“The Masked World,” Jack Williamson, 1963

“The Masked World,” Jack Williamson, 1963 — An astronaut searches for his wife, Lilith.  Lilith was part of a survey tasked with “reading” the genetic code of the life there with advanced genetic probes.  Upon reconstructing Lilith’s work, the protagonist discovers that she’s left him a message using copper and arsenic atoms inserted into a genetic code: The life on the planet is pseudomorphic.

Comments: Read in At the Human Limit.

Author: Wikipedia: “John Stewart Williamson (April 29, 1908 – November 10, 2006), who wrote as Jack Williamson (and occasionally under the pseudonyms Will Stewart and Nils O. Sonderlund) was a U.S. writer often referred to as the ‘Dean of Science Fiction’ following the death in 1988 of Robert A. Heinlein.”

 

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This entry was posted in 1960-1969, astronauts, identity/authenticity, interior/exterior, love/family/children, natural/artificial, simulacra, space exploration, the body, the Other, the scientist. Bookmark the permalink.

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