The Embracer

by Gary Wolf



Book Details

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Publication Date : 10/14/2009

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 168
ISBN : 9781440174247

About the Book

This is the revised second edition of Gary Wolf's first novel, originally published in 2003.

Imagine a society without gender roles, and even without gender itself. This is the emerging reality in the world of the early 2040s.

Harris, a talented but despondent software engineer, spends his free time chasing the latest rage in consciousness-expansion. His mundane life takes an unexpected turn when he lands a high position at the BrainHost company, located at the pinnacle of world culture, the CityTech urban agglomeration.

Harris discovers that in CityTech, romance is being replaced by the “coital matrix,” where every stage of the process is preplanned and engineered. Meanwhile, BrainHost and others are experimenting with the implantation of male and female sexual organs inside the body of a single person, while eliminating all external traces of gender. This self-contained human, the Embracer, is seen by its creators as the panacea of humanity.

Alternately repelled and enticed by the new order, Harris is drawn into the maelstrom. He eventually becomes a leading advocate. But then he must confront a beautiful young woman who aims to sabotage the mighty CityTech…

About the Author

Gary Wolf is the author of futuristic novels that portray worlds in which multiculturalism and political correctness have run amok.

From 2000 to 2006 Wolf lived in Paris, during which time he witnessed the breathtaking collapse of traditional European culture. Against the backdrop of the city's aesthetic and historical splendor, he observed the unraveling of Western civilization under the weight of multiculturalism, deconstructionism, the "root causes" mantra, moral equivalence, and self-hatred.

His reaction was to author a trilogy that confronts this process and its derivatives. Using the genre of speculative fiction, he wrote three futuristic novels that tackle different aspects of the contemporary malaise: "Workshop of the Second Self" -- dumbing down, reverse discrimination, and the victim industry; "Alternating Worlds" -- multiculturalism; "The Embracer" -- gender confusion.

In early 2009, Wolf completed another futuristic novel, "The Kicker of St. John’s Wood," a literary journey into the depths of the American national psyche in the twenty-first century.