“Endeavor to Eden” – A Short Story

May 25, 2009

The Book of Exodi by Michael K. Eidson

Eposic is proud to bring you 19 short stories of speculative fiction, by 19 different authors, on the theme of mass exodus. Inside you will find stories about generation ships, faster than light travel, teleportation portals and devices, failing suns and economies, devastating wars, over-population, alien invasions, and extreme prejudice. The genres represented span the speculative fiction spectrum, from cyberpunk to science fiction to fantasy. Story authors: Neal F. Guye, Anita Ensal, N. E. Chenier, Max Gladstone, Christina Lea, Ken St. Andre, James Hartley, Lyn McConchie, Harry Turtledove, Lancer Kind, Perry P. Perkins, Jeffery Scott Sims, Mark Onspaugh, Stephen Kotowych, Z.S. Adani, Bob Brown, Michael C. Lea, Jennifer Greylyn, and David Michael Elk. Introduction: Harry Turtledove. Poetry and Cover art: David L. Eidson. Illustrators: Jeff Freels, Michelle Rose Pedro, Gynn Stella, and Michael K. Eidson. Editor: Michael K. Eidson.

Paperback: 340 pages. Publisher: Eposic (May 20, 2009). Language: English. ISBN-10: 1936075008

Excerpt from “Endeavor to Eden” by Perry P. Perkins:


Monosapiens, as they call themselves.

Early in the twenty-first century, near the end of the Middle East War, a unknown German scientist held a press conference.  Apparently, he had spent the last thirty years developing a method of DNA manipulation that, when combined with the fetal cloning process would create an asexually reproducing mammal.

Why the hell he’d want to do this is beyond me.

Okay, sure, the hype was that with livestock reproducing asexually, the complications of breeding animals for food would be greatly reduced, allowing the great sovereign nations to feed their impoverished cousins for a fraction of the costs. Self-breeding animals would require less land for grazing, less grain for feeding, blah, blah, blah.   Whatever his motivation he raised quite a stir, touring the globe with the genderless rhesus monkey he had cooked up in his lab.  In all fairness I don’t suppose that he had the faintest idea that his discovery would bring about the near genocide of his own species, but it still makes him a hard guy to like, doesn’t it?

Me? I think he was a crackpot with too many brains and too much free time who just wanted to see if, by god, it could be done.


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  1. […] My short story, “Endeavor to Eden” was just published in a sci-fi anthology, The Book of Exodi. Check it out! […]

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