Radix A. A. Attanasio

Review by Bill Johnston

Radix is the life of Sumner Kagan, a teenager living in a society which attempts to be genetically pure in a world of mutants. His life is a collection of places and groups he tries to become part of, but is driven out of by fate. I have not read much classic fantasy, but this novel seems to follow that style. There are godminds that Sumner encounters, masters of psi-force who are at peace with the world. They could easily have been wizards. His life gives a view of the various cultures of his time, from the modern, crumbling Masseboth, to the distorts and voors who are primitives and close to godmind, to the high-tech land of the Delph, the greatest of the godminds. The closest book I can think of to Radix is Dune because both are filled with mysticism and fate, and both build very detailed worlds.

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