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It is forty years into the future and, following decades of research and trillions of Euros spent on genetics, Europe is finally in a position to rejuvenate a human being. As the first subject for treatment, is chosen Jeff Baker - the father of the datasphere (which replaced the internet) and philanthropist extraordinaire.
After eighteen months in a German medical facility, the seventy-eight-year-old patient returns home looking like a healthy twenty-year-old. Misspent Youth follows the effect his reappearance has on his family and friends - his young ex-model wife Sue, his teenage son Tim, and also on his long-term pals who are now themselves all pensioners, and starting to resent what Jeff has become.
About the Author
Peter F. Hamilton was born in Rutland in 1960, and still lives near Rutland Water with his wife and daughter. He began writing in 1987, and sold his first short story to Fear magazine in 1988. He has also been published in Interzone and the In Dreams and New Worlds anthologies, and several small-press publications. His previous novels include the Greg Mandel series and the Night's Dawn trilogy which established him as Britain's bestselling writer of science fiction and a major name in global science fiction writing.
In such books as The Reality Dysfunction and The Neutronium Alchemist, Peter Hamilton has long combined considerable skills in the field of science fiction with no mean commercial success. Like Paul McCauley, Greg Benford and a few other writers, Hamilton is able to transport the reader into exhilarating new worlds - while at the same time creating realistic characters and keeping our brains in top gear. This is one of his most impressive pieces yet, with a salutary journey into the near future that is both illuminating and unsettling. The theme is an extremely topical one: genetic research has moved on apace after the next half-century, and the total rejuvenation of a human being is in the offing. Who would not jump at the chance of a new, youthful body? Jeff Baker, who invented the system that superseded the Internet, is to be the first lucky beneficiary. 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. This is intelligent science fiction of the first order, with a plausible and involving narrative that makes the futuristic concepts all too believable. How long before the events of Misspent Youth are science fact? (Kirkus UK)
Published: 4th July 2003
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Dimensions (cm): 17.8 x 11.1 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.244