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Sims, Book 3: Meerm (Sims Series) [Hardcover]

F. Paul Wilson
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Sep 2002 Sims Series
Just a few hundred genes separate humans from chimpanzees. Imagine someone altering the chimp genome, splicing in human genes to increase the size of the cranium, reduce the amount of body hair, enable speech. What sort of creature would result? SIMS takes place in the very near future, when the science of genetics is fulfilling its vaunted potential. It's a world where genetically transmitted diseases are being eliminated. A world where dangerous of boring manual labour is being transferred to "sims", genetically altered chimps who occupy a gray zone between simian and human.
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  • Hardcover: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Cemetery Dance Publications (Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158767050X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587670503
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 14.6 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,283,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"F. Paul Wilson is among the finest storytellers of our time."-"Rocky Mountain News""What comes through most clearly . . . is the author's unself-conscious enthusiasm for the craft of storytelling. . . . He's a solid, dependable talent.""-San Francisco Chronicle" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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F. Paul Wilson, a" New York Times" bestselling author of horror, adventure, medical thrillers, science fiction, and virtually everything in between, is a practicing physician who resides in Wall, New Jersey. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Sims 22 Feb 2012
By Stalker VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Sims is set in the near future where a genetic research company creates what is effectively a slave race of genetically modified chimpanzees. As you would expect from Wilson who is a practicing doctor the science in the book is all very believable. However, the social aspects are much less so: I can't see a country with the USA's history accepting such a blatant slave race. Whilst I initially feared the sims would start to take over the world (like "Planet of the Apes"), this isn't that kind of book. Some of the humans are the only monsters here. However, this is nowhere near Wilson at his best. The story soon turns into a fairly predictable standard thriller of government corruption and secret organisations; all very entertaining up to a point, but lacking in any originality beyond the detail of the science.
I like a lot of Wilson's work, mainly because he usually comes up with some original angles for his characters that manage to surprise me. However, that aspect is sadly lacking in this story.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Worst FPW ever... 16 Feb 2005
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This is a poor book by Wilson's high standards. Firstly, he sets it in the near future in a world almost without difference form our own...everything is the same, except that genetics have evlolved to the point were chimp-human hybrids exist everywhere as a form of slave labour. Anyway, a hot-shot young lawyer decides to help a shadowy underworld organization organize a union for these SIMS, and the book tells their story...beyond the genetically modified mandrill playing Mortal Kombat 22 though, its a rather boring story. It also features an amazingly predictable "shock" ending...simply not up to FPW's usual standard, although i guess everyone is allowed an off day.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scary peek into the future of genetics 28 May 2004
By Eileen Rieback - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
It is the near future, and there have been amazing advances in genetics research. Through gene therapy, many diseases have been cured. The SimGen Corporation has now created a transgenic species called sims, part chimpanzee and part human, that are used as slave labor. Suddenly a group of sims working as caddies at a golf club want to unionize. They hire lawyer Patrick Sullivan to represent them, and he begins to ponder whether sims are entitled to human rights. He soon meets activist Romy Cadman and a mysterious masked man, simply called Zero, who are on a crusade to destroy SimGen and stop the creation of sims. While the three of them try to protect the sims, they come close to uncovering a sinister secret in SimGen, and the company will stop at nothing to deter them.
The reader is treated to a fascinating peek into a possible future for genetics research. This hypothetical forecast is not so far-fetched, however scary and unethical it might be. Transgenic animals, in which human genetic material is inserted into animal DNA, are already being created today for the benefit of humanity. Transgenic cows have been developed, and they have human proteins in their milk, such as insulin, that can be used by the pharmaceutical industry to treat human disease. Pigs with human DNA are being developed with the goal of future use in organ transplants. This novel carries genetic experimentation forward to a next logical step: transgenic primates. Where would such creatures stand in society? Would they be considered people or animals?
"Sims" was originally written as a series of novellas, but the story holds together seamlessly as a novel. Although very different from F. Paul Wilson's Repairman Jack novels, it is an excellent science thriller. At times the story line is a bit formulaic, a la Robin Cook, with an evil corporation twisting medical procedures for its own unspeakable ends and ruthlessly destroying those who stand in its path. But it touches on a fascinating subject, is fast-paced, and is full of edge-of-your-seat suspense. The ending has a surprising twist. I recommend this book not only as a riveting read but also as food for thought on the ethics of genetic manipulation.
Eileen Rieback
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4.0 out of 5 stars SIMply ejoyable. 19 May 2001
By utsugi6string - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Sims takes place on Earth, but in an alternate time stream. On this Earth, the field of genetics is far ahead of what we have today. On this Earth gene splicing is a common occurrence. On this Earth, almost every major genetically transferred disease has been all but forgotten.
SimGen is the largest company in the world. How did they get there? They market genetically altered chimpanzees called SIMS. SimGen has found the genes that will allow these SIMS: limited speech, be larger in size, not reproduce, and yet be docile enough to work. SimGen leases their "product" to business throughout the world as cheap but efficient labor.
Not being happy with their fate, a group of SIMS has enlisted the aid of a lawyer named Patrick Sullivan to help them form a union. Could this be the start of the downfall of the giant corporation known as SimGen?
In Wilson's forward, he states that this is the first novella in what will probably comprise 5 or more books. Though not groundbreaking, this first novella sets the groundwork for what looks to be a solid series.
Currently, this book is only available as a signed limited edition through Cemetery Dance Publications. The print run was only 750 copies. So, if you can find one, snatch it up. There aren't many to go around. Future installments will likewise be the same. Hopefully in the future, there will be a mass-market paperback version so that a larger number of people could enjoy this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Genetic tampering has horrifying results. 6 May 2003
By E. Bukowsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The time is the future. Through genetic manipulation, an underclass, part man and part chimpanzee, has been created for the purpose of serving man. This new creature, known as a "sim," is docile and has no desire for money or sex; he or she theoretically cannot procreate. For these reasons, sims make ideal servants and they are a source of enormous profit. SimGen is a multibillion-dollar corporation that has the exclusive right to create and lease these creatures. The owners will resort to anything, including violence, to keep the dollars rolling in.
Patrick Sullivan, a crafty labor lawyer, is shocked when he is approached by a sim who can read. This sim works at a golf club and he wants Patrick to form a union for sims. Patrick, along with a mysterious individual named Zero and a woman named Romy Cadman, risk their lives by fighting for the right of sims to be considered as individuals, not products.
Although, in lesser hands, this story could have come across as silly or maudlin, Wilson manages to imbue his novel with enough gentle humor, pathos, and suspense to make it work. "Sims" has its imperfections. At over four hundred pages, it is unnecessarily long and repetitious. The villains are stereotypes and they are unbelievably inept considering the resources at their disposal. However, the David and Goliath aspect of the novel has a certain appeal and Wilson is skilled at presenting fascinating scientific background about genetics. "Sims" is a timely and exciting novel about the danger of technology without morality.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking SF 12 April 2003
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In the near future, two brothers Mercer and Elias Sinclair formed a company called SimGen that spliced chimpanzees and human genes creating a new life form, Sims that is neither human nor chimp but a sterile hybrid. Sims have forty four chromosomes and humans have forty six but the most crucial difference of all is that Sims are considered property even though they can think, talk and pray to the same God humans worship.
They are leased to individuals and corporations but SimGen owns them and this situation is very repugnant to Romy Cadman who works for a secret organization headed by Zero. He is dedicated to forcing the public to accept Sims as a branch of the human family. Patrick Sullivan is approached by a group of Sims who desire to form a union. What starts out as a task becomes a cause as the attorney comes to believe totally Sims deserve civil rights. What the public doesn't know and Romy and Patrick are only beginning to learn is that there is a shadow organization within SimGen that will go to any lengths to protect their experiments and dirty secrets.
This work is science fiction though the technology to create a Sim outside of the game world seems just around the corner. The story line is exciting, fast-paced and scientifically based raising powerful social issues that should be dealt with sooner than later. F. Paul Wilson is well known for his repairman Jack Horror novels but readers should note that SIMS is totally different but just as creative and cutting edge.
Harriet Klausner
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and current 27 Aug 2003
By booksforabuck - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Patrick Sullivan is a lawyer, not an activist. If the country club managers hadn't been so rude and so contemptuous, he would have walked away from the sims seeking a union. In a moment of pique, however, he took on the clients and the case--and set himself up for a world of trouble. SimGen has become one of the largest corporations in America largely on the strength of one 'product.' A genetically altered species of chimpanzee, with human genes spliced in--the sim. Thanks to hardworking sims (engineered to work without complaining, without pay, and without weekends and holidays), the U.S. is able to compete with low-wage countries again, able to spare its 'humans' from the worst jobs, and able to enjoy an economic boom. When Patrick files his lawsuit, SimGen turns its legal and extra-legal weapons directly on him--because sims are property, and property cannot unionize, cannot petition the government, and certainly cannot be considered 'people' in any sense--not if SimGen is to stay in business. Worse, SimGen has powerful backers--backers that frighten even the corporation's founders. They don't like Patrick much either. Fortunately, Patrick finds a few allies--in an organization that is trying to eliminate the entire sim industry. But allies like that can get him killed too.
Author F. Paul Wilson has created a powerful and exciting story out of current headlines. In scientific circles, there is currently a debate about whether chimpanzees should be reclassified as part of genus homo--as part of the human family. They are, in fact, more closely related to humans than they are to gorillas. DNA research is inserting genes from one species into another--to produce insect resistant crops and specialty animals for medical research. Science could allow development of something like the sims, and allow it relatively soon. Wilson's fears about the government backing down to financial pressures and of secret government funding of projects is also based on current trends--the C.I.A. has even created a venture capital fund to promote research into areas of its interest. Wilson didn't even get into the heart of the problems of government agencies who have their own funding and no need to go to Congress for funding and authorization.
Wilson's strong writing propells the story forward. Although many of the plot twists are predictable, they are, nevertheless, enjoyable and satisfying. SIMS is hard to put down. I read it in a single sitting.
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