In the year 3003, nothing in the world is the same, except
maybe that adolescents are still embarrassed by their
parents. Society and the biosphere alike have been
transformed by biotechnology, and the natural world is
Frek Huggins is a boy from a broken family, a misfit
because he's a natural child, conceived without
technological help or genetic modifications. His dad, Carb,
is a malcontent who left behind Frek's mom and the Earth
itself several years ago.
Everything changes when Frek finds the Anvil, a small
flying saucer, under his bed, and it tells him he is
destined to save the world. The repressive forces of Gov,
the mysterious absolute ruler of Earth, descend on Frek,
take away the Anvil, and interrogate him forcefully enough
to damage his memory. Frek flees with Wow, his talking dog,
to seek out Carb and some answers. But the untrustworthy
alien in the saucer has other plans, including claiming
exclusive rights to market humanity to the galaxy at large,
and making Frek a hero.
Frek and the Elixir is a profound, playful SF epic by the
wild and ambitious Rudy Rucker.