Archive for the ‘Cloning’ Category

The coming social singularity and subsequent chaos…

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

“Whoa!” you say.  “I don’t want to hear about your [enter your favorite expletive here] novel again.”  For those of you who have at least read the blurb about my sci-fi thriller Survivors of the Chaos, you know that the coming social singularity and subsequent chaos is the backdrop for this dystopian vision of humanity’s future.  You might think that this pessimistic old curmudgeon is just writing about a parallel future and there’s no chance of it happening in the quantum state of the universe that we live in.  Think again.

The social singularity I describe in Survivors is where society’s problems become so complex that our political institutions and inept even if well-meaning politicians cannot solve them; where traditional empires like the U.S., E.U., and China break up into smaller, more homogeneous, more xenophobic, and almost tribal units; and where the weak glue holding the world together is fascistic capitalism in the form of multinational corporations hiring their own mercenary armies.  If you don’t think this is happening right now before your very eyes, wake up!

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Visiting an old friend…

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

I was reminded of Simon and Garfunkel’s song “Bookends” these last few days.  It’s the one that talks about two old friends on a park bench reminiscing over old times.  The two form the bookends.  My old friend was a book.

Sometimes (very rarely now) I have the occasion to look at an old research paper of mine and wonder, “Gee, who was the guy that wrote this stuff?” (some of my papers are very old).  I just had that experience while writing the second edition of my sci-fi thriller Full Medical—the original has a 2006 copyright, which means I probably began writing it sometime the year before.  While there is some technical stuff in it—telomeres, cloning, blastocysts, etc—it’s pure entertainment.  After just five years, however, I still had that strange feeling.

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Irish stew #7: Blowin’ in the wind…

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Bob Dylan’s immortal lyrics sum up my summer so far.  A wonderful trip (yes, a vacation!) to Alaska was preceded by a hectic few weeks where my new novel Survivors of the Chaos was released as a trade paperback by Infinity Publishing.  These people do good work.  Of course, I have this editing business down well by now, so that part seems painless, for them and me, but I just gave them a few suggestions on the cover, and—bam! socko! pop!  Hey Batman, we’ve got an A+ cover!  The pBook is only listed at their bookstore for now, but both the pBook and eBook versions will soon be listed on Amazon and other on-line retailers.

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Star Flights

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

A lot of my first novel is related to cloning-in particular, the cloning of human beings.  In spite of the many ethical issues involved, it’s fun to extrapolate far into the future when mankind is setting up the first interstellar voyage.  In this case, cloning human beings after the ship arrives at Epsilon Eridani might save a whole lot on what supplies need to accompany our space travelers on their long trip.  You could have robots as baby sitters until all the first set of newborns reach adulthood, then clone them, and so forth.

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