Category Archives: Adam’s Chronicles

Adam is Trapped in a Never-Ending Job

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: LarryLLapin

Superhero Adam Boatwright is immersed in his ongoing mission of restoring life to the Plane,t damaged in a meteor catastrophe. Only that rescue effort has justified his living on in virtual immortality. But the tortured man resents the burden of having to go on living a lie, masquerading as his son, changing identity over-and-over again. He is tired of all the deception.

Adam wonders how much longer he can linger on in his changing world, one where he has to continually modify his antiquated speech, scrambling to keep up with the rapidly evolving language. That might seem to Adam akin to a time-travelling Will Shakespeare, navigating through the Twenty-First Century. Just imagine the Bard attempting to deceive all persons into believing he is their contemporary.

But Adam has no place to hide. He must interact with many modern people, assiduously hiding his age, lest they learn his secret. Nobody must know immortality can be had. Adam is convinced that would forever ruin evolution and ultimately destroy life itself. But Adam is trapped, since he needs others to implement his ecology tweaks. After all, his only reason for living on has been to fix the Planet, a job that may never end.

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.

How Many People Would Be Optimal?

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

A previous posting questions superhero Adam’s strategy of limiting the Planet’s population to about a million people. He finds the ceiling inadequate for building an infrastructure needed to deter another astronomical disaster. Protecting Earth would require launching a new space program, and the Planet’s present population would be too tiny and lacks resources for that. Adam would like a world more like the one of his youth. That pre-meteor globe was in so many ways more advanced his present world.

So few people also limits regular restoration activities, which are far too old-fashioned for Adam’s taste. To that end, he wants to encourage more research on such things as artificial intelligence. That would demand better computing capabilities, similar to what existed before a large piece of Comet Icarus plowed into Earth, over five centuries before. Adam has also come to realize that more “boots on the ground” would be needed to further refine ecological balance for Earth’s restored life.

Yet Adam is concerned about the propensity toward overpopulation by all forms of life—indeed, by all species within any group. Adam is ambivalent about it all. He still believes limited population growth would be best. But what would be the optimal stopping point? Adam has lingering doubts, suspecting that no species has been effective at limiting its own growth through self-control alone.

Still, Adam would study the issue to find an optimal population level for human and hairy people.

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

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.

Adam Struggles at Being the Superhero

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

Throughout Adam’s Chronicles, superhero Adam Boatwright is often nagged by self-doubts while also suppressing guilt over his own immortality. But feelings of inadequacy are usually alleviated by psychic rewards from his work. He is especially proud of the progress achieved by nudging along Earth’s massive life restoration efforts, which he began early, as the Planet was about to be hit by a wayward meteor from Comet Icarus.

Book IV ends with Adam feeling pretty good about what has been accomplished. He wonders if he should retire, which would probably end with him terminating his own immortality by taking a stopper vaccine that restores aging. But Adam knows his work will never be finished. And, to continue that he must spend much time and energy hiding his immortality, often switching identities.

Every 30 or 40 years Adam will become his own fictional “son or grandson” while relying on surrogates do most of his work. Much of that effort is restorations management, for which Adam strategically nudges aside inevitable disruptions. Such activities would never be enough, and Adam must be constantly be on the lookout for hazards that threaten species—especially people.

Adam finds that virtual immortality uniquely qualifies him to personally engage certain threats, such as epidemics arising from mutating microbiota. He vows to keep the people from again overpopulating the Planet, which could happen in as little as 500 more years. Yet, he also realizes that more people could do a better job of protecting Earth from future astronomical disaster. That task would be eased through infrastructure improvements needing more people. One priority would be a rejuvenated space program, hard to achieve with the bare-necessities provided by his restored cottage-industry world.

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

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-ness, Ape-ness, and Genetic Intervention

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

Adam’s Chronicles is concerned with restoring life to Earth following a meteor disaster that kills-off most species. Surviving humans take on the task of restoring life to the Planet. They need all the help they can get, especially from the apes, which have been restored early and raised amongst them.

We can learn much about human-ness by watching apes, our genetically closest cousins. Book I of Adam’s Chronicles focuses two groups of great apes, chimpanzees and bonobos. Those cohabiting primates have been fostered out of necessity due to temporary human inability to reproduce. Some apes would go on to live wild, while others would live amongst humans as hairy people. Their first infants, mothered by humans, will receive dietary supplements of mind-enhancing chemicals and grow up to be highly intelligent.

In one sense, Adam’s Chronicles takes animal rights to a new level, bringing two groups of beings onto an equal plane with humans. These hairy ones become full-fledged members of a new multi-species society. But that is not enough for those domestic creatures: they want to have certain physical human characteristics.

Hairy people would thus become new species, apart from their ancestors. (An analogy would be dogs vis-a-vis wolves.) The non-humans prevail upon scientists to genetically manipulate them so that their children will walk upright on two legs, just like humans. They also want to vocalize their speech like “proper” people instead of using sign language. 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.

The hybrid society brings unforeseen problems and many benefits.

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

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.

Limitations of Adam’s Virtual Immortality

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

Superhero Adam Boatwright of Adam’s Chronicles has been the prime mover for life restorations after Earth was hit by a massive “dinosaur-killer.” He has been an effective leader of that lengthy recovery largely by default, enabled by a very helpful condition—an unnatural result of a failed self-experiment to prevent cancer. That side effect has left the geneticist unable to age like a normal person, because it somehow halted errors when his body’s cell divide. 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.

Perfectly diving cells will not stop Adam’s bones from decaying over time. He has found a cure in which periodic treatments restore chemicals to aging bones. Similar issues occur with the superhero’s teeth, eyes, inner ears, and other body parts that do not involve mitosis (dividing cells).

Adam’s Chronicles is a series of science-fiction books told as a continuing story, Adam will find solutions similar to his bone treatments for maintaining and repairing inevitable non-cellular damage to other parts of his youngish body. (You may call that “black magic” if you wish. 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 500 plus years? Will his mind remain sharp? What about neurons in his brain? Will they regenerate like a normal person’s or will they degenerate, leaving Adam to die of dementia?

The nice thing about fiction, and science fiction in particular, is that authors have great freedom to take license. 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.

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

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.

Embryo and Egg Collections for Later Restoration

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

Adam’s Chronicles is concerned with restoring life to Earth following a meteor disaster that kills-off most species. An earlier posting concerns issues in restoring the biggest mammals along with the tiniest microbiota they would need for survival.

Most animal life in the Adam’s Chronicles stories would be restored using fertilized eggs or embryos saved from before the killer meteor. 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. Blue whales, for instance, might be temporarily restored by employing cloned cetacean cows. But that would require continued human intervention. Only restored bull blues migh provide a permanent solution.

Geneticists might artificially create male blue-whale DNA. Such trickery is discussed in Adam’s Pouched Lion, where only female DNA is available. 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. In the case of a blue whale, DNA from the male of a cousin-species—perhaps a fin whale—might be spliced onto a stripped-down molecule from the donor female blue. The future offspring would be hybrids, but the blue whale’s ecological niche would be preserved for future evolution.

Does this all sound a bit far-fetched? Of course, as it should be. This is, after all, science fiction.

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

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.

Future Books for ADAM’S CHRONICLES

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

Adam’s Chronicles tells of our world after most life is lost from a giant meteor calamity. Nearly five centuries of restoration activities have transpired between Book II (Adam’s New World) and Book III (Adam’s Tiger). 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. I will tell their story in a later novel, stepping back in time within one of superhero Adam Boatwright’s many flashbacks. I’ll take a similar approach in telling about whales. 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? In Adam’s Caverns (Book I) only a handful of mammal species could be brought underground before the giant meteor hit—cats, dogs, goats, monkeys, and guinea pigs. 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. Any missing essential biota would have to be genetically engineered. The fictional rescue scientists are presumed capable of overseeing that effort.

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

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.

Issues Raised in ADAM’S CHRONICLES

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

My novels provide a forum for discussing certain social issues and ethical matters.

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. Dr. 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.

Adam Forever was inspiration for and serves as the prequel to Adam’s Chronicles, a continuing story told through a series of novels. Key issues carry forward, and new ones arise.

Book I, Adam’s Caverns, concerns restoration of life following impact by a meteor of “dinosaur-killing” size. 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.

All issues continue through Book II, Adam’s New World, in which genetics dictates parentages that minimize future inbreeding and hereditary disease. 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. At the insistence of co-habiting ape descendants, rescue scientist will conduct genetic tinkering on a grand scale, helping those hairy people become more human-like.

Book III, Adam’s Tiger, further extends genetic manipulations that bring forth predators to occupy key ecological niches. Most notable: re-engineered of sabre toothed cats. 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.

Genetic tinkering is refined in Book IV, Adam’s Pouched Lion, in which fierce marsupial feline-like creatures are brought back from extinction to prey on kangaroos.

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

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.

ADAM’S CHRONICLES—An Ideal Writing Outlet

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

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 am not a gadget person, and my brand of sci-fi would not be a traditional “space opera,” though it would be firmly based on science.

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. Everything would be plausible, with little need for readers to suspend disbelief. My superhero needed integrity while being humble. He would feel justified having the gift of immortality, since long-life made practical the gargantuan task of restoring life to a dead planet.

It was a very heady experience, laying out basic architecture for Adam’s story. That project provided the ultimate creative outlet. It also made an ideal framework for addressing various social issues and ethical matters. It was fulfilling to vicariously “play god” through Adam, having him solve some intractable problems nagging at us today.

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.

How ADAM’S CHRONICLES Began: From Textbooks to Novels

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

My professional writing career began in textbooks. While in my twenties, I launched the first book, Statistics for Modern Business Decisions. About twenty-five years would pass until I began the first novel, a rough version of what would become Adam… Forever. I devoted much of the last twenty tumultuous years re-writing Adam’s story, gradually bringing the original into its present form.

My forte in textbooks was pedagogy, and I received great praise for clearly explaining statistics, a much feared and least-favored topic for so many. I endeavored to make that subject easier and more relevant. At the same time, my comprehensive coverage included less common topics, such as nonparametric procedures and Bayesian decision making. Most effort went to developing good examples and providing meaningful problems and cases. Those illustrations would much closer to fiction than the mathematical discourse, and some passages even had conversation.

I was shocked that readers found my early novel drafts to be much like textbooks, reflecting my tendency to explain and analyze every idea. As a professor it had always been second nature to give running commentaries. My modus operandi was (1) “telling what I was going to say,” (2) “saying it,” and finally (3) summarizing it all by “telling again what I said before.”

Although most novel readers liked Adam’s story line, things did not flow smoothly. Readers were annoyed by my tendency to “tell” what was happening instead of “showing” it. Bored with stilted analysis and all-too-frequent hints about coming attractions, some readers abandoned my drafts. Though very logical, my early fiction lacked suspense. I had gotten nowhere in finding a decent literary agent. (Although, some took my money while going through the motions of representation).

Fortunately, I did acknowledge those shortcomings. Though, my awakening was very late in the game, I vowed to repair my novels. But first I would make them into screenplays. The adaptation of my first novel provided important lessons about story telling.

A most useful lesson was getting a screenplay short enough. That is a challenge, since a typical novel would literally equate to a ten or twenty-hour-long movie. Shortcuts must be taken, and dialog must be pared to a bare minimum. The whole thing must be shrunken. As I reduced word count, I replaced much descriptive verbiage with sketchy scenes. (Such depictions will ultimately be perfected by the director and film crew rather than the screen writer.) Over and over again, I imagined what picture might replace my novel’s proverbial thousand-word equivalent.

I found that the greatest difference between any novel and its later screenplay is story-telling itself. After adapting my novel, I was well-prepared to go back and rewrite the book. I began that first rewrite by replacing clunky “verbal pictures” with carefully crafted word “drawings.”

Perhaps the most important lesson for me was realizing that, like good movies that connect viewers at an emotional level, gut-level appeal made good novels too. It also became obvious that remaking my “sow’s-eared” tome into a potential best-selling “silk purse” required keeping things simple. Thus, not every possible plot twist would be needed in the final rewrite.

I knew exactly what to do. For instance, early drafts of that first novel had snared hero Adam Boatwright in a murder. He was not only falsely accused of the crime, but he was compelled to solve it himself. Police work would be too slow for my Adam, who couldn’t tolerate delaying his cancer-cure experiment.

I repaired the story by simplifying things, so that Adam helped police solve that murder without him even being a suspect. I made many such alterations and left some things unexplained. I would allow readers to fill in many holes, enabling them to mentally nod in amazement and move on.  They would not be taking a final exam. They could understand as little or as much as they felt fit. (We can appreciate Star Trek stories without having to understand warp speed, which may indeed be impossible to achieve.)

Textbook writing and novel authoring are both art forms. They have different objectives with lots of similarities. My career trajectory from one to the other was painful and inefficient. I had been too-successful as a textbook author to easily overcome my early hubris from “knowing it all” about writing.

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

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.