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The Methuselah Strain

The Methuselah Strain [Kindle Edition]

Stuart Aken
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As the Prime Renegade plans the disabling of automatic systems that support the dwindling human population, she seeks a man to love and to father her child. The usual route of artificial insemination appeals to her about as much as the materialistic and hedonistic philosophy that now drives most people. And, secretly, forces designed to serve mankind develop a sense of superiority that might threaten human survival.
This science fiction novelette, running to around 26,000 words, is set on Earth some few hundred years in the future. Much has happened to change the planet with which we are familiar, but human beings remain pretty much the mixed-up and flawed creatures we have always been.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 203 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Stuart Aken (23 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IZD9UU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #695,059 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stuart Aken, born in Yorkshire, against the odds in a neighbour's bed, aims to amuse, inspire and inform with his writing. He writes short and long fiction in many different genres and is a winner in national writing contests. Married, with a grown-up daughter.

He has published a romantic thriller, a science fiction novelette, and anthologies of his short stories.
His epic fantasy series, A Seared Sky, is currently published as the first two books. Joinings, book 1, is available in both print and digital form. And Partings, book 2, is currently available as an ebook, with the print version due out soon. The final book, Convergence, is due for publication before Xmas. This trilogy, 600,000 words, is an epic quest fantasy set in an invented world, and follows the adventures of 3 separate couples as they struggle against corruption, religious hypocrisy and the ambitions of a powerful evil sect intent on dominating all of mankind.
Ten Tales for Tomorrow is a collection of speculative fiction, much of it dark, but with a few lighter stories included.
Ten Love Tales contains a selection of gentle tales about romance. There is no explicit sex here and the stories are light in flavour, intended to leave the reader with a smile and positive feelings.
Sensuous Touches, on the other hand, is full of explicit sex. A collection of 8 erotic tales, including an adult fairy tale and a spot of BDSM. All heterosexual connections with plenty of lusty action and loving fantasy entwined.
The Methuselah Strain is a science fiction novelette set in a relatively near future Earth where population has declined and the remaining inhabitants live long hedonistic lives until Lucy comes along to change things.
Breaking Faith is published as a paperback as well as an ebook and is a romantic thriller telling the story of an innocent who comes into contact with corruption and the threat of violence.
A Sackful of Shorts is an anthology of short fiction from Hornsea Writers, a group of published authors writing in numerous genres, for which he is the editor, designer and a contributor.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Top-Notch Futuristic Novella 22 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Five stars for The Methuselah Strain because, though limited in scope, it accomplished much. The theme is well developed, the characters expertly imagined, the writing smooth and the vocabulary unique. I read it quickly, enjoying the clever plot and the disturbing ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The new Asimov has arrived! 2 Jun 2012
By gabi
Format:Kindle Edition
I've just finished this and wow. The twists, the turns, the aching irony.

I loved it. I dare not give a thing away but for any lovers of science fiction, future fantasy and really well written tension, buy this now.

I can't believe I got if for less than a fiver!

Thank you Stuart, keep up the good work!

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4.0 out of 5 stars 4.0 on the Masq Scale 8 Mar 2014
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Devorah F.'s Review

I had trouble getting into this at first. Not that it isn't well written--it is. The author tasked himself with writing a “novelette,” a story with the complexity of a novel and the brevity of a short story. As a result the writing is admirably economical; nothing wasted, nothing extraneous. Every word counts.

I was also impressed with how thoroughly author Stuart Aken knows his imagined future world, from the geographical, political, economic and technological changes to the smallest details of everyday life. Aken writes about it all with the confident unhesitating familiarity of one who has lived there.

Initially I was put off by all the sex. Not that it’s gratuitous and once I came to understand its role in this future world I understood its place in the story. Still, there’s a lot of it.

I’m glad I kept reading though and I really enjoyed the latter half which was thought provoking. I found myself asking, “Yeah, what about that?”

And I had to chuckle that even hundreds of years into the future some old-fashioned values still hold sway. It put me in mind of "Star Trek" and how no matter how many worlds the Enterprise crew visited or how many different types of aliens and civilizations they encountered, being human was always the best way to be.

The ending was a complete surprise. Never saw that coming.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Top-Notch Futuristic Novella 22 Oct 2013
By Ken Brimhall - Published on
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Five stars for The Methuselah Strain because, though limited in scope, it accomplished much. The theme is well developed, the characters expertly imagined, the writing smooth and the vocabulary unique. I read it quickly, enjoying the clever plot and the disturbing ending.
5.0 out of 5 stars An Ideal World? 22 July 2013
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What is your idea of an ideal World? Perhaps, one where robots do all the work, have been programmed to follow your commands, to serve you and see you are satisfied in everything. You are left to do, well nothing, except what gives you the most pleasure; engage in a little hanky-panky and even the human looking robots are programmed to serve you that way as well.
Author Stuart Aken puts on his philosopher's hat and explores such an ideal world in a fast moving and entertaining story about a love affair between two humans. One of these humans is Luce, an originators of this new World who is having second thoughts about her creations.
Aken moves us along the story like a symphony conductor, logically and smoothly. There is an interesting and tantalizing twist at the end of the story. I challenge you to figure it out before you put the book down.
Excellent story, well written, reads fast; all qualities of an excellent story.
4.0 out of 5 stars What If for Adults? 14 April 2013
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Androids make Earth easy and perfect. Then disaster hits. For those left it's a very different world where life extends forever and androids are slaves.
2.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad I read to the end 20 Feb 2012
By Sarah Baethge - Published on
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The Methuselah Strain by Stewart Aken is a story with a frightening view of the future world. After a devastating asteroid shower the population has grown so small that a normal person can go for years without coming into view of another human face. This is not as lonely as it may sound, because technology has so advanced that through computer programs and with the aid of robots, virtually any act is possible.
In fact, people no longer bother to even reproduce, because anyone still alive has been genetically altered so that any ageing has been virtually stopped. This is why when a technical wizard decides that she would enjoy a more natural life, she instigates unspeakable actions through through that same technology she once served. How better to get others to agree with her beliefs?
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