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Red Queen [Hardcover]

Dirk Draulens , Dirk Draulans , Sam Garrett
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (Nov 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312156367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312156367
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 14.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,242,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 22 Dec 2008
Format:Hardcover
A fantastic read. Thrilling from start to finish. The book merges biology and a superb storyline to create an astounding read. Highly recommended - 5 stars.
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The biological possiblities of asexual reproduction are over-stressed and ultimately boring. The worst part of this book's view of the future is the utter passivity and incompetence of a world of women. All technology (except biological research) breaks down - presumably there are no competent women engineers to run anything. The women allow themselves to be pushed by a totalitarian government into a lifestyle they despise. Reviews of the book describe Diana as a man-hating woman; I have to feel that the author is a woman-hating man to portray such a gloomy result of female dominance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mad Max meets 1984 17 Feb 2007
By Walt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Would make a fantastic movie. What's even more interesting than the plot itself are the passages and lectures the man-hating Diana gives at the beginning of each chapter.

Whereas in George Orwell's 1984 it was mostly boring droning going on through the TV SET that controlled the population, here we are taught and interestingly shown how sexual reproduction takes place in other parts of nature, and how female species can survive alone and/or are the dominant leader. These passages of facts are a wonder in itself. From nasty bed bug sex to uncanny fish who can swap thier sex when populations are low, to families of monkeys where the female is leader. The facts in here are outstanding and make excellent dinner talk for later. Overall, this is an exhilirating read with a little Mad Max thrown in too as women ride around in pickups in a post apocalyptic woman-dominated future with a machine gun mounted at back ready to gun down any surviving men who are immune to the male killing virus and spend thier last days hiding out in the woods, escaping a hitleresque type annihilation.

Diana ultimately realizes though that they must keep some men alive when test tube breeding between women fails to give birth to a healthy female baby. Surviving men are then collected and thrust into a chamber of terror and torture as they are mechanically milked for their semen to continue the all-female population.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A depressing, ugly view of a future with passive women 5 May 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The biological possiblities of asexual reproduction are over-stressed and ultimately boring. The worst part of this book's view of the future is the utter passivity and incompetence of a world of women. All technology (except biological research) breaks down - presumably there are no competent women engineers to run anything. The women allow themselves to be pushed by a totalitarian government into a lifestyle they despise. Reviews of the book describe Diana as a man-hating woman; I have to feel that the author is a woman-hating man to portray such a gloomy result of female dominance.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a great read... 14 Jan 2004
By Thomas Duff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A fictional novel where a female scientist has designed a virus to kill off all men. She then takes over the country and develops methods by which pregnancies can be started by egg manipulation. They have armies to kill off any remaining men. But it turns out that the reproduction methods have serious drawbacks they can't solve, so they are killing themselves off. One remaining man exists, and ends up being the person they need to save them. Too much feminist jargon that turns out to be faulty in the end.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Two great minds 15 July 2001
By Yuval Yuval - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In 1991-1992 I wrote a book dealing with the same subject and came to the same conclusions. I tried to interest some publishers in Israel (I write in Hebrew) and, since I was rejected for all the wrong reasons, I put it aside just to learn, ten years later, that a more persistent author overcame the publisher's opinion.
I learned about the Red Queen only when an Australian resarcher (Dr. Orly Lacham-Kaplan) became famous for a method in which no male sperm is needed for fertilization. When I told her about my book she told me about Dirk Draulans's book which, according to her, was the same book as mine.
I am not acusing anybody of plagiarism, but I am afraid that it is too late for me now to try and publish something that has already been published.
Since then I made a few changes in the novel, returned the men to life and spread love and hope in the miserable world I had built. The reason I rank the Red Queen only 1 star is that the author failed to make those corrections.
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