Speculative fiction is a broad umbrella category of narrative fiction referring to any fiction story that includes elements, settings and characters whose features are created out of imagination and speculation rather than based on attested reality and everyday life. That encompasses the genres of science fiction, fantasy, science fantasy, horror, alternative history, and magic realism.
A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease.
owe our good health to a humble parasite - a genetically engineered
tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When
implanted, the tapeworm protects us from illness, boosts our immune
system - even secretes designer drugs. It's been successful beyond the
scientists' wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a
SymboGen tapeworm living within them.
But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives... and will do anything to get them.