A 4 book Bio Punk
series by S. Andrew Swann, consisting of Forests of the Night
, Emperors of the Twilight
, Specters of the Dawn
, and Fearful Symmetries
. The first three books have been reprinted as The Moreau Omnibus.
This series is part of the Terran Confederacy Verse
The series takes place in the mid-21st century, after the Third Gulf war, the Pan-Asian war, and various smaller conflicts led to the creation of 'Moreaus', genetically engineered anthropomorphic animals, as well as the altered human 'Frankensteins' created by a few outlaw states. After the wars, moreau refugees flood into the U.S., where they are treated as second-class citizens, but better off than the franks, who have no civil rights at all under the 29th amendment.Forests of the Night
centers on Nohar Rajasthan, a genetically engineered tiger who works as a PI in Cleveland. He is hired by a secretive group of frankensteins to investigate the murder of a conservative political operative which the police are blowing off. In the course of the investigation, bodies begin to pile up, strange links appear between a rodent street gang and anti-moreau politicians, and evidence piles up that there's far more going on than is visible on the surface. Nohar encounters frankenstein Federal agent Evi Isham and rabbit gang leader Angel Lopez.Emperors of the Twilight
opens six years later, when Evi Isham, long out of field operations, is attacked by snipers and canine mercenaries in her New York apartment. The conspiracy she helped to root out in Cleveland has far-reaching tentacles, and is not nearly as dead as she supposed. Her boss is conspiring against her, the Agency thinks she's gone rogue, and Evi is forced to turn to the very people she used to hunt, the moreau underground, in her search for answers.Specters of the Dawn
follows Angel Lopez to San Francisco, fabled haven of tolerance for moreykind. But that tolerance runs thin when she's attacked in a bar by human supremacists, who two weeks later are implicated in the murder of her lover, a wealthy fox named Byron. Angel learns that the humans are being railroaded, and Byron was killed by a moreau. Investigating Byron's mysterious job, and more mysterious death, Angel finds a trail of destruction created by at least three factions, all of whom are seeking something Byron had and believe that she has now.Fearful Symmetries
returns to Nohar, retired and fled from human and moreau society alike. A human lawyer tracks him down and offers him one last job, which Nohar turns down flat. That would have been the end of it, except that someone firebombed Nohar's cabin that night, and he must learn who offered the job if he wants to survive.
This series provides examples of:
- Bi the Way: Evi Isham has slept with men before, and was unimpressed. She's not certain if it's because she doesn't like men or if it's because she always had to hide her true self. Diana Murphy knows she's a frankenstein and doesn't care, and Evi decides she doesn't care about Diana's gender either.
- Bio Punk:The whole series
- Corrupt Politician: The series is littered with them. Most notably, the Forests of the Night centers on Nohar's investigation of millions of dollars of suspicious campaign funds, and the deaths surrounding them.
- Crapsack World: The Pan-Asian War left Tokyo and New Dehli radioactive craters, and the PRC conquered Japan and Taiwan. Tel Aviv was nuked by the Islamic Axis during the Third Gulf War, and sub-Saharan Africa and South America have been devastated by other, unnamed wars. Moreaus, created as soldiers, are second-class citizens at best throughout the world, and many are refugees from war or persecution. The Troubles continue unabated in Northern Ireland. The U.S. verges on a Police State, with rampant political corruption as a bonus, and verges on civil war with the Moreau population. and the alien invaders who caused much of this conspire behind the scenes to make it worse
- Dark and Troubled Past: This tends to come with the territory when your species is built for warfare. Nohar and Angel both grew up on the streets and ran with gangs, while Evi was born in a Jordanian lab, raised by Mossad and fled her home country when Tel Aviv disappeared in nuclear fire.
- Designer Babies: Making them is forbidden by the UN, but several countries did so anyway. The results are called frankensteins.
- Fantastic Racism:Against moreaus and frankensteins
- Hand Cannon: Nohar's Vindhaya 12mm automatic, built for 8' tiger Super Soldiers
- Hard Boiled Detective: Nohar deviates from the archetype primarily by being an 8' tiger who doesn't like wearing clothes
- Interspecies Romance: Nohar(tiger) and Maria (jaguar), Nohar and Stephie Weir (human). Angel(rabbit) and Byron(fox). Sarah (fox) and Manuel (hybrid). Many morey romances generally are this.
- Literary Allusion Title: Forests of the Night and Fearful Symmetries both refer to William Blake's poem The Tyger
- Natural Weapon: Many moreaus have these. Nohar particularly has both big claws and fangs the size of a human finger.
- Panthera Awesome: Nohar is a tiger
- Petting Zoo People: Moreaus
- Super Soldier: Most moreaus and franks were intended to be this
- The Nose Knows: Nohar, Evi and Angel all rely heavily on scent.
- Time Skip: 4-6 years pass between books
- Uplifted Animal: Moreaus
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: This trope is in full play. The eponymous Moreaus were created as soldiers and workers in hazardous places, and treated as expendable despite being fully sapient. This has long-term consequences, as moreaus tend to have short lifespans and are prone to all severe physical degeneration with age. Even after the wars that spawned them are ended, they're treated as second-class citizens at best and slaves at worst across the globe. The engineered humans called Frankensteins are treated no better, despite looking fully or almost fully human (Evi Isham has catlike pupils for enhanced nightvision, while Mr K's skull is slightly deformed to accomodate his altered brain).