Friday, April 5, 2013

Biopunk Fiction

Biopunk is a subgenre of science fiction that focuses on unintended consequences of biotechnology.  Characters are often fighting against governments and corporations that espouse genetic manipulation to modify and enhance human performance, although some feature an archetypical "mad scientist", researching for research's sake.  Many biopunk titles have elements of dystopia, steampunk, cyberpunk, and other subgenres of science fiction. Here are some biopunk novels (some adult, some YA) you can find in the library catalog:

The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Perdido Street Station by China Miéville

Dawn: Xenogenesis by Octavia Butler 

The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells

Skinned by Robin Wasserman

The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist

Altered by Jennifer Rush

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Adaptation by Malinda Lo

Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien

Also consider biopunk films:

Jurassic Park

The Fly



Read more about how science is portrayed in movies! 

Hollywood Science: Movies, Science, and the End of the World by Sidney Perkowitz

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