Misspent Youth

Misspent Youth

eBook - 2006
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Following decades of research on genetics, Europe is finally in a position to rejuvenate a human being. The first subject for treatment is chosen: Jeff Baker, the father of the datasphere (which replaced the Internet) and philanthropist extraordinaire. After 18 months in a German medical facility, the 78-year-old patient returns home looking like a healthy 20-year-old. Unfortunately, the goal of the experiment--to have Baker's genius applied to energy conservation--is derailed by his raging hormones, which lead him to hit on every attractive woman in sight, including his teenage son's girlfriend. Misspent Youth follows the effect Jeff's reappearance has on his family and also on his long-term pals who are now all pensioners, and starting to resent what Jeff has become. Baker welcomes his transformation from senior citizen to the physical state of a young man just out of his teens, but after the initial euphoria, myriad problems of adjustment set in. The effects on Baker's family, pensioner friends and society in general are much greater than he anticipated, and soon he is wondering about the wisdom of his challenging of nature.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books, 2006
ISBN: 0345495519 (electronic bk.)
9780345495518 (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK S HAMILTON
Characteristics: 1 online resource (403 pages)

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RunningJoke
Oct 14, 2015

The "American" edition was poorly edited (punctuation and plot-wise); perhaps the "Original British" edition was better?

KasiRosanne is correct when they state that this has very little science fiction in it. It ends up "taking a back seat" to "human interpersonal relations" (maybe the author was experimenting with his "softcore-erotic writing skills"?); even though it is ostensibly about life-extension technology and its impact.

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KasiRosanne
Feb 10, 2011

Not one of his better books. A bit lacking on the technical Science Fiction side of things, unlike his trilogies. More about human relationships (sometimes concentrating a bit too much on the physcial ones to put it in a polite way).
Read it if you want to or better yet read one of his other books.

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Oct 14, 2015

RunningJoke thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 16 and 99

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