Shadrach in the Furnace
In the twenty-first century, a battered world is ruled by a crafty old tyrant, Genghis II Mao IV Khan. The Khan is ninety-three years old, his life systems sustained by the skill of Mordecai Shadrach, a brilliant young surgeon whose chief function is to replace the Khan’s worn-out organs. Within the vast tower-complex, the most advanced equipment is dedicated to three top-priority projects, each designed to keep the Khan immortal. Most sinister of these is Project Avatar, by which the Khan’s mind and persona are to be transferred to a younger body.
Shadrach makes the unsettling discovery that it is his body that is to be used. His friends beg him to flee, but he refuses to panic. Instead, and with startling composure, he evolves a dangerous plan that could change the face of the earth or, if it backfires, mean the end of life.
Shadrach in the Furnace is at once a broad, sweeping novel and a harsh, abrasive, irreverent book about a life-and-death battle between two titans—one the epitome of evil, the other a paragon of idealism—in a society pushed to extremes.
What people are saying - Write a review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Bruce_McNair - LibraryThing
This story was written in the mid 1970s and set in May 2012 of a possible future 30 years from then. It pictures a world ruled by an autocrat who has taken advantage of its weakened state following a ... Read full review
Review: Shadrach in the FurnaceUser Review - Jamie - Goodreads
Shadrach in the Furnace was written during a period in which Silverberg decided to vary from juvenile novel themes (typically, protagonist has special powers and overcomes obstacles to save the world ... Read full review