The Reproductive System

The Reproductive System







Wompler's Walking Babies once put Millford, Utah, on the map. But they aren't selling like they used to. In fact, they aren't selling at all and the only alternative to winding the company up is to tap the government for a research grant. And so Wompler Research Laboratories and Project 32 come into being. The plan is to produce self replicating mechanisms; identical cells equipped to repair intracellular breakdowns, convert power from their environment and create new cells. But suddenly the nondescript grey metal boxes start crawling about the laboratory, feeding voraciously on any metal... and multiplying at an alarming rate.


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  • Manuel Antão

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Mechasm: "The Reproductive System" by John Sladek(Original Review, 1980-08-18)A few years back, I picked up John Sladek's "Mechasm" as part...

  • Manny

    Seriously underrated comic science-fiction novel, which satirizes so many things I'm not even going to start listing them. Toto Smilax, the mad genius who was brought up as a dog, is a particularly fi...

  • Nate D

    More cheap vintage sci-fi paperbacks, found in a shop called Bucket of Blood in Chicago. This one a first American edition, as are a couple of the others. Read almost entirely in one long drive Chicag...

  • Robert

    Well, here's a heap of absurdity that both pre-dates and sends up all the nanobot apocalypses of SF history - as well as everything else it can think of, including but not limited to, the military, es...

  • Mark Hodder

    This was Sladek’s first published novel and it’s absolutely insane. Hilarious but bonkers. The writing style is brilliant (possibly, hallucinogenics were involved). The plot is pretty straightforw...

  • Xabi1990

    3/10.Dos libros he leído del autor. Este y "Tik-tok". Mejor leed este último....

  • Chris Nagy

    Crazy and goofy. Published in 1968, the tone of this novel is similar to other works of that time. Kind of like Pynchon, Vonnegut, PKD, and others. Hallucinatory, surreal at times, but kind of messy. ...

  • Darren Goossens

    Review from http://darrengoossens.wordpress.com/2014/02/08/too-clever-by-n-1n-a-review-of-the-reproductive-system-by-john-t-sladek/John Sladek was one of the most remarkable authors of his time, which...

  • Jb Lee

    aka "Mechasm". As mad a book as Douglas Adams' "Hitchhiker's Guide" series......

  • tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE

    review of John Sladek's Mechasm by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - February 22, 2016 This is just the measley truncated review for the full review: "DNA'S MOL HATH JOKES": https://www.goodreads.com/story...