Biopunk Books: What They’re About

For those of you who are wondering, yes biopunk books do exist. Biopunk is a foretaste of science fiction that focuses on the intended (and unintended) consequences of biotechnology. Nature has billions of years to create all kinds of living things because we are just beginning to discover how biology really works. And as a human being, we have long thought about things before we understand it. It’s only a matter of time before children find my first genetic lab among the real native creatures and will promote Christmas as a Pokémon.




In America after the Civil War came the armies Pro-Choice and Pro-life to an agreement. The agreement states the bill of life states that human life from the moment of conception should not be touched. The catch is it can’t be touched until the child reaches the age of thirteen. Between the ages of 13 and 18, a parent may choose to lose a child retroactively through a process called “peeling”. Deception makes sure that the child’s life does not end “technically” by transplanting the entire child’s organs body for different receivers. Now, a very common and accepted practice in society, difficult or unwanted teens can be solved easily.

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Unwind Biopunk Books by Neal Shusterman

The Dervish House

Although not necessarily an example biopunk books exclusively, The Dervish house does contain elements of biopunk. For five days of a heat wave in Istanbul weaving six lives (a retired economist, a nine-year-old boy, a rogue trader, a young graduate, an art dealer and lazy) a history of business and commercial behavior, Islamic mysticism, political and economic intrigue, the ancient Ottoman mysteries, a terrifying new threat of terrorism and nanotechnology with the potential to change every person on earth. Some readers like the prose or the rhythm of author McDonald. Still others are bored with long descriptions. They are of course annoyed by too many characters and is outraged by the bad behavior of all the protagonists. Also, avoid if you are irritated by the present.

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The dervish house by Ian McDonald is one of the biopunk books


Another famous example of a biopunk book is Leviathan. In this first book of the YA Leviathan trilogy, it is more of an alternate past novel. The theme being steampunk machines and genetically manipulated samples are used to fight the First World War.

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Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld is one of the greatest biopunk books.

The Glass Bees

The glass bees goes over two days in the life of Captain Richard, a former unemployed man who a cuirassier feels is lost in a world that has become more technologically advanced and more impersonal. Richard agrees to a job interview at Zapparoni Works, a company that manufactures and designs robots, including the eponymous glass bees. Richard’s first personal story combines the display of his unusual talk with autobiographical flashbacks from his childhood and his days as a soldier, and the reflection on the themes of technology, war, historical and moral change.

Receiving criticism mixed reception at the time of publication, Jünger’s riffs on the future of technology. It is otherwise interpreted as an allegory or technophobic insightful critic of the evolution. This involves the of relations between technology, nature, and man, have received a renewed attention. If this isn’t one of the popular biopunk books, I don’t know what is.

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Ernst Junger’s glass bees is one of the biopunk’s best.

Altered Carbon

Since Isaac Asimov, no one has combined SF and mystery so well. A very rich man kills himself and when his team is busy, he hires Takeshi Kovacs to find out why. Morgan makes a dark and dark story that will please fans of Raymond Chandler, an impressive feat in all genres.

The Ware Tetrology

Quite possibly one of the most famous biopunk books is The Ware Tetrology. Cobb Anderson built the “boppers”, the first robots with real brains. Now, in 2020, Cobb is just an old “pheezer” with a bad heart. He lives his days drinking and grooving old tunes in the light of Florida’s departure. However, his “bops” have come a long way, despite their attempt to create their own company on the moon. And now, they offer the creator Cobb immortality, but for a high price: his body, his soul and his world.