That way, some essential minerals could be recycled. Little clothing would be needed, as a uniform temperature would prevail. Less obvious hazards are insidious. After a time, even the air inside the largest hollow would go bad. Ventilation would eventually have to be arranged.
People could get lost, and passages would have to be clearly marked. Radiation poisoning might take hold after long exposure. A likely source of such would be radium occurring naturally in the walls. Little serious work could be done in the darkness, and all artificial lighting would have to be incandescent and powered by electricity.
A good source of power would be pedal-generators furnishing the juice for common lighting and recharging batteries. As a bonus, the survivors would get plenty of exercise. Adam Boatwright faces his greatest challenge: When all hope of saving the planet is lost, the rescuers hole up in a deep cavern to wait out the catastrophe. Their story deals with worthiness of the human race, family planning, reproductive politics, planned mutations, cloning, animal rights, immortality, sexual preferences, and what life to restore.
They encounter betrayal, career crises, shattered dreams, sacrifice, and renewal.
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The common thread of this book is science, discussed in ordinary language. Subjects include controlled evolution, intelligence enhancements, non-cryogenic embryo storage, expanded animal-human communications, and prolonged cessation of the aging process. Awesome story of restoration of Earth—an epic novel, one that shall never be forgotten. The non-humans prevail upon scientists to genetically manipulate them so that their children will walk upright on two legs, just like humans.
They will adopt human characteristics, such as modesty. Hairy people in my stories wear clothing to cover embarrassing genital folds and to demonstrate equality with humans. That has made him virtually immortal, though the man still can still die from an accident, poisoning, drowning, or major trauma. Furthermore, the enabling condition is believed to be just temporary.
He has found a cure in which periodic treatments restore chemicals to aging bones. There are limits to what even science-fiction authors can dream up. I can imagine other issues presenting similar problems for Adam as he lives on with his virtual immortality. What might be expected of his psyche? Can he remain sane living a lie for plus years? Will his mind remain sharp?
What about neurons in his brain? The nice thing about fiction, and science fiction in particular, is that authors have great freedom to take license.
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What limits us most is the patience of our readers. In the case of fantasy and science-fiction, success also depends on willingness to suspend disbelief. I try to nurture that by keeping my stories plausible. An earlier posting concerns issues in restoring the biggest mammals along with the tiniest microbiota they would need for survival. Getting those would have been a challenge, especially for elephants and whales. Earlier series books skirt lightly over the life-form collecting process. Future books will cover these issues through passages of backfilled narrative, told in flashbacks.
Under the best circumstances, it would be hard to collect embryos from the largest mammals. Such time-consuming accumulations should have begun long before the discovery of disastrous Comet Icarus. Even after massive effort, life collections would be spotty, with a majority species of all types and sizes never represented. And how do biologists get viable embryos from whales?
Protoplasm for them would be hard to retrieve from rare animals that are too large to pen and impossible to safely immobilize. However, whale embryos might be created in vitro with eggs and sperm retrieved from carcasses and preserved for centuries, eventually to mature under controlled conditions. An interesting case would be restoring a species for which only female embryos had been saved. Geneticists might artificially create male blue-whale DNA.
Scientists contemplate creating an artificial Y-chromosome male only by adapting segments from a related species, the Tasmanian Tiger-Wolf. After also removing the strictly female DNA from the cloning ovum, a surrogate mother would be implanted with the patched-up embryo.
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Does this all sound a bit far-fetched? Of course, as it should be. This is, after all, science fiction. In that future timespan, many animals preserved as eggs or embryos would have been restored to rejuvenated habitats. Most challenging of the land animal restorations are Asian and African elephants. Bringing back those large creatures would have special problems only hinted at in my books. Those aquatic giants would undergo a troublesome restoration process, probably filling most of another work. Other backstory fill-ins will be handled in similar fashion.
For instance, little has been said so-far about restoring bacteria. Higher animal forms including us are symbionts depending on a host of small organisms for survival. Notable among these are gut bacteria. Our bodies contain hundreds of various species of these essential micro-organisms. Surviving humans would carry those critters inside, passing them on to their children, thereby keeping future generations healthy.
But what about other mammals, fish, birds, and reptiles? Those would be teeming with their own microbiota, though the varieties would likely be insufficient to serve other species still in embryo form. Elephants and other foragers might barely survive with bacterial transplants of goat bacteria. Early series books make little mention of essential microbiota.
My story line to-date presumes that restorers would have saved ancillary life, preserving that with embryos and eggs of the host species.
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Any missing essential biota would have to be genetically engineered. The fictional rescue scientists are presumed capable of overseeing that effort. My earliest book, Adam… Forever, accepts genetic intervention for combatting hereditary disease. The story treats animals with respect, though zoos still thrive and small mammals would be test subjects.
Animal rights concerns are presented, but my superhero sides with experimentation, often using test mice. Adam Boatwright finds it expedient to violate some rules, notably using himself as a test subject for medical intervention. He would live a lie to protect the world from having the virtual immortality he accidentally obtained from a failed experiment. Key issues carry forward, and new ones arise. In dealing with the aftermath, a constellation of issues are raised. These include choices about what and whom should be saved, the need for secrecy, and surrogate motherhood across species, including human.
Through accident and misfortune, all men become sterile. Since a collection of human embryos was lost during pre-meteor melee, people cannot reproduce normally. In desperation, human cloning will be tried. When that fails, women will carry implanted ape embryos and bring forth essential restoration helpers.
As substitutes for children impossible to conceive, those apes would be taught American Sign Language. Growing up taking dietary supplements, the critters develop intelligence rivalling human.
They would become hairy people, joining with elders to form a multi-species society. That brings special challenges. Eventually one human boy, born underground after the meteor, becomes sexually mature. He will father children of aging mothers still capable of pregnancy. A new group of surviving humans is found, giving the human race a promising future. Human embryos are created ex-utero to form new generations by means of in-vitro pregnancies. Sex becomes only recreational, mainly to strengthen relationships.
Throughout life restorations, priority is given infrastructure building, especially transportation. Those felines would prey on woolly mammoths. The extinct elephants will be restored concurrently from embryos frozen millennia inside a mother trapped by a glacier. I started my first novel wanting to make a difference.
Coming to story-telling after great success with my statistics and quantitative decision-making textbooks, I gravitated toward science fiction. I do have early work experience with ballistic missile systems and have always been interested in astronomy. I am also fascinated by evolution and genetics.
I am also very interested in life, death, and the possibilities of physical immortality. My first novel would be woven from these threads.
It was on a long walk that my story came together. I would work out the concept of immortality by experiencing it through the life of a fictional character, Adam Boatwright. A geneticist and surgeon, my protagonist would have the noblest of all human goals.
He would restore life to Earth after an astronomical catastrophe—one greater than what is believed responsible for killing the dinosaurs. He would be a new kind of superhero. An author of best-selling textbooks, I worried about my reputation. My science fiction had to inhabit a high plane, akin to that occupied by Jules Verne and Ray Bradbury. The stories had to seem real, with no black magic.