Alternate Worlds: in which the same people keep being born

In this world, there are a set number of ways our DNA can combine to produce a child. There are generations worth of people who looked exactly like you in the past, and you can know based on this, what you'll look like as you age and what kind of health problems you will have. …

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Borne: why?

Finally finished this book, and I'm left with a lot of question. Mainly: what was the point? This post contains spoilers.   What was Borne's purpose? What was Morde's purpose? What was the magician trying to do, other than kill Morde? Was the whole story just an essay against scientific meddling? Borne, the most interesting …

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood: greed kills

I really enjoyed this novel. Yes, it's kind of a tired and overdone subject, but it was executed very well, with a lot of new elements. In the very near future, the world is dominated by corporations, who's privileged employees and their families live in compounds isolated from the 'plebelands' where the regular poor folks …

Fixing humanity

Oryx and Crake is getting more interesting by the chapter. The cause of this apocalypse, seems to be some combination of human greed (the usual) and genetic engineering. But not, engineering of a virus (boring) or monster (less boring but still lame) but of new and improved humans. What would happen if we tried to …

Xenogenesis

I just finished the Xenogenesis Trilogy by Octavia E. Butler, and am somewhat shocked that I've not heard of her before now. After reaching the last page and hearing the narrator say 'first published in 1989' I was even more startled. How have I gone most of my life without hearing about this series or author, …

Human Species

I've just started taking a class on Coursera, 'A brief history of humankind'. The first lecture was very interesting and I learned that the multiple species of humans--homo erectus, homo neanderthalensis, homo floresiensis and so on--were not simply links in a chain leading to us, homo sapiens. All these species of humans lived at the …