Category Archives: Adam’s Caverns

Simulation is a Favorite Tool for Life Restoration

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

The Adam’s Chronicles tell about restoring the Planet after nearly all life has been destroyed by the massive meteor from Comet Icarus. Superhero Adam Boatwright directs that effort. Though, he becomes dissatisfied with what has been accomplished. He wants the new world to have better ecological balance, like before the emergence of modern humans. This will involve bringing back several species driven to extinction by early man. His plans include bringing back Saber-Toothed Cats and Woolly Mammoths. Adam is willing to use every conceivable genetic trick to accomplish this.

I once taught management science, a discipline in which mathematics is applied to decision making. One powerful tool for evaluating alternatives is Monte Carlo simulation. Although the name connotes gambling, its roots go back to early nuclear-fission work, the first digital computers, and generating uncertain events through random numbers (which are like slots on a roulette wheel at Monte Carlo). Those events are combined with others to provide a trial outcome. Those results are then evaluated using statistical methods to find the best alternative.

An easy way to understand such an assessment would be comparing two alternatives for constructing a house. Plan A would be to hire a small crew and give them unlimited hours of overtime. To make things interesting, the house must be completed within a fixed timespan, enforced through a substantial daily late penalty. The second alternative is to build the same house under Plan B, which employs a cheaper, less-skillful crew, membership of which expands or contracts on a daily basis as needed.

Both plans can be simulated by building the house each way a thousand times “on paper.” Random features would be weather, accidents, approval times, individual activity completion times, and so on. Simulation results could then be compared in terms of mean completion times and mean total cost.

In Book III, Adam’s Tiger, a simulation approach is used to determine an estimate of the underlying probability that a Woolly Mammoth will be killed during a solo attack by a modified Siberian Tiger having tusks for eye teeth. A mathematical model for behavior of both animals underlies that conflict. Like a house-construction simulation, the animals would engage trial battles varying by a host of random factors. The percentage of kills by the tiger would provide an estimate of the desired probability. Hypothetical tigers with different characteristics could be evaluated to see what animal would best prey on mammoths.

Superhero Adam Boatwright would make many similar simulations to evaluate the ecological impacts for many restorations decisions. For instance, simulation tells that modified tigers would make better mammoth hunters than lions. Such analyses show Adam that little ecological contribution would arise from restoring giant beavers or ground sloths, and he decides they will remain extinct.

At the time of this posting, the following four books comprise the Adam’s Chronicles series, with more to be added.

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Adam’s story is always brought up to date in fresh ways, so that books in this series may be read in any order.

The following book is the series prequel and may be read independently.

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All of the above are available at Amazon as Kindle E-Books.

What Others Say About This Series

Awesome story of restoration of Earth—an epic novel, one that shall never be forgotten. Dr. Lapin is truly gifted as a story teller. … Powerful, fast page turning story. Highly recommend—Nancy of Utah, Amazon Reviewer.

Great book, it is the kind of book you can’t wait to read again—Sandra Potter, Amazon Reviewer.

I am fascinated by the quality of this book. … A wonderful blend of thrilling adventure, science fiction and romance. … It delivers on so many different levels. Well done—Dennis Waller, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer.

This story had every element … an exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. Abundance of well-illustrated scenes. … had me immersed from the beginning. The story flows … with ease, and the author shows exceptional skill when it comes to storytelling. … Twists and turns in this page turner … make you want to read it non-stop. … Highly recommended—Piaras, Amazon Reviewer.

Phenomenal series offers elements of the thriller, mystery, science fiction, and romance genres. Dr. Lapin’s novels are exciting, with wonderfully developed characters and situations—Jada Ryker, Top 1,000 Amazon Reviewer.

Mad scientist or brave hero? … A murder mystery, medical thriller, and science fiction novel all rolled into one. I recommend it highly—Diane Rapp, Amazon Reviewer.

A fast paced story so plausible that I had trouble figuring the line where science fact and science fiction resides. … That credibility made the debate about the desirability of immortality real instead of fantasy. … An entertaining read—Capt’n Bob, Amazon Reviewer.

A Workable Space Defense for Earth

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter @LarryLLapin

Several earlier posts discuss elements of a workable space defense for our Planet. Such would require early detection through dedicated telescopic systems with adequate computer backup. Once an actual threat is determined to be life-threatening, a deep-space interception would be launched. Such an action must have a high probability of moving the threat away from Earth. The best odds for that might be obtained through multiple sorties of space probes from strategic locations, such as pre-positioned bases on moons within the Solar System or satellites already orbiting planets and moons.

Such a defense is based on the premise that only a deep-space interception would likely nudge a large object onto an Earth-avoiding trajectory. That might most efficiently achieved by applying a small force on the asteroid or comet over a long duration.

Bringing such protection to our Planet would be expensive. But is there anything in any space program more important than saving us and other life? We should be willing to pay whatever this takes.

Meanwhile, it would be far less costly to prepare for another giant meteor collision by collecting life and organizing recovery efforts to begin after impact. My fictional account in Adam’s Caverns details how such an effort might play itself out.

Layout 1

The epic survival tale begins, as Book I of Adam’s Chronicles tells of the world facing pending impact by a gigantic meteor. Adam Boatwright faces his greatest challenge: preparing for the collision and dealing with the aftermath of the massive calamity.

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.

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.

Find out more about this Amazon Kindle E-Book at:

www.amazon.com/dp/B00G3OB63M

(Amazon offers a free app for reading its E-Books on PCs, iPads, etc.)

The Adam’s Chronicles Series

Layout 1      Adam's New World 0616 (Small)      Adam's Tiger 0616 (Small)      Layout 1

Adam’s story is always brought up to date in fresh ways, so that books in this series may be read in any order.

The following book is the series prequel and may be read independently.

AdamForeverFinalCoverModifiedCorrected

All of the above are available at Amazon as Kindle E-Books.

What Others Say About This Series

Awesome story of restoration of Earth—an epic novel, one that shall never be forgotten. Dr. Lapin is truly gifted as a story teller. … Powerful, fast page turning story. Highly recommend—Nancy of Utah, Amazon Reviewer.

Great book, it is the kind of book you can’t wait to read again—Sandra Potter, Amazon Reviewer.

I am fascinated by the quality of this book. … A wonderful blend of thrilling adventure, science fiction and romance. … It delivers on so many different levels. Well done—Dennis Waller, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer.

This story had every element … an exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. Abundance of well-illustrated scenes. … had me immersed from the beginning. The story flows … with ease, and the author shows exceptional skill when it comes to storytelling. … Twists and turns in this page turner … make you want to read it non-stop. … Highly recommended—Piaras, Amazon Reviewer.

Phenomenal series offers elements of the thriller, mystery, science fiction, and romance genres. Dr. Lapin’s novels are exciting, with wonderfully developed characters and situations—Jada Ryker, Top 1,000 Amazon Reviewer.

Mad scientist or brave hero? … A murder mystery, medical thriller, and science fiction novel all rolled into one. I recommend it highly—Diane Rapp, Amazon Reviewer.

A fast paced story so plausible that I had trouble figuring the line where science fact and science fiction resides. … That credibility made the debate about the desirability of immortality real instead of fantasy. … An entertaining read—Capt’n Bob, Amazon Reviewer.

Intercepting an Astronomical Threat to Earth

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter @LarryLLapin

A high-speed space object on trajectory to crash into Earth must be intercepted in deep space. Simply hitting a big rock with a powerful bomb might leave a cluster of smaller objects having the same trajectory as before. Nobody knows if that can even be done. A better strategy might be to nudge a lethal asteroid just enough to miss our planet. But first we must find the asteroid or comet, intercept it, and finally redirect it.

Imagine what it might take to redirect a rock several kilometers wide. If an outside force can be applied long enough, significant movement off-trajectory could occur. Even a tiny nudge might be sufficient. The further away an interception occurs, the longer would be the opportunity for that and the greater would be the probability of success.

A threatening object can be traveling tens of thousands of miles per hour. Thus, Earth’s defensive probe might have to travel millions of miles to make a successful interception.

Might that be achieved by an Earth launch? Experience shows that it takes vast energy just to escape the Planet, and our probes now take days just to reach the moon, a couple of hundred thousand miles distant. Earth itself would not be a very practical interceptor launch point.

Our Moon might be adequate place for an interceptor station. Less energy would be needed to gain the necessary rocket momentum. With enough advanced warning, a lunar-launched probe would move faster and make a deeper rendezvous. Earth itself might assist a probe gain speed by means of a gravity-assisted boost, slinging the interceptor around the Planet on a circuitous route to the flying threat.

Should it all work as planned, the interceptor might be guided onto a soft landing on the killer asteroid. Using its remaining fuel supply to thrust the rocket engine inward on the rocky mass, an asteroid might be nudged onto Earth-avoiding trajectory. Energy might also be augmented by harnessing solar-power. Solar radiation might even complete the job by having the probe apply a coating of reflective material, so that the Sun rays push the rock on one side, gradually moving it into an Earth-avoiding trajectory.

This is all pure science fiction, but seems doable. The alternative would be to allow another “dinosaur killer” ruin life on the Planet. My book Adam’s Caverns tells how a ground-based effort might save life on Earth when no space probe is yet available.

Layout 1

The epic survival tale begins, as Book I of Adam’s Chronicles tells of the world facing pending impact by a gigantic meteor. Adam Boatwright faces his greatest challenge: preparing for the collision and dealing with the aftermath of the massive calamity.

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.

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.

Find out more about this Amazon Kindle E-Book at:

www.amazon.com/dp/B00G3OB63M

(Amazon offers a free app for reading its E-Books on PCs, iPads, etc.)

The Adam’s Chronicles Series

Layout 1      Adam's New World 0616 (Small)      Adam's Tiger 0616 (Small)      Layout 1

Adam’s story is always brought up to date in fresh ways, so that books in this series may be read in any order.

The following book is the series prequel and may be read independently.

AdamForeverFinalCoverModifiedCorrected

All of the above are available at Amazon as Kindle E-Books.

What Others Say About This Series

Awesome story of restoration of Earth—an epic novel, one that shall never be forgotten. Dr. Lapin is truly gifted as a story teller. … Powerful, fast page turning story. Highly recommend—Nancy of Utah, Amazon Reviewer.

Great book, it is the kind of book you can’t wait to read again—Sandra Potter, Amazon Reviewer.

I am fascinated by the quality of this book. … A wonderful blend of thrilling adventure, science fiction and romance. … It delivers on so many different levels. Well done—Dennis Waller, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer.

This story had every element … an exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. Abundance of well-illustrated scenes. … had me immersed from the beginning. The story flows … with ease, and the author shows exceptional skill when it comes to storytelling. … Twists and turns in this page turner … make you want to read it non-stop. … Highly recommended—Piaras, Amazon Reviewer.

Phenomenal series offers elements of the thriller, mystery, science fiction, and romance genres. Dr. Lapin’s novels are exciting, with wonderfully developed characters and situations—Jada Ryker, Top 1,000 Amazon Reviewer.

Mad scientist or brave hero? … A murder mystery, medical thriller, and science fiction novel all rolled into one. I recommend it highly—Diane Rapp, Amazon Reviewer.

A fast paced story so plausible that I had trouble figuring the line where science fact and science fiction resides. … That credibility made the debate about the desirability of immortality real instead of fantasy. … An entertaining read—Capt’n Bob, Amazon Reviewer.

Challenges of Identifying Astronomical Threats

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter @LarryLLapin

A previous post makes a case for a deep-space interception of life-threatening astronomical objects. Practical solution to pending catastrophe demands early detection. That requires dedicated time on telescopic instruments. Unfortunately, those very expensive devices are over-subscribed by astronomers. Thus, discoveries of nearby objects, such as comets, are now predominated by amateur stargazers using relatively modest equipment with limited range.

Discovery of “dinosaur-killer-sized” asteroids or comets with Earth-threatening trajectories would best be served by at least two dedicated telescope observatories: one in the Northern Hemisphere, another in the Southern. Those facilities should each contain an array of instrumentation to maximize the probability of early detection, with all necessary computer support for predicting trajectories.

Funding for such must be guaranteed by a government or by a consortium of private groups. The telescopes would be a small part of the ultimate comprehensive system, which includes intercepting Earth-bound objects and elimination of all pending space threats to life on Earth as we know it.

I believe there is no more important space mission than preserving life. We might begin now to collect forms and store them while building capability to eliminate astronomical threats. This would secure a last-resort future for life until we achieve deep-space intercept capability.

A fictional account of such an activity is presented in my book, Adam’s Caverns.

Layout 1

The epic survival tale begins, as Book I of Adam’s Chronicles tells of the world facing pending impact by a gigantic meteor. Adam Boatwright faces his greatest challenge: preparing for the collision and dealing with the aftermath of the massive calamity.

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.

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.

Find out more about this Amazon Kindle E-Book at:

www.amazon.com/dp/B00G3OB63M

(Amazon offers a free app for reading its E-Books on PCs, iPads, etc.)

The Adam’s Chronicles Series

Layout 1      Adam's New World 0616 (Small)      Adam's Tiger 0616 (Small)      Layout 1

Adam’s story is always brought up to date in fresh ways, so that books in this series may be read in any order.

The following book is the series prequel and may be read independently.

AdamForeverFinalCoverModifiedCorrected

All of the above are available at Amazon as Kindle E-Books.

What Others Say About This Series

Awesome story of restoration of Earth—an epic novel, one that shall never be forgotten. Dr. Lapin is truly gifted as a story teller. … Powerful, fast page turning story. Highly recommend—Nancy of Utah, Amazon Reviewer.

Great book, it is the kind of book you can’t wait to read again—Sandra Potter, Amazon Reviewer.

I am fascinated by the quality of this book. … A wonderful blend of thrilling adventure, science fiction and romance. … It delivers on so many different levels. Well done—Dennis Waller, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer.

This story had every element … an exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. Abundance of well-illustrated scenes. … had me immersed from the beginning. The story flows … with ease, and the author shows exceptional skill when it comes to storytelling. … Twists and turns in this page turner … make you want to read it non-stop. … Highly recommended—Piaras, Amazon Reviewer.

Phenomenal series offers elements of the thriller, mystery, science fiction, and romance genres. Dr. Lapin’s novels are exciting, with wonderfully developed characters and situations—Jada Ryker, Top 1,000 Amazon Reviewer.

Mad scientist or brave hero? … A murder mystery, medical thriller, and science fiction novel all rolled into one. I recommend it highly—Diane Rapp, Amazon Reviewer.

A fast paced story so plausible that I had trouble figuring the line where science fact and science fiction resides. … That credibility made the debate about the desirability of immortality real instead of fantasy. … An entertaining read—Capt’n Bob, Amazon Reviewer.

Stopping an Astronomical Threat to Earth

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter @LarryLLapin

Presently, little is being done to actively prevent a space object from hitting Earth. Tracking is done mainly of large asteroids and other big objects whose trajectories follow wide orbits about the Sun. Many surprise objects are seen, but they would all be unstoppable under our current lack of readiness.

History has proven that an impacting object does not have to be very large to destroy life. Analysis of the iridium debris layer from the 65-million-year-old dinosaur-killing meteor suggest it was just six kilometers wide.

Could we detect another object that size? It may be possible, but I am unaware of any government-sponsored telescopes dedicated to the mission of looking for one. And, knowing that a big object might be headed toward Earth does not solve the problem of preventing impact. Large space objects travel very fast, so a threat would have to be detected early enough to stop it.

And how would we intercept a space object now millions of miles from Earth and travelling 50,000 mph? The threat would have to be reached by our defensive probe, before it became too close. And, just how would we stop it? A nuclear blast would likely breakup a rocky asteroid, scattering large pieces, some of which might still hit Earth. That might be worse than doing nothing.

Some suggest that a fast-moving object be nudged into an Earth-avoiding trajectory. To accomplish that, our deployed interceptor would have to touch down on the threatening mass. We know it’s possible because we actually have landed space probes on asteroids. But such a mission would have to be done in a timely fashion. And, technology for shifting an orbit has not been developed.

So, we’re doing hardly anything now about a threat that might wipe us out. Something ought to be done. Do we have the will to do what it takes? We can’t even control our own pollution. Let’s hope a big rock doesn’t hit before we get our act together.

Meanwhile, we might follow the example of the life rescuers in my book, Adam’s Caverns, and begin securing the means to recover from a devastating astronomical event that we’re doing virtually nothing to prevent.

Layout 1

The epic survival tale begins, as Book I of Adam’s Chronicles tells of the world facing pending impact by a gigantic meteor. Adam Boatwright faces his greatest challenge: preparing for the collision and dealing with the aftermath of the massive calamity.

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.

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.

Find out more about this Amazon Kindle E-Book at:

www.amazon.com/dp/B00G3OB63M

(Amazon offers a free app for reading its E-Books on PCs, iPads, etc.)

The Adam’s Chronicles Series

Layout 1      Adam's New World 0616 (Small)      Adam's Tiger 0616 (Small)      Layout 1

Adam’s story is always brought up to date in fresh ways, so that books in this series may be read in any order.

The following book is the series prequel and may be read independently.

AdamForeverFinalCoverModifiedCorrected

All of the above are available at Amazon as Kindle E-Books.

What Others Say About This Series

Awesome story of restoration of Earth—an epic novel, one that shall never be forgotten. Dr. Lapin is truly gifted as a story teller. … Powerful, fast page turning story. Highly recommend—Nancy of Utah, Amazon Reviewer.

Great book, it is the kind of book you can’t wait to read again—Sandra Potter, Amazon Reviewer.

I am fascinated by the quality of this book. … A wonderful blend of thrilling adventure, science fiction and romance. … It delivers on so many different levels. Well done—Dennis Waller, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer.

This story had every element … an exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. Abundance of well-illustrated scenes. … had me immersed from the beginning. The story flows … with ease, and the author shows exceptional skill when it comes to storytelling. … Twists and turns in this page turner … make you want to read it non-stop. … Highly recommended—Piaras, Amazon Reviewer.

Phenomenal series offers elements of the thriller, mystery, science fiction, and romance genres. Dr. Lapin’s novels are exciting, with wonderfully developed characters and situations—Jada Ryker, Top 1,000 Amazon Reviewer.

Mad scientist or brave hero? … A murder mystery, medical thriller, and science fiction novel all rolled into one. I recommend it highly—Diane Rapp, Amazon Reviewer.

A fast paced story so plausible that I had trouble figuring the line where science fact and science fiction resides. … That credibility made the debate about the desirability of immortality real instead of fantasy. … An entertaining read—Capt’n Bob, Amazon Reviewer.

Expecting Nuclear Winter, Life Restorers Get New “Dinosaur Killer”

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter @LarryLLapin

My earlier post tells of the big falling rock responsible for killing-off the dinosaurs. Imagine the calamity from a ten-times bigger meteor hitting Earth. A condition known as “nuclear winter” might shroud the Planet in gases and dust for years. Should anyone survive, they would inhabit a world nearly devoid of life. It would be like a volcanic island risen from the sea and beginning to take on life anew.

The Kilauea lava flows in Hawaii is a good example of what survivors might encounter. The crater area is surrounded by lush acreage that was once in the same condition. Yet, this tropical paradise is the remotest spot on Earth, thousands of miles from the nearest land. Every few millennia a new plant or animal would arrive by accident—not to the Hawaiian Islands we know—but to an earlier island in the chain, now worn away and under the sea.

A log from South America would land on shore, and a coconut would sprout. A stowaway bug would establish itself, living off the new plant growth. Slowly, very slowly, new plants and animals would arrive. And living things would island hop to their new neighbors, evolving over millions of years of continuing volcanic renewal.

For an Earth recovering from a gigantic meteor crash, there would be no far away land from which plants and animals would arrive to colonize barren places. If Earth were to have some remanence of what it what once had, people would have to save it from before and assist in the Planet’s recovery.

A fictional account of that effort is told in my book, Adam’s Caverns, a tale that begins with preparations to save life from nuclear war and ends with the beginnings of a lengthy recovery from a new “dinosaur killer.”

Layout 1

The epic survival tale begins, as Book I of Adam’s Chronicles tells of the world facing pending impact by a gigantic meteor. Adam Boatwright faces his greatest challenge: preparing for the collision and dealing with the aftermath of the massive calamity.

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.

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.

Find out more about this Amazon Kindle E-Book at:

www.amazon.com/dp/B00G3OB63M

(Amazon offers a free app for reading its E-Books on PCs, iPads, etc.)

The Adam’s Chronicles Series

Layout 1      Adam's New World 0616 (Small)      Adam's Tiger 0616 (Small)      Layout 1

Adam’s story is always brought up to date in fresh ways, so that books in this series may be read in any order.

The following book is the series prequel and may be read independently.

AdamForeverFinalCoverModifiedCorrected

All of the above are available at Amazon as Kindle E-Books.

What Others Say About This Series

Awesome story of restoration of Earth—an epic novel, one that shall never be forgotten. Dr. Lapin is truly gifted as a story teller. … Powerful, fast page turning story. Highly recommend—Nancy of Utah, Amazon Reviewer.

Great book, it is the kind of book you can’t wait to read again—Sandra Potter, Amazon Reviewer.

I am fascinated by the quality of this book. … A wonderful blend of thrilling adventure, science fiction and romance. … It delivers on so many different levels. Well done—Dennis Waller, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer.

This story had every element … an exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. Abundance of well-illustrated scenes. … had me immersed from the beginning. The story flows … with ease, and the author shows exceptional skill when it comes to storytelling. … Twists and turns in this page turner … make you want to read it non-stop. … Highly recommended—Piaras, Amazon Reviewer.

Phenomenal series offers elements of the thriller, mystery, science fiction, and romance genres. Dr. Lapin’s novels are exciting, with wonderfully developed characters and situations—Jada Ryker, Top 1,000 Amazon Reviewer.

Mad scientist or brave hero? … A murder mystery, medical thriller, and science fiction novel all rolled into one. I recommend it highly—Diane Rapp, Amazon Reviewer.

A fast paced story so plausible that I had trouble figuring the line where science fact and science fiction resides. … That credibility made the debate about the desirability of immortality real instead of fantasy. … An entertaining read—Capt’n Bob, Amazon Reviewer.

Boundary Layer and Dinosaur Extinctions

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter @LarryLLapin

Although fossil evidence had long pointed to the rapid disappearance of dinosaurs 65 million years ago, it was long a mystery as to the extinctions’ cause. It took a father and son team, researchers named Alvarez, to provide hard scientific evidence that the cause was terrestrial—a large asteroid hitting Earth at high speed.

The scientists’ solution to the great mystery lay in rocks from two geologic eras—the Cretaceous and Tertiary—separated by a layer of iridium everywhere on the Planet. The Alvarezes maintained that the rare element had extraterrestrial origins, since only atmospheric fallout could be so widespread. They hypothesized that the iridium deposits—known as the K-T boundary layer—was actually compacted dust from Earth’s collision with a large meteor, though corroborating evidence was needed.

Satellite radar provided confirmation by locating the K-T meteor impact site, on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. There sits a crater fifty miles wide and just the right age. The amount of K-T iridium deposited indicates the meteor was about six kilometers wide. The oblong distortion in local topography tells the direction of impact, presumed to be the effect of zooming down at thirty thousand miles per hour. Coming from the south, the collision’s blast must have scorched half the Northern Hemisphere, with winds of several hundred miles per hour pushing hot, vaporized debris all over the continent. All plants burned and entire animal species cooked.

The smoke must have blackened the sky, adding soot to the dust and debris skirting the atmosphere, like the belching from a thousand Mount St. Helens volcanoes. The fires explain the disappearance of many plant families from the north. Notable among them were early conifers, such as the Norfolk pine, now a New Zealand native. But fires were only the initial phase of the catastrophe.

Creatures and plants of all types perished as Earth became dark and cold. Massive die-offs took place in the sea and on the land. The few survivors from the years-long winter inhabited a hostile, cold world. Large animals and uncloaked terrestrial creatures couldn’t thrive. Dinosaurs were most familiar victims, though entire families of other animals and plants also became extinct.

My book, Adam’s Caverns, is a fictional account of survival and subsequent life-restorations, should a similar event occur in today’s world. I tell my story with the hope that it may encourage people to take extra-terrestrial threats seriously. We need to devote resources to protect the Planet and to restore life should such a catastrophe again occur. Another space object is bound to hit our Planet. We have the luxury of time and the capability to do something about it.

Layout 1

The epic survival tale begins, as Book I of Adam’s Chronicles tells of the world facing pending impact by a gigantic meteor. Adam Boatwright faces his greatest challenge: preparing for the collision and dealing with the aftermath of the massive calamity.

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.

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.

Find out more about this Amazon Kindle E-Book at:

www.amazon.com/dp/B00G3OB63M

(Amazon offers a free app for reading its E-Books on PCs, iPads, etc.)

The Adam’s Chronicles Series

Layout 1      Adam's New World 0616 (Small)      Adam's Tiger 0616 (Small)      Layout 1

Adam’s story is always brought up to date in fresh ways, so that books in this series may be read in any order.

The following book is the series prequel and may be read independently.

AdamForeverFinalCoverModifiedCorrected

All of the above are available at Amazon as Kindle E-Books.

What Others Say About This Series

Awesome story of restoration of Earth—an epic novel, one that shall never be forgotten. Dr. Lapin is truly gifted as a story teller. … Powerful, fast page turning story. Highly recommend—Nancy of Utah, Amazon Reviewer.

Great book, it is the kind of book you can’t wait to read again—Sandra Potter, Amazon Reviewer.

I am fascinated by the quality of this book. … A wonderful blend of thrilling adventure, science fiction and romance. … It delivers on so many different levels. Well done—Dennis Waller, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer.

This story had every element … an exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. Abundance of well-illustrated scenes. … had me immersed from the beginning. The story flows … with ease, and the author shows exceptional skill when it comes to storytelling. … Twists and turns in this page turner … make you want to read it non-stop. … Highly recommended—Piaras, Amazon Reviewer.

Phenomenal series offers elements of the thriller, mystery, science fiction, and romance genres. Dr. Lapin’s novels are exciting, with wonderfully developed characters and situations—Jada Ryker, Top 1,000 Amazon Reviewer.

Mad scientist or brave hero? … A murder mystery, medical thriller, and science fiction novel all rolled into one. I recommend it highly—Diane Rapp, Amazon Reviewer.

A fast paced story so plausible that I had trouble figuring the line where science fact and science fiction resides. … That credibility made the debate about the desirability of immortality real instead of fantasy. … An entertaining read—Capt’n Bob, Amazon Reviewer.

Humans Put Animals to Work—Isn’t that Slavery?

 Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

July 15, 2015

Humans have evolved using animals as beasts of burden and food. People have treated other humans as slaves. Suppose survivors of a great meteor impact want to use highly intelligent restored apes as farm hands and zoo keepers. Would those apes be slaves? Those apes and humans can communicate with signs. Doesn’t that make them really a different species of people, who should not be treated as slaves?

This is one of the many controversies and ticklish issues confronted in Adam’s Caverns.

Find out more about the story in my book,  Adam’s Chronicles.

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The epic survival tale begins, as Book I of Adam’s Chronicles tells of the world facing pending impact by a gigantic meteor. Adam Boatwright faces his greatest challenge: preparing for the collision and dealing with the aftermath of the massive calamity.

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.

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.

Find out more about this Amazon Kindle E-Book at:

www.amazon.com/dp/B00G3OB63M

(Amazon offers a free app for reading its E-Books on PCs, iPads, etc.)

The Adam’s Chronicles Series

Layout 1      Adam's New World 0616 (Small)      Adam's Tiger 0616 (Small)      Layout 1

Adam’s story is always brought up to date in fresh ways, so that books in this series may be read in any order.

The following book is the series prequel and may be read independently.

AdamForeverFinalCoverModifiedCorrected

All of the above are available at Amazon as Kindle E-Books.

What Others Say About This Series

Awesome story of restoration of Earth—an epic novel, one that shall never be forgotten. Dr. Lapin is truly gifted as a story teller. … Powerful, fast page turning story. Highly recommend—Nancy of Utah, Amazon Reviewer.

Great book, it is the kind of book you can’t wait to read again—Sandra Potter, Amazon Reviewer.

I am fascinated by the quality of this book. … A wonderful blend of thrilling adventure, science fiction and romance. … It delivers on so many different levels. Well done—Dennis Waller, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer.

This story had every element … an exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. Abundance of well-illustrated scenes. … had me immersed from the beginning. The story flows … with ease, and the author shows exceptional skill when it comes to storytelling. … Twists and turns in this page turner … make you want to read it non-stop. … Highly recommended—Piaras, Amazon Reviewer.

Phenomenal series offers elements of the thriller, mystery, science fiction, and romance genres. Dr. Lapin’s novels are exciting, with wonderfully developed characters and situations—Jada Ryker, Top 1,000 Amazon Reviewer.

Mad scientist or brave hero? … A murder mystery, medical thriller, and science fiction novel all rolled into one. I recommend it highly—Diane Rapp, Amazon Reviewer.

A fast paced story so plausible that I had trouble figuring the line where science fact and science fiction resides. … That credibility made the debate about the desirability of immortality real instead of fantasy. … An entertaining read—Capt’n Bob, Amazon Reviewer.

 

Human Intelligence and Smart Apes

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

The high intelligence of modern humans is a relatively new phenomenon, in terms of geological time. We still don’t know the relative importance of nature versus nurture to our cognitive development.

We do know that chimpanzees and bonobos are our closest relatives, though they do have smaller brains. A significant proportion of the human brain growth occurs in early infancy. Now, imagine apes mothered by humans, who carried them in their own wombs to replace children they couldn’t conceive. Would that nurturing environment make for smart babies? Suppose also that those infant primates were given a special diet of mind enhancers and that they learned sign language while growing up. Might those apes approach humans in intelligence?

The longest science-fictional leap in my books is to answer with a yes. The ape children in Adam’s Caverns appear to be just as smart as humans.

Layout 1

The epic survival tale begins, as Book I of Adam’s Chronicles tells of the world facing pending impact by a gigantic meteor. Adam Boatwright faces his greatest challenge: preparing for the collision and dealing with the aftermath of the massive calamity.

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.

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.

Find out more about this Amazon Kindle E-Book at:

www.amazon.com/dp/B00G3OB63M

(Amazon offers a free app for reading its E-Books on PCs, iPads, etc.)

The Adam’s Chronicles Series

Layout 1      Adam's New World 0616 (Small)      Adam's Tiger 0616 (Small)      Layout 1

Adam’s story is always brought up to date in fresh ways, so that books in this series may be read in any order.

The following book is the series prequel and may be read independently.

AdamForeverFinalCoverModifiedCorrected

All of the above are available at Amazon as Kindle E-Books.

What Others Say About This Series

Awesome story of restoration of Earth—an epic novel, one that shall never be forgotten. Dr. Lapin is truly gifted as a story teller. … Powerful, fast page turning story. Highly recommend—Nancy of Utah, Amazon Reviewer.

Great book, it is the kind of book you can’t wait to read again—Sandra Potter, Amazon Reviewer.

I am fascinated by the quality of this book. … A wonderful blend of thrilling adventure, science fiction and romance. … It delivers on so many different levels. Well done—Dennis Waller, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer.

This story had every element … an exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. Abundance of well-illustrated scenes. … had me immersed from the beginning. The story flows … with ease, and the author shows exceptional skill when it comes to storytelling. … Twists and turns in this page turner … make you want to read it non-stop. … Highly recommended—Piaras, Amazon Reviewer.

Phenomenal series offers elements of the thriller, mystery, science fiction, and romance genres. Dr. Lapin’s novels are exciting, with wonderfully developed characters and situations—Jada Ryker, Top 1,000 Amazon Reviewer.

Mad scientist or brave hero? … A murder mystery, medical thriller, and science fiction novel all rolled into one. I recommend it highly—Diane Rapp, Amazon Reviewer.

A fast paced story so plausible that I had trouble figuring the line where science fact and science fiction resides. … That credibility made the debate about the desirability of immortality real instead of fantasy. … An entertaining read—Capt’n Bob, Amazon Reviewer.

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Imagine Earth after a Giant Meteor Collision

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

What would Earth be like after a collision with a large meteor, such as the one responsible for the demise of the dinosaurs? Nobody knows for sure, but dark skies are likely. The absence of sunlight would halt all agriculture and drive many plants to extinction. Few animals would survive. Humans are likely to lead the pack into extinction.

Life forms not needing light could survive the longest. Imagine the ugly fish found in the deepest ocean depths. There are entire ecosystems on sea floors that have food chains beginning with bacteria nourished there by volcano vents. The direction of life on our planet would drastically change, as survivors occupy new niches and evolve. That was how mammals came to dominate the world, as did the reptiles, following an earlier astronomical catastrophe.

In my book, Adam’s Caverns, a group of surviving people attempt to restore much life that would otherwise be lost. All sorts of questions get raised and unforeseen problems arise.

Layout 1

The epic survival tale begins, as Book I of Adam’s Chronicles tells of the world facing pending impact by a gigantic meteor. Adam Boatwright faces his greatest challenge: preparing for the collision and dealing with the aftermath of the massive calamity.

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.

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.

Find out more about this Amazon Kindle E-Book at:

www.amazon.com/dp/B00G3OB63M

(Amazon offers a free app for reading its E-Books on PCs, iPads, etc.)

The Adam’s Chronicles Series

Layout 1      Adam's New World 0616 (Small)      Adam's Tiger 0616 (Small)      Layout 1

Adam’s story is always brought up to date in fresh ways, so that books in this series may be read in any order.

The following book is the series prequel and may be read independently.

AdamForeverFinalCoverModifiedCorrected

All of the above are available at Amazon as Kindle E-Books.

What Others Say About This Series

Awesome story of restoration of Earth—an epic novel, one that shall never be forgotten. Dr. Lapin is truly gifted as a story teller. … Powerful, fast page turning story. Highly recommend—Nancy of Utah, Amazon Reviewer.

Great book, it is the kind of book you can’t wait to read again—Sandra Potter, Amazon Reviewer.

I am fascinated by the quality of this book. … A wonderful blend of thrilling adventure, science fiction and romance. … It delivers on so many different levels. Well done—Dennis Waller, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer.

This story had every element … an exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. Abundance of well-illustrated scenes. … had me immersed from the beginning. The story flows … with ease, and the author shows exceptional skill when it comes to storytelling. … Twists and turns in this page turner … make you want to read it non-stop. … Highly recommended—Piaras, Amazon Reviewer.

Phenomenal series offers elements of the thriller, mystery, science fiction, and romance genres. Dr. Lapin’s novels are exciting, with wonderfully developed characters and situations—Jada Ryker, Top 1,000 Amazon Reviewer.

Mad scientist or brave hero? … A murder mystery, medical thriller, and science fiction novel all rolled into one. I recommend it highly—Diane Rapp, Amazon Reviewer.

A fast paced story so plausible that I had trouble figuring the line where science fact and science fiction resides. … That credibility made the debate about the desirability of immortality real instead of fantasy. … An entertaining read—Capt’n Bob, Amazon Reviewer.

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