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Biopunk Subgenre

Biopunk are often books about the monsters we create – usually published as dark science fiction or horror. The punk refers to the manipulation that is done by some group – usually governmental in structure and undercover in nature – to the bio part – humans.

Not all genetically modified creatures are bad. Some are an improvement on the human species. Some, however, turn on their masters with dastardly mayhem.

The crux of a biopunk novel is not the resultant monsters but the struggle to constantly identify ourselves as sentient beings – our rights, our heritage, our potential – and our need to rage against the machine (often typified by a faceless, all-powerful government).

I have arranged the following list of BioPunk fiction and non-fiction by the author’s name. Included are the Goodreads average rating (the higher, the better), the publication information, and the Amazon ranking (the lower, the better).

The Nikopol Trilogy: The Carnival of Immortals / The Woman Trap / Equator Cold
by Enki Bilal
Goodreads average rating: 4.1 of 5 stars
Hardcover
Publisher: Titan Comics (April 12, 2016)
ISBN-10: 1782763538
ISBN-13: 978-1782763536
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #916,061 in Books


Growing Dread: Biopunk Visions
by Caroline Dombrowski (Editor), Minerva Zimmerman (Contributor), Lillian Cohen-Moore (Contributor)
Goodreads average rating: 4.0 of 5 stars
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Timid Pirate Publishing (February 28, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0983098743
ISBN-13: 978-0983098744
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,669,236 in Books

Doktor Sleepless, Volume 1: Engines of Desire
by Warren Ellis
Goodreads average rating: 3.84 of 5 stars
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Avatar Press (October 30, 2008)
ISBN-10: 1592910548
ISBN-13: 978-1592910540
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,560,369 in Books

Prophet, Volume 1: Remission
by Brandon Graham, Simon Roy (Artist), Farel Dalrymple (Artist)
Goodreads average rating: 3.92 of 5 stars
Paperback
Publisher: Image Comics
ASIN: B00GSCVWFQ


Beggars Ride (Sleepless, #3)
by Nancy Kress
Goodreads average rating: 3.78 of 5 stars
Series: Beggars Trilogy (also known as Sleepless Trilogy) (Book 3)
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (October 15, 1996)
ISBN-10: 0312858175
ISBN-13: 978-0312858179
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,672 in Books

Praying for the Surgeon: A Biopunk Noir Novel
by Frank D Lawrence
Goodreads average rating: 5.0 of 5 stars
Paperback: 196 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 26, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1502507447
ISBN-13: 978-1502507440







Звёзды - холодные игрушки (Звёздный лабиринт #1) NightWatch Book 1
by Sergei Lukyanenko
Goodreads average rating: 4.1 of 5 stars
Series: Night Watch (Book 1)
Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; Reprint edition (December 31, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0062310097
ISBN-13: 978-0062310095
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,493 in Books


Tuf Voyaging
by George R.R. Martin
Goodreads average rating: 4.04 of 5 stars
Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (January 29, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0345537998
ISBN-13: 978-0345537997
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,721 in Books


Alien Bride (Sex, Drugs, and Biopunk, #1)
by Brie McGill
Goodreads average rating: 4.0 of 5 stars
Series: Love, Drugs, and Biopunk
Paperback: 420 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 21, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1492890758
ISBN-13: 978-1492890751


Iron Council
by China Miéville
Goodreads average rating: 3.67 of 5 stars
Hardcover: 576 pages
Publisher: Del Rey (July 27, 2004)
ISBN-10: 0345464028
ISBN-13: 978-0345464026
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,618 in Books





Chasm City
by Alastair Reynolds
Goodreads average rating: 4.09 of 5 stars
Series: Revelation Space (Book 2)
Mass Market Paperback: 704 pages
Publisher: Ace (May 27, 2003)
ISBN-10: 0441010644
ISBN-13: 978-0441010646
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,479 in Books




Tankborn (Tankborn, #1)
by Karen Sandler
Goodreads average rating: 3.67 of 5 stars
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up
Lexile Measure: 790L (What's this?)
Series: Tankborn Trilogy
Hardcover: 383 pages
Publisher: Tu Books; 1 edition (September 15, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1600606628
ISBN-13: 978-1600606625
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #731,680 in Books

Spares
by Michael Marshall Smith
Goodreads average rating: 4.15 of 5 stars
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Bantam; reprint edition (February 2, 1998)
ISBN-10: 0553579010
ISBN-13: 978-0553579017
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,176,785 in Books

The Diamond Age: or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer
by Neal Stephenson
Goodreads average rating: 4.18 of 5 stars
Series: Bantam Spectra Book
Paperback: 499 pages
Publisher: Spectra; Reprint edition (May 2, 2000)
ISBN-10: 0553380966
ISBN-13: 978-0553380965
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,532 in Books

Zodiac
by Neal Stephenson
Goodreads average rating: 3.67 of 5 stars
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Grove Press; Reprint edition (August 10, 2007)
ISBN-10: 0802143156
ISBN-13: 978-0802143150
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,868 in Books


Schismatrix Plus
by Bruce Sterling
NOTE: This also comes with a teacher’s guide!
Goodreads average rating: 3.94 of 5 stars
Paperback: 319 pages
Publisher: Ace (December 1, 1996)
ISBN-10: 0441003702
ISBN-13: 978-0441003709
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #724,447 in Books


Holy Fire
by Bruce Sterling
Goodreads average rating: 3.71 of 5 stars
Series: Bantam Spectra Book
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Spectra (October 1, 1997)
ISBN-10: 055357549X
ISBN-13: 978-0553575491
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,528 in Books


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Starfish (Rifters, #1)
by Peter Watts
Goodreads average rating: 3.95 of 5 stars
Series: Rifters Trilogy (Book 1)
Paperback: 317 pages
Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (April 29, 2008)
ISBN-10: 0765315963
ISBN-13: 978-0765315960
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,799 in Books

Biopunk: Solving Biotech's Biggest Problems in Kitchens and Garages
by Marcus Wohlsen
Goodreads average rating: 3.6 of 5 stars
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Current; Reprint edition (July 31, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1617230073
ISBN-13: 978-1617230073
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,596 in Books

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