The Medusa Seed
|The Medusa Seed|
|Cover artist||Sean Phillips|
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|Publication date||January 1994|
|Preceded by||Cursed Earth Asylum|
|Followed by||Dread Dominion|
The Medusa Seed is an original novel written by Dave Stone and based on the long-running British science fiction comic strip Judge Dredd. It is Stone's second Judge Dredd novel, and again features the character Detective-Judge Armitage, who appeared in Stone's first such novel, Deathmasques.
Armitage and his assistant Judge Steel come to Mega-City One to pursue a murderer, under the watchful eye of Judge Dredd. When their quarry escapes through time back to the 1930s, Dredd and Steel must follow him there. Meanwhile Armitage is lost in the Undercity.
The Medusa Seed includes the only explanation in any Judge Dredd story of the origins of people with psionic abilities, such as members of Justice Department's Psi Division (since "psis" existed before the Atomic Wars and are therefore not mutations created by the ensuing radiation). Psis are said to be the product of illegal medical experiments on children during the 20th century by the US National Security Agency.
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