60's Story - genetic enhancement

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60's Story - genetic enhancement

Postby Math guy » Wed Dec 16, 2009 9:27 pm

Here's the start, but I never read it all.
Guy in basement lab splices genes (grasshopper, more?) into his to be born son. Kid grows ok, but superstrong and ends up killing an opponent on the football field. Any help appreciated!
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Re: 60's Story - genetic enhancement

Postby Math guy » Sun Mar 14, 2010 1:57 am

I found the novel. It's title is Gladiator by Philip Wylie and was originaly published in 1930, oops.
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Re: 60's Story - genetic enhancement

Postby admin » Sun Mar 14, 2010 8:30 am

Gladiator is widely credited with inspiring Siegel and Shuster to created Superman.
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Re: 60's Story - genetic enhancement

Postby slaven41 » Sun Mar 14, 2010 10:17 am

If this was 1930, they wouldn't have done it by gene splicing, right? How did the author really say it was done?
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Re: 60's Story - genetic enhancement

Postby Math guy » Sun Mar 14, 2010 12:10 pm

I have ordered the book, but have not gotten yet so I'm not sure. I remember it as some kind of injection. I also remember reading stories from that time of people building spaceships in their garage. Naive, but a lot of fun. When I re-read it I'll post again.
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