Sparrowhawk by Thomas A. Easton:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Interesting novel presents the idea of genetically engineered animals large enough to fly on or drive around on. The story combines a detective mystery with speculations on controlling animals and insects using embedded control circuitry. Select an invention:

Assassin Bird - genetically engineered
A bird genetically engineered to accept instructions on how to kill.

Bioform House - pumpkin house
A house grown from a bioengineered plant.

Cannibal Grass
Genetically engineered grass that acts as a defense layer for a home.

Dormancy Switch
Essential device 'switches off' your cyborg animal, causing it to quickly drop off to sleep.

General Bodies Tortoise - terrapin fast
A passenger vehicle genetically engineered from tortoise DNA and controlled by implanted electronics.

Hanky Bush - use the white leaves
A plant with leaves grown to resemble common, multipurpose tissues.

Leaf Screens
Bioform displays grown from plants offering flat surfaces - like leaves.

Roachster
A genetically-engineered vehicle based on arthropod DNA; uses implanted control structures.

 

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