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I'm trying to find title & author for a novel I read in the US in the early 1980s. It was a pretty long novel.

Lots of humans were augmented in various ways, and society had collapsed to a significant extent. One of the protagonists had secret caches of spinal lubricant stashed all over rural California.

The guy running Los Angeles was called the Doge (as in Venice). There was a group called the ANGELS (associated neuroscientists something something).

  • These are some pretty distinctive details, but can you recall anything else? – Adamant Nov 19 '16 at 21:01
  • Sorry, that's all I can drag out of my memory. I'm not even sure if I finished the book. – John Feltz Nov 19 '16 at 21:04
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James Kahn "World Enough, and Time" (1980).

World Enough, and Time is the first book of this spellbinding action adventure trilogy. In a post-apocalyptic world 200 years from now, humans are a dying species. When Joshua's wife is kidnapped by a griffin and a vampire, he and his comrades, a centaur and an android, set out to rescue her across a surreal landscape filled with seemingly mythological creatures. But the explanation for the existence of these beasts is based in science, and informed by nightmare. And the odyssey isn't over until they confront the evil cabal whose goal is nothing less than the extinction of the human race.

This was set decades after the collapse of society. A lot of different sub-species of gen-engineered people. The hero was trekking through wasteland and for several chapters was accompanied by a 'Neuroman' female.

She was described as a semi-android person and she had caches of spinal lube fluid hidden all over the state - (I want to say she had a valve to fill up at the back of her neck)

Edit: Relevant extracts from the book...

*“I am the Doge of Venice,” he said. “You’ve come at a most inopportune time.

*On the very back of her head, a small valve was open, the size of a fingernail.

*Few have ever seen her, except for a small circle of ANGELS—Associate Neuroman Genetic Engineers, Lords, Sages.

  • Could you elaborate on why you think this is the novel the author of the question is looking for? Also, you can post links in their plain form, and we'll be able to help with editing them - or you could take a look at the editing help page. – Gallifreyan May 21 '17 at 20:42
  • I don't believe Timothy Zahn wrote that story; isfdb.org/cgi-bin/… – Valorum May 21 '17 at 20:44

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