The Morphodite



[Download] ✤ The Morphodite By M.A. Foster – E17streets4all.co.uk The Morphodite by MA FosterHow do you destroy a conspiracy without making waves Because every such underground movement has a key person, the subtle way is to remove that keystone and watch the rest o The Morphodite by MA FosterHow do you destroy a conspiracy without making waves Because every such underground movement has a key person, the subtle way is to remove that keystone and watch the rest of the organization fall apartTheir world was ultra conservative, isolated, opposed to change Their secret police had tried many means to keep it that way Now they had contrived their cleverest secret weapon This was a genetically patterned, laboratory raised human genius, The MorphoditeThe Morphodite needed no computers to detect the key to any conspiracy the know how was structured into his her brain The Morphodite needed no assistance to make a foolproof escape after such an assassination The know how was built into his her bodyBut The Morphodite had one defect its gestapo parents had not planned He shecould think for itself And its thoughts were total subversion.The Morphodite

Librarian note There isthan one author in the GoodReads database with this nameUS writer, former data systems analyst and sequentially a Russian linguist and ICBM launch crew commander to the US Air Force he is also a semiprofessional photographer After some poetry, released privately as Shards from Byzantium coll chap and The Vaseline Dreams of Hundifer Jones coll chap , he began to publish sf with the ambitious Ler trilogy about a race of Supermen created by Genetic Engineering whose social structure is built around a form of line marriage here called a braid The Gameplayers of Zan , a very long novel formally constructed on the model of an Elizabethan tragedy, describes a period of climactic tension between the ler and the rest of humanity, and is set on Earth The Warriors of Dawn , published first but set later, is aconventional Space Opera in which a human male and a ler female are forced to team up to try to solve a complexly ramifying problem of interstellar piracy The Day of the Klesh brings the ler and the eponymous race of humans together on a planet where they must solve their differences The Morphodite Transformer sequence which followed comprises The Morphodite , Transformer and Preserver , all three assembled as The Transformer Trilogy omni , and similarly uses forms of meditative Shapeshifting to buttress complex plots, though in this case the alternately male or female, revolution fomenting, protagonist dominates the tale as assassin, trickster and Superman Waves rather recalls Stanis aw Lem s Solaris in a tale of political intrigue on a planet whose ocean is intelligent The four novellas collected in Owl Time coll are told in challengingly various modes, and derive strength from their mutual contrastMore recently, the author has been involved with the writing of storylines for Acme comics.

The Morphodite MOBI ò Paperback
  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • The Morphodite
  • M.A. Foster
  • English
  • 17 August 2017
  • 0879976691

10 thoughts on “The Morphodite

  1. says:

    reviews.metaphorosis.com 3 starsOn a world where change of any kind is actively suppressed, a shadowy conspiracy has created a powerful weapon a person who can pinpoint the linchpin of any society and remove it But what do you do when your weapon has a mind of its own I first ran across M A Foster through The Gameplayers of Zan, the first in his complex and and interesting Ler series I subsequently picked up many of his other books, including the Morphodite trilogy I remember them as bein reviews.metaphorosis.com 3 starsOn a world where change of any kind is actively suppressed, a shadowy conspiracy has created a powerful weapon a person who can pinpoint the linchpin of any society and remove it But what do you do when your weapon has a mind of its own I first ran across M A Foster through The Gameplayers of Zan, the first in his complex and and interesting Ler series I subsequently picked up many of his other books, including the Morphodite trilogy I remember them as being dense but rewarding, somewhat like David Zindell s later Neverness books.On re reading The Morphodite, I was struck by the book s very strong similarities to Jack Vance s work I either didn t recall this, or hadn t noted it when I read this back in the 80s and had read less of Vance Nonetheless, the society the book describes is very much a Vancean one, complete with absurd rules, formal ceremony, and fatal flaws Reading this now, it s hard to imagine that Foster didn t know exactly whom he was emulating or was inspired by.Foster s doesn t use language in the same lively, playful way that Vance does His prose trudges from place to place in a dense but workmanlike manner His characters, however, are farhuman and sympathetic than Vance s, if devoid of their sardonic humor The result works, but feels as if it could have beenin different hands.The strength of the story is in the protagonist, a distant but likeable character sent out to cause chaos, but also trying to find his own way and place in the world His interactions with others tend toward the shallow perhaps subtle , but his inner struggles are interesting.If you re a fan of Jack Vance s cultures, but could do without the wordplay, this is the book for you In any case it s the kind of interesting exploration of an idea that SF does well If the prose doesn t sparkle, it s still strong enough to carry along a clever concept

  2. says:

    This is a freakly little book, one that I have read easily a dozen times One of my dozen or so favorites.Foster s THE MORPHODITE the plot is a loose, necessarily odd structured assassination fugitve story, and I have great affection for all the characters BUT what captivates are the ideas.The Morphodite character unites two crazy propositions, and two crazy propositions at the same time might be too many SPOILERS Pretty abstract, as spoilers go 1 A person is taught to change its own This is a freakly little book, one that I have read easily a dozen times One of my dozen or so favorites.Foster s THE MORPHODITE the plot is a loose, necessarily odd structured assassination fugitve story, and I have great affection for all the characters BUT what captivates are the ideas.The Morphodite character unites two crazy propositions, and two crazy propositions at the same time might be too many SPOILERS Pretty abstract, as spoilers go 1 A person is taught to change its own genetic structure and thereby change its body entirely, reverting into one of its own ancestors or a new combination of its ancestral gene traits In so doing, it swaps genders That s a crazy proposition one that really affected my understanding of mortality, and which provoked me to read muchabout genetic science.2 In any social structure, there exist tiny variables that, altered or removed, may upset the entire structure There are ways to determine the critical variable, change it, and overturn the whole applecart And to observers at the time, the maneuver might seem invisible That s a crazy proposition one that really affected my understanding of history and power, and which led me to study homeokinetics It makes absolutely no difference whether we approach the universe from an initial position of truth or falsity The truth will out, if we pursue it far enough, and the result will astound either origin equally That s a quote burned into my head It changed me, no kidding END SPOILERS The book is followed by two sequels, TRANSFORMER and PRESERVER The whole trilogy is pretty good, but it was Tiresio Rael in the first book who really got to me

  3. says:

    Oerlikon was a world where people had decided the best course was to not to change A very strict society had developed with police forces ever on the alert for changes The internal security police developed, in their, human modification labs, the Morphodite, a person that had the ability to figure out who was the key person in an organization, to assassinate him or her, and to get away As part of the escape mechanism Morphodite could change him or herself at will though would end up about Oerlikon was a world where people had decided the best course was to not to change A very strict society had developed with police forces ever on the alert for changes The internal security police developed, in their, human modification labs, the Morphodite, a person that had the ability to figure out who was the key person in an organization, to assassinate him or her, and to get away As part of the escape mechanism Morphodite could change him or herself at will though would end up about 15 younger and of the opposite gender than before They decide to release the Morphodite on a rebel group that had been advocating change but the plan backfires in that the Morphodite had his own ideas and kills the one person that triggers change on a global basis Much of the story is from the Morphodite s perspective, first as Jael, then as Damistofia Azart, and finally as Phaedrus review written 03 17 2007

  4. says:

    Morphodite 1981 Transformer 83 Preserver 85 In essence, these are classic good vs evil confrontations, with the moral vigor of the Morphodite and his allies contrasted with the evil and corruption of the Mask Factory and the Galactics who built it But they ll get their comeuppance, in the oft appalling vengeance of the Morphodite This closely linked series features marvelously Vancean writing, vivid characters and weird societies Minor plot logic lapses And, I m sorry to say, PRESERVER isn Morphodite 1981 Transformer 83 Preserver 85 In essence, these are classic good vs evil confrontations, with the moral vigor of the Morphodite and his allies contrasted with the evil and corruption of the Mask Factory and the Galactics who built it But they ll get their comeuppance, in the oft appalling vengeance of the Morphodite This closely linked series features marvelously Vancean writing, vivid characters and weird societies Minor plot logic lapses And, I m sorry to say, PRESERVER isn t as good as the first two, so you may want to stop at 2.Pluses good sex and better characters The major characters are remarkably well drawn And Foster had a real talent for sketching weird but plausible human societies Plus he s a marvelous storyteller.Minus humor Almost none detectable And the third book is rather perfunctory.Morphodite Transformer are two of the best SF novels of the 80 s, I think, and if you ve missed out on discovering Mike Foster, you have a number of treats in store Sadly, his books never sold that well, and so he dropped out of writing SF over 20 years ago A real pity, and a real loss to science fiction This is an old review, probably posted first to Usenet, revised in 2005 for , lightly revised for here

  5. says:

    I remember really enjoying this book The main character could morph to look like different people but it was not a fast, easy process Based on the other reviews, he she it was engineered to defeat uprisings but could think for itself and apparently turned the tables.

  6. says:

    In truth, I didn t really enjoy this book.The premise itself is awesome Assassinations in history have done little or nothing to stem the tides of power But what if you could change that What if they were targeting the wrong people and should have been gunning for the quiet people behind the power Those people who are, in reality, the linchpins that hold a social system together What if a group created a genetically modified entity specifically designed to target these individuals It would In truth, I didn t really enjoy this book.The premise itself is awesome Assassinations in history have done little or nothing to stem the tides of power But what if you could change that What if they were targeting the wrong people and should have been gunning for the quiet people behind the power Those people who are, in reality, the linchpins that hold a social system together What if a group created a genetically modified entity specifically designed to target these individuals It would be an awesome story What the hell happened here Well, first of all, the first 50 pages of this novel really drag along and do nothing to further the plot or the characters This really made me lose interest and find myself dragging my feet to start with Secondly, the alien world and its culture do nothing to support the promising premise, and really get in the way of the story tellingoften than not.That said, I was amazed to find out that one of my co workers had actually met the author From his anecdotes, evidently the guy has a great sense of humor, something I wish I d seenof in here The moments of humor feel genuine and are truly great

  7. says:

    M A Foster s first book in his Morphodite series The Morphodite was a young man who had been raised with a different knowledge of science than the rest of the universe He was meant to be an experiment and then, if the experiment was successful, he would be used as the ultimate spy, since no one would be able to track him with the ability to not only change his appearance, but his sex, age and even DNA code Unfortunately, what no one expected was that the Morphodite would be a little bit M A Foster s first book in his Morphodite series The Morphodite was a young man who had been raised with a different knowledge of science than the rest of the universe He was meant to be an experiment and then, if the experiment was successful, he would be used as the ultimate spy, since no one would be able to track him with the ability to not only change his appearance, but his sex, age and even DNA code Unfortunately, what no one expected was that the Morphodite would be a little bit TOO good at his job Part thriller, part social commentary, part sci fi novel, this book is an intense read, but well worth it Written in 1981, it might feel a bit dated, but the ideas are still as fresh and interesting as the day that Foster wrote this book

  8. says:

    I ve read this book many times It s not written amazingly well, but the premise and concept are uber cool what if someone could delve into the Ether and figure out who that one person was that holds a given society together hint it s never the political figurehead What if that someone was an assassin who could escape unscathed because they can Change in to another person altogether I just find the whole thing interesting and the lines of thought intriguing, especially as what would norm I ve read this book many times It s not written amazingly well, but the premise and concept are uber cool what if someone could delve into the Ether and figure out who that one person was that holds a given society together hint it s never the political figurehead What if that someone was an assassin who could escape unscathed because they can Change in to another person altogether I just find the whole thing interesting and the lines of thought intriguing, especially as what would normally be called fantasy is written with a scientific mind set Might be just me however, as I ve not found anyone else who has read the book

  9. says:

    1988 grade D Series book T1

  10. says:

    Another superb collection from m a foster

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