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Darwin's Child
by Giulio Zambon

ISBN: 978-1-4461-6494-5
Publisher: Self-published with Lulu.
Publication date: 2010-08-30. Pages: 196.

List price: USD 16.00
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Darwin's Child
by Giulio Zambon

ISBN: 978-1-6048-1386-9
Publisher: Self-published with WordClay.
Publication date: 2009-07-27. Pages: 198.

List price: USD 13.05
No longer available.

I made an Italian translation of the novel, which you can download in PDF format by clicking here. It was a quick job and it might contain several typos. My apologies if that is the case.

Back-cover blurb

The year is 2023. Dr. Livermore, the director of a government-sponsored genetic lab, has spent the last decade playing God with human embryos. In his attempts to create the perfect soldier, he has altered the very nature of human beings. During those long years of research, Livermore has learnt to abstract himself from the dramatic reality of his experiments, but all this comes to an end when the person he holds most dear breaks the cloak of secrecy and tells the world what is happening in that remote corner of Nevada.


I wrote it between October 1998 and December 1999.

When I submitted it to a publisher, I was told that it should have been twice as long. Nowadays, novels are expected to reach the 400 pages. The great writers of some decades ago, from Isaac Asimov to Robert Heinlein, had it easier. 150 pages were fine for them. Certainly, 400 pages would give me the opportunity of adding subplots and further develop the story... According to Wikipedia, I actually wrote a novella, because Darwin's Child, at 37,348 words, is between 20 and 50 kWords. Anyhow, I didn't have fun to rewrite the lot. That's why I self-published it.

The first time, I published it with Author's Crossing, which was subsequently absorbed into WordClay (no longer in existance). Then, in August 2010, I read it again and discovered that it was full of errors! I couldn't just keep it on sale as it was. I had to fix it. That's why, I published a second edition. This time with with Lulu.

The funny thing is that I actually found it a nice read. It didn't give me fame, but I am still happy with the result, even if, compared to longer novels, it is quite plain. The ACT Heritage Library bought a copy of the book, making me "culturally relevant" for Australia!

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