“Play hard to get. I love a girl who’s not easy.”
“You rotten punk,”
It is 2442, the 442nd year of the Final Society. The Draka rule Earth and have bioengineered themselves into Homo Drakensis, the master race of their savage dreams. Gwen Ingolfsson is one of them. Homo Drakensis is served by the bioengineered slave race Homo Servus. Homo Sapiens may be extinct on Earth but in distant Alpha Centauri, the Samothrace colony is home to the descendants of those who fled Earth before the Draka began the Final War.
A science experiment sends Gwen to another Earth where it is 1995 and the Draka never arose. Gwen gathers her forces and plans to bring her people to this new Earth. A Samothracian named LaFarge is sent after her. Gwen’s murderous trail in 1995 NY is noticed by cop Henry Carmaggio. He and his gang try to figure how to stop the savage monster loose in their world. The Draka have an endless lust for hunting and conquest which not even winning the Final War could satiate. Can she be stopped?
This isn’t as good as ‘The Domination’ but it is good even if LaFarge bores and is a hypocrite about how fascist the Samothrace society is. There is also causal sexism and racism. The Draka are as scary as ever, there are celebrity expys and a sequel hook. Sadly Stirling has written no more Draka novels.
“She carried this very weapon on the last human-hunts here in North America; she was old enough to remember that, the bio bombs and the kill-sweeps.”
“The Final War might well turn out to be less final then they’d thought.”
“A dance taught her long ago, when she was first trained for war. The Human-Killing Dance.”
“A sleeping world and something terrible loose in it.”
“The Ingolfsson plantation was a village called Radda, and had never known her family’s footsteps.”
“I’m a predator, after all, and you’re the species I was designed to hunt.”
“We drakensis are immortal. We’re good at waiting.”
“We’ll conquer you, then domesticate you.”
“Only in another universe have I ever walked the same planet with one.”
“They were human. They didn’t want to be, that was the problem.”
“We anticipated thousands of millennia to bring the galaxy under the Domination of the Race.”