Have you ever read Whitley Strieber? He is the author of several best sellers including “2012”, “The Omega Point”, “Critical Mass”, “The Wild” and “The Grays”. In the genre of “alien sci-fi”, “The Grays” is legendary. Yet I have not read it. I have read the reviews and I know it is considered a thriller that you cannot put down. However I just finished reading “Hybrids” which was indeed a thriller – a page turner – that I could not put down.
I am an avid fan of Steven King and Dean Koontz. I have also just begun reading Ted Dekker and I am greatly enamored of his work. Yet I found “Hybrids” to be a fascinating read. I found it to be a glimpse into the possible future of humankind regardless of the existence of aliens. In “Hybrids” the earth is visited by aliens who share their advance technology with humans. Then the humans and aliens work together to create a “hybrid” that could live on earth beside us as our equal.
Well their experiments don’t work and the aliens leave. But they leave behind their technology and a human “mad scientist” who goes on to create such hybrids. His hybrids eventually become so smart and so far advanced beyond humans that they decide to do away with humans and take over the earth. These hybrids are bio-mechanical beings of a variety of sorts. Some are like machines, some are like insects, some are like animals and a few are like humans.
The war that ensues is pretty typical of alien/human wars but the ending of the book is a surprise. I did not see it coming and I was very happy with it. Quite often writers of suspenseful science fiction either lose their nerve or their imagination when they get to the end of their story and it disappoints. Strieber did not disappoint. Because “Hybrids” was such a great read, I will now go and find “The Grays” and see how that reads.
One of the most interesting things I found in reading “Hybrids” is that our future could look like this anyway even if we never were visited by “aliens”. The “aliens” may be of our own making as we advance further and further into artificial intelligence. Will we eventually create our own successors? Will we create a bio-mechanical being that is self aware and can reproduce? If so will they be friend or foe?