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 (zĕn′ə-jĕn′ĭ-sĭs, zē′nə-)
The supposed production of offspring markedly different from either parent.

xen′o·ge·net′ic (-jə-nĕt′ĭk), xen′o·gen′ic (-jĕn′ĭk) adj.
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(ˌzɛnəˈdʒɛnɪsɪs) or


1. (Biology) the supposed production of offspring completely unlike either parent
2. (Biology) another name for abiogenesis, alternation of generations
xenogenetic, ˌxenoˈgenic adj
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(ˌzɛn əˈdʒɛn ə sɪs, ˌzi nə-)

also xe•nog•e•ny

(zəˈnɒdʒ ə ni)

2. the supposed generation of offspring completely and permanently different from the parent.
xen`o•ge•net′ic (-dʒəˈnɛt ɪk) xen`o•gen′ic, adj.
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xenogenesis, xenogeny

1. abiogenesis; spontaneous generation.
2. metagenesis, or alternation of generations.
3. production of an offspring entirely different from either of the parents. — xenogenetic, xenogenic, adj.
See also: Biology
1. abiogenesis; spontaneous generation.
2. metagenesis, or alternation of generations.
3. production of an offspring entirely different from either of the parents. Also xenogeny.xenogenic, — xenogenetic, adj.
See also: Organisms
1. abiogenesis; spontaneous generation.
2. metagenesis, or alternation of generations.
3. production of an offspring entirely different from either of the parents. Also xenogeny. — xenogenic, xenogenetic, adj.
See also: Heredity
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.xenogenesis - the alternation of two or more different forms in the life cycle of a plant or animal
organic phenomenon - (biology) a natural phenomenon involving living plants and animals
digenesis, metagenesis - alternation of sexual and asexual generations
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Josue surmises this arrangement was created thousands of years ago as a means for the Qhigarians to extract DNA in their quest for information and self-improvement (not unlike the Oankali of Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis trilogy).
On display is a copy of her Xenogenesis trilogy, set after a nuclear holocaust when the few survivors - including Lilith, a black human female - have been plucked from the dying planet by the alien race Oankali who, though lacking ears, eyes or noses, have bodies covered in sensory tentacles.
The alien encounters in Butler's Xenogenesis trilogy (1987-89), Lessing's Canopus in Argos series (1979-1981), and Ursula Le Guin's Hainish Cycle (1967) raise issues of the construction and instability of human subjectivity and, resultantly, the potential for alternative human, or even post-human, becomings.
Here the alien-human congress is explored in essays on Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis trilogy, miscegenation in science fiction TV and film, colonialism in Star Trek, and preoedipal development in Primo Levi's science fiction.
In the fifth chapter he examines various versions of The Fly, including George Langelaan's 1957 short story, Kurt Neumann's 1958 film adaptation, and David Cronenberg's 1986 film version, and in the final chapter he turns to Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis trilogy, which includes the novels Dawn (1987), Adulthood Rites (1988), and Imago (1989).
"Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis Trilogy: A Biologist's Response." Conference paper presented at SFRA, Cleveland, 30 June 2000.
Butler's Xenogenesis trilogy (1987-89) aliens seek to interbreed with the survivors of a nuclear war to remove a conflict between humanity's genetic traits: intelligence and hierarchical thinking.
In books such as the Patternist novels, published from 1976 to 1984, and the Xenogenesis trilogy, published from 1987 to 1989 and now collected in the omnibus volume Lilith's Brood, Butler employed the stuff of hard science--biological engineering, interspecies hybrids--to create settings and situations that are both literally and figuratively alien.
In her Xenogenesis trilogy (Dawn, Adulthood Rites and Imago), humans come close to destruction because of nuclear war.
Adulthood Rites, April 1997, $6.50, ISBN 0-446-60378-3; Dawn, April 1987, $6.99, ISBN 0-446-60377-5; Imago, April 1997, $6.99, ISBN 0-446-60363-5; Lilith's Brood, Aspect, August 2000, (Xenogenesis trilogy) #13.95, ISBN 0-446-67610-1
Karl's American Fictions 1940-1980, she groups her selected texts under theme headings like "immigration" or "mythical innocence." To take two examples from her eight main chapters, under "immigration" she discusses Russell Banks's Continental Drift to establish that immigration is a global phenomenon, next includes Maxine Hong Kingston and Amy Tan to examine the gender dimension, and finally turns to Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis trilogy. This chapter is typical of the whole study in containing lively and shrewd insights into an impressive range of material.