4 of 5 stars.
Genetic research and modifications is a few rounds beyond the laws and consumer protections. Being at the forefront of modern science and with the potential to do great good and harm, perhaps the ethical line in the sand will never be determined. This tale filters through the eyes of anti-genetic engineering detective, Liz Arus, who sees the science world in black and white since the death of her mother by an engineered virus. Her parents’ legitimate careers as hospital genetic researchers is good and noble. Non-sanctioned construction of new genetic combinations is evil, even if it’s the cure to cancer.
Liz and a squad of vice cops close in on the seemingly abandoned warehouse as if it were a back-alley abortion clinic. Inside sits a gene-modification lab, illicit, as they all are. Within the well-lit, sterile lab lies a corpse riddled with growths, a sure sign of a black market gene procedure. She also finds a small stash of sera she’s able to quarantine. After the vice cops move beyond the lab with the body, Liz is left alone with her find. Alone, that is, until the corpse sits up, bites her, and pierces her trachea causing her to bleed out . . .
Four days later, Liz awakens under her Dad’s care at the hospital. No physical scars remain from whatever happened at the warehouse . . .
This contest-winning tale appears in Writers of the Future 32 edited by David Farland. It’s illustrated by contest-winning artist, Talia Spencer. I received this new anthology from Netgalley.
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