Oryx and Crake reminded me very much of Gore Vidal’s Kalki (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics) which I read back in the 70s when it was published. Both have a very haunting view of humanity decimated by a genius who thinks he has a better plan for the world. Both extremely sad, Kalki will probably stick with me better perhaps because I read it first. But O&C was a good read too; had I not encountered Kalki, I would have considered O&C one of the best apocalyptic stories around. I don’t really think we are on the path to the dystopia described in O&C but a good read.