YA Sci Fi
Date Published: 6/4/2013
New novel The Borealis Genome addresses the issue of increased moral ambiguity as scientific technology advances and removes our sense of individuality. The married authors throw engaged characters Tim and Nora into a scientific nightmare where mind-uploading and a weaponized virus allow the minds of the few to control those of the masses. As the population starts turning into mental zombies can Tim and Nora find the source of this mayhem? And can their love persevere through these harrowing times?
Mr. Oldham seemed to come awake, his eyes focusing once again as he turned back to the group as he spoke. “Disease passed from generation to generation is removed from the DNA string. Mental illness, heart disease, diabetes,” he went on, his speech strengthening once again, “are eliminated from their genes. The infirmities of this life are removed, creating the promise of another hundred years of contribution.”
“The wires, Mr. Oldham,” an elderly gentleman queried with a tired, halting, and faint voice, “What do they do?”
Everyone turned to the screen in unison and seemed to notice for the first time a small braid at the headboard of each basinet. The braid became a webbed cap, very thin and light, as it too was designed to leave no imprint upon the consciousness of the vessel.
“Each vessel—or perhaps I should say each client at this phase— has begun their upload,” Mr. Oldham responded, “and is in the process of constructing their consciousness. If you look very close, you can see the net on the head of the client closest to you. Jordan,” Mr. Oldham called to the young man, “bring up the resolution on the first client, please.” Everyone focused their attention as the scene closed in on one infant. “Focus on the head, please,” he requested, guiding the young man to the girl in the first portal.
Thomas & Nancy Wise
Thomas and Nancy come from very different backgrounds. Thomas was raised in a military family and lived through the separations of war and the challenges that a family faces when coming back together. Challenges such as injuries and the frailty of the body and shifts in the personality that war bring to a family can force everyone to redefine how they see the themselves and the world around them. Nancy was raised in a family challenged by severe injuries. Her father was paralyzed and could no longer work causing the family to reform around a new breadwinner when their mother had to take over.
We chose to write a book shaped around these realities and the challenges that new technologies will force societies all over the world to deal with very soon. Mind uploading, neural networks, and human gene manipulation combined with new medical discoveries may become a new reality that we must all understand and learn what it means to our lives. These are realities today that were only science fiction just a few years ago that will soon have a real and direct affect on our lives.
Tom earned his Ph.D. in Organization and Management in 2012 and has other books including “Trust in Virtual Teams,” and “Agile Readiness.”