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By unspoken consent they’d given up on Blood and Roses, which was fine with Crake becausehe was into something new – Extinctathon, an interactive biofreak masterlore game he’d foundon the Web. EXTINCTATHON, Monitored by MaddAddam. Adam named the living animals,MaddAddam names the dead ones. Do you want to play? That was what came up when youlogged on. You then had to click Yes, enter your codename, and pick one of the two chat rooms –Kingdom Animal, Kingdom Vegetable. Then some challenger would come on-line, using hisown codename – Komodo, Rhino, Manatee, Hippocampus Ramulosus – and propose a contest.Begins with, number of legs, what is it? The it would be some bioform that had kakked outwithin the past fifty years – no T-Rex, no roc, no dodo, and points off for getting the time framewrong. Then you’d narrow it down, Phylum Class Order Family Genus Species, then the habitatand when last seen, and what had snuffed it. (Pollution, habitat destruction, credulous moronswho thought that eating its horn would give them a boner.) The longer the challenger held out,the more points he got, but you could win big bonuses for speed. It helped to have theMaddAddam printout of every extinct species, but that gave you only the Latin names, andanyway it was a couple of hundred pages of fine print and filled with obscure bugs, weeds, andfrogs nobody had ever heard of. Nobody except, it seemed, the Extinctathon Grandmasters, whohad brains like search engines.
Kingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ChordataClass: MammaliaOrder: DiprotodontiaFamily: PhascolarctidaeGenus: PhascolarctosSpecies: Phascolarctos cinereusGoodbye Phascolarctos cinereus.
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