Frek and the Elixir
by Rudy Rucker
Tor Books Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 0765310597
Date: 01 February, 2005 List Price $14.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Reading Rucker always guarantees a wild trip, and this time it's out into the galaxy to replenish the Earth's biodiversity, squanderd by NuBioCom and the world Gov. Frek Huggins follows an alien cuttlefish to the stars to bring back the elixer for mankind...but how often does elixer turn out to be snake oil, and who really trusts aliens anyway. Fortunately, Frek has Wow, his talking dog, along for guidance. A thousand years hence this story finds the adolescent Frek living in a future just like the present, his mom teaches air guitar, his dad ran off and left the family (and Earth) and his room (halfway up their bioengineered tree house) is a mess. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
(Source: Tor Books)