Monthly Archives: October 2015

A Multi-Species Society

Lawrence L. Lapin

@LarryLLapin

The Adam’s Chronicles series involves hairy people of two species, both originating from their wild ancestors. Their launch is an interesting story in itself.

As you may know by now, my survival tale begins with a piece of Comet Icarus ready to make a “dinosaur-killing” sized splash into Earth. The main body of survivors—who will ultimately be led by superhero Adam Boatwright—emerge from their underground refuge and take on a mission to rescue life all over the Planet. They and their children plan keep that going indefinitely.

Unfortunately, all adult males would become sterile from radiation emitted from rocks within the cavern walls. The only potential father would be a four-year old boy born underground. The rescuers would wait to have their own children.

By the time Sean became a teenager, most women would be too old to naturally bear their own kids. In the meantime, one impatient woman volunteered to carry chimpanzee embryos that had been saved from before the calamity. Others followed her example and became pregnant with implants of three different ape species. Not only did that dramatically verify a key procedure for restoring mammals through interspecies surrogacy, but it also conditioned aged human bodies to later carry their own children. The pregnancies would begin long after menopause, and the babies would be fathered ex utero by teen Sean.

Fed mind enhancers, the restored apes would be reared by humans, with whom they could communicate by sign language. The animals would become super smart and fill in gaps that would have been occupied by human children.

Two ape species, a majority of the restored chimpanzees and bonobos, would receive all the rights of people. They would live in harmony together with humans. But those tame apes would want oral speech and want to walk like human people. They would request that their children be genetically modified to do so. The hairy people thus would become new species of people, distinct from their wild bonobo and chimpanzee cousins. The wilderness apes would lead primitive lifestyles like their ancestors, on opposite sides of the Congo River and apart from humans.

My book, Adam’s Pouched Lion, tells more about the hairy people and how they relate to their wilderness cousins.

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In Book IV of Adam’s Chronicles Planet Earth is still recovering from a disastrous meteor impact. The centuries-long effort to restore animals and plants—and mankind itself—has been expanded to include bringing back certain mammals that went extinct much earlier.

Adam Boatwright worries about the future. The long-lived geneticist wants a world with a small human footprint. But he also wants to compensate for the earlier ruin people brought. His ambitious goal is improving the planet’s platform for future evolution. In doing so he has reversed extinctions, starting with woolly mammoths and saber-toothed cats. In the works are bringing back long-dead keystone Australian predators: Tasmanian tiger-wolves and marsupial lions.

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

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01183SHPM

(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.

Converting Female DNA into Male DNA

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

My earlier blogs discuss bringing back an extinct animal by finding its bones and patching together strands of DNA extracted from the marrow to get a good whole. That DNA molecule would then be inserted into a vacuated egg from a related species. The final step would involve a cloning-type procedure with that ovum.

Assuming that all of this can be done successfully, the result would be a baby genetically equal to the bone’s owner—an animal that had been extinct for thousands of years. What would the restorers do next?

Presuming that the young animal is female, the scientists could begin a breeding program, starting with this baby. She would be carried to term and nurtured by her foster mom (a female from another species), all supervised by veterinarians and biologists. Perhaps the first baby’s twin sisters would be created too, forming a little group that would help start a wild population.

The restored animals would all be clones until more bones were found and fresh genes became available. Only after the remains of a male are discovered could the species be properly launched. Until that milestone, twin sisters would be implanted with other clones, and all mothers would nurture and teach subsequent generations of females. That might take hundreds of years, with continuous involvement by tenders and scientists.

A bolder approach might speed the process considerably through the artificial creation of a male using a DNA strand of a cloned female that is unrelated to the eventual biological mother of the new boy. This would be strictly science-fictional, genetic “black magic,” though do-able in the abstract. Human breeders would have to insert the Y-chromosome from a male of a different species, patch it up to make it compatible, splice that into the original DNA package, and strip away the female parts (mitochondrial DNA).

The result of all of that might be a freak, and the whole experiment might have to be repeated many times with corrections being made to each successive male DNA. This could also take centuries (just seconds, in geological time).

All of this is just hinted at in my story Adam’s Pouched Lion, as the bone search for Marsupial Lion femurs goes on.

Layout 1

In Book IV of Adam’s Chronicles Planet Earth is still recovering from a disastrous meteor impact. The centuries-long effort to restore animals and plants—and mankind itself—has been expanded to include bringing back certain mammals that went extinct much earlier.

Adam Boatwright worries about the future. The long-lived geneticist wants a world with a small human footprint. But he also wants to compensate for the earlier ruin people brought. His ambitious goal is improving the planet’s platform for future evolution. In doing so he has reversed extinctions, starting with woolly mammoths and saber-toothed cats. In the works are bringing back long-dead keystone Australian predators: Tasmanian tiger-wolves and marsupial lions.

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

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01183SHPM

(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.

Population Growth Must Always Be a Concern

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

The life restorers in my Adam’s Chronicles series have been reproducing themselves without abandon for several centuries. In just 500 years, the world’s people have grown from 25 to over a million individuals. Leader and superhero Adam Boatwright has come to worry that people will again overpopulate Earth, returning the Planet to another round of human desecration. He predicts that in another 500 years, there might be several billion people on Earth.

Our experience shows that a nation’s population will grow at an unsustainable rate until some technological breakthrough occurs or the level of personal wealth becomes high enough that people decide to limit their own family size.

Adam wants to take that experience and adapt it to the new world. My book, Adam’s Pouched Lion, tells about that effort.

Layout 1

In Book IV of Adam’s Chronicles Planet Earth is still recovering from a disastrous meteor impact. The centuries-long effort to restore animals and plants—and mankind itself—has been expanded to include bringing back certain mammals that went extinct much earlier.

Adam Boatwright worries about the future. The long-lived geneticist wants a world with a small human footprint. But he also wants to compensate for the earlier ruin people brought. His ambitious goal is improving the planet’s platform for future evolution. In doing so he has reversed extinctions, starting with woolly mammoths and saber-toothed cats. In the works are bringing back long-dead keystone Australian predators: Tasmanian tiger-wolves and marsupial lions.

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

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01183SHPM

(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.

Teaching a Marsupial Lion to Hunt

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

My earlier postings about restoring life lost to an astronomical calamity hint at a particularly nettlesome issue: Restoring the behavior of animals in addition to giving them life. One article delves into teaching eagles to hunt. Though eagles could subsist by scavenging from carcasses, people can’t teach them to hunt fresh kill. The birds will have to teach themselves to be proper eagles. Their behavioral traits will have to evolve.

That should happen quickly, because a restored world would have too few people to fuss with feeding eagles. The same would be true of other predators. Social animals like lions must be taught to kill. Feline mothers demonstrate that skill to their cubs. Once the lioness has given the vital lessons, it becomes survival of the fittest for her cubs, which she soon abandons. Humans would have to coach the first lion mother to teach hunting to her cub. People would have to leave that cub alone to fend for herself when mom leaves.

This same issue confronts superhero Adam Boatwright. In my story, Adam’s Pouched Lion, he plans to bring back to life the once-extinct Marsupial Lion. Since this animal would be re-created, nothing would be known about proper behavior. Teaching the first mother to be a proper mother would all be guesswork.

Layout 1

In Book IV of Adam’s Chronicles Planet Earth is still recovering from a disastrous meteor impact. The centuries-long effort to restore animals and plants—and mankind itself—has been expanded to include bringing back certain mammals that went extinct much earlier.

Adam Boatwright worries about the future. The long-lived geneticist wants a world with a small human footprint. But he also wants to compensate for the earlier ruin people brought. His ambitious goal is improving the planet’s platform for future evolution. In doing so he has reversed extinctions, starting with woolly mammoths and saber-toothed cats. In the works are bringing back long-dead keystone Australian predators: Tasmanian tiger-wolves and marsupial lions.

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

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01183SHPM

(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.

Which Life to Restore

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

The epic survival tale, continuing throughout my Adam’s Chronicle series, is all about restoring life to the Planet after an astronomical calamity. Again and again, the stories involve choosing what organisms to restore and where those plants and animals should be placed. An obvious choice, with a few exceptions, is to re-establish species where they evolved. That would give a mutually compatible collection of life to form ecologies already balanced by Nature.

The goal of the restorers is thwarted by incompleteness in saved life and by prior disruptions from human civilization. Continuing difficulties arise from varying success in restoring particular species. The bottom line for the restorers is that everything will be eventually sorted out through continuing evolution. The survivors seek an optimal platform for that.

Australia is a particularly nettlesome place for restoring animals, particularly mammals. Before the arrival of man, Australian non-flying land mammals were either marsupials (kangaroos, etc.) or egg layers (platypuses and echidnas). Non-pouched non-flying land mammals, or placentals, were late arrivals on the scene, all brought by human immigrants.

Marsupials have a disadvantage competing with mankind’s imports, notably dingoes (dogs), housecats, rabbits, and goats. In my story, Adam’s Pouched Lion, surviving people do not let any of those become feral. Outside of zoos, breeding of placentals is forbidden, except for farm animals—under strict control.

Layout 1

In Book IV of Adam’s Chronicles Planet Earth is still recovering from a disastrous meteor impact. The centuries-long effort to restore animals and plants—and mankind itself—has been expanded to include bringing back certain mammals that went extinct much earlier.

Adam Boatwright worries about the future. The long-lived geneticist wants a world with a small human footprint. But he also wants to compensate for the earlier ruin people brought. His ambitious goal is improving the planet’s platform for future evolution. In doing so he has reversed extinctions, starting with woolly mammoths and saber-toothed cats. In the works are bringing back long-dead keystone Australian predators: Tasmanian tiger-wolves and marsupial lions.

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

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01183SHPM

(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.

Hunting for Fossils of Extinct Predators

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

An earlier posting considers bones as a source of DNA for restoring an extinct species. It was noted that a cave might contain skeletal remains in good enough condition for patching together fragments and getting a complete DNA helix. Most fossil remains would be bones from prey animals.

It may seem obvious, but a cave is not a good place for a grazer to spend time, and not a likely place for a browsing animal to die. A cave would likely contain just pieces of deer or antelope skeletons. Plant-eaters spend much of their waking hours browsing for nourishment and must live near plants. Their diets are predominantly non-woody shrubs and grasses, most prolific on flood plains where land is flat and caves are few.

Carnivores, on the other hand, can go long stretches between meals. They spend most of their lives resting between kills, portions of which they can drag home. They would want a safe and comfortable lair. A cave would make an ideal residence. A limestone cavern might contain lots of undisturbed bones from partially eaten carcasses.

So a cavern would be good place to find animal bone fragments. And, because those bones would come from carcasses brought by the killer, an underground lair be a good spot to find complete skeletons of an old or wounded predator. Her home would be a likely place to die.

Having chosen the task of restoring extinct predators, geneticist superhero Adam Boatwright would search caves for fossil animals. His story is told in Adam’s Pouched Lion.

Layout 1

In Book IV of Adam’s Chronicles Planet Earth is still recovering from a disastrous meteor impact. The centuries-long effort to restore animals and plants—and mankind itself—has been expanded to include bringing back certain mammals that went extinct much earlier.

Adam Boatwright worries about the future. The long-lived geneticist wants a world with a small human footprint. But he also wants to compensate for the earlier ruin people brought. His ambitious goal is improving the planet’s platform for future evolution. In doing so he has reversed extinctions, starting with woolly mammoths and saber-toothed cats. In the works are bringing back long-dead keystone Australian predators: Tasmanian tiger-wolves and marsupial lions.

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

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01183SHPM

(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.

Bones and DNA of Extinct Animals

 Lawrence L. Lapin

@ LarryLLapin

Genetic material might still exist in skeletons of an extinct creature. A great deal of information about a species might be found in bone marrow, especially if the remains are found undisturbed. Microscopic fragments from gummy material might even be pieced together to provide a complete DNA genome.

Caves would be good place to start in searching for suitable bones. It was from such findings that scientists mapped DNA of early man. Further research raised our knowledge about the Neanderthal genome. There was enough evidence for scientists could report that genes of Europeans are about 3 to 8 percent Neanderthal, and therefore, that many of us are human hybrids.

Now, if we can find bones good enough to tell us all of that, then we ought to be able to find a femur from an animal that went extinct. That seems most do-able for extinct creatures that disappeared more recently than the Neanderthals.

My fictional science story in Adam’s Pouched Lion entails such an activity. My superhero Adam Boatwright would bring back an extinct Marsupial Lion. Some may call his survival tale science fiction, even though much of it is based on true science.

Layout 1

In Book IV of Adam’s Chronicles Planet Earth is still recovering from a disastrous meteor impact. The centuries-long effort to restore animals and plants—and mankind itself—has been expanded to include bringing back certain mammals that went extinct much earlier.

Adam Boatwright worries about the future. The long-lived geneticist wants a world with a small human footprint. But he also wants to compensate for the earlier ruin people brought. His ambitious goal is improving the planet’s platform for future evolution. In doing so he has reversed extinctions, starting with woolly mammoths and saber-toothed cats. In the works are bringing back long-dead keystone Australian predators: Tasmanian tiger-wolves and marsupial lions.

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

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01183SHPM

(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.

Old Bones May Be Key to Restoring an Extinct Animal

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

In a previous posting I noted that a cloning procedure might be used to restore the Tasmanian tiger-wolf from its pickled tail. A similar approach might be used in restoring much older fossils, some of which still contain long strings of DNA pieces, usually in bone marrow left undisturbed for tens of thousands of years.

The better the DNA obtained, the more exact might be the re-constructed genome map. Science is capable of reconnecting large segments of DNA to get one entire helix. That patched up molecule might then be inserted into a vacuated egg, which could then be implanted into a ready surrogate mother. I am simplifying, but it all may be a workable procedure, since portions of such activities are being done today. Such applications are on the cusp of true science, having themselves emerged from fictional science. All of that was once mere science fiction.

The iffiest part seems to be finding good bones from an animal desirable to bring back.

My Adam’s Pouched Lion presents a complete picture in the continuing survival tale. There, superhero Adam Boatwright wants to improve the restored ecology of Australia by bringing back extinct Marsupial Lions to prey on Red Kangaroos. My story raises lots of interesting issues.

Layout 1

In Book IV of Adam’s Chronicles Planet Earth is still recovering from a disastrous meteor impact. The centuries-long effort to restore animals and plants—and mankind itself—has been expanded to include bringing back certain mammals that went extinct much earlier.

Adam Boatwright worries about the future. The long-lived geneticist wants a world with a small human footprint. But he also wants to compensate for the earlier ruin people brought. His ambitious goal is improving the planet’s platform for future evolution. In doing so he has reversed extinctions, starting with woolly mammoths and saber-toothed cats. In the works are bringing back long-dead keystone Australian predators: Tasmanian tiger-wolves and marsupial lions.

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

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01183SHPM

(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.

From Pickled Tails to Living Fossils

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

The bodies of animals recently gone extinct are sometimes preserved by museum curators and even put on display. The last Tasmanian tiger-wolves lived in zoo at Hobart, Tasmania. Let’s suppose that the tails from those critters, a male and a female, were preserved in jars of formaldehyde. Could living creatures be brought back from those tails?

That is part of my story in Adam’s Pouched Lion, in which extinct Australian animals are brought to life and restored in the wild.

The story takes place in the near future, so I’ve taken lots of poetic license, extending my limited knowledge of genetics a bit into the realm of science fiction. It is all based on DNA being the key to life. Thus, a DNA map—which can be represented by a sequence of the letters representing the four component amino acids—completely defines any living thing’s genome.

The first step in recreating a animal from its pickled tail would be his or her genome map. My story stretches the point by presuming tissue preservatives did too good of a job, and the DNA within the tiger-wolf tails has been jumbled into molecular shreds. Those would have to be put back together—kind of like reassembling Humpty Dumpty.

Assuming that geneticists can put enough DNA in the right places, they would still have to get two living animals. That would be the hardest part.

Superhero Adam Boatwright must breathe life into the genome relics, knowing that the results could be monstrous if even a few letters were out of place. He is prepared to discard any living animal with obvious problems, like flippers for legs. But how would he get from a letter mapping to that?

At that stage, the project would become a cloning exercise. We know how to clone that for a living animal. The science-fiction part of Adam’s story is going from a DNA letter sequence—just an alphabetical listing—to an actual embryo. That is a leading edges of today’s evolving genetics state-of-the-art.

I will say no more, lest I spoil my own story.

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In Book IV of Adam’s Chronicles Planet Earth is still recovering from a disastrous meteor impact. The centuries-long effort to restore animals and plants—and mankind itself—has been expanded to include bringing back certain mammals that went extinct much earlier.

Adam Boatwright worries about the future. The long-lived geneticist wants a world with a small human footprint. But he also wants to compensate for the earlier ruin people brought. His ambitious goal is improving the planet’s platform for future evolution. In doing so he has reversed extinctions, starting with woolly mammoths and saber-toothed cats. In the works are bringing back long-dead keystone Australian predators: Tasmanian tiger-wolves and marsupial lions.

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

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01183SHPM

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

The Adam’s Chronicles Series

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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.

Restoring Life on Earth after a Bigger “Dinosaur-Killer”

 Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

It would take centuries for the most dedicated surviving people to bring back just a smidgeon of life from what existed before a calamitous meteor disaster. People might find themselves actively involved in evolution, needing to move beyond limited genetic manipulation. Thus, instead of merely replacing wheat with a new variety to double farm yields, they might re-engineer wheat after a super blight kills all varieties.

That is what our planet might face, should life be decimated by a huge meteor that darkens skies for years. Most profound would be the loss of species of plants and animals.

Imagine a modern “Noah” selecting which species to save in a deep cavern. His underground “ark” would have limited storage for seeds, eggs, and embryos, all kept safe from astronomical disaster.

Should this Noah save elephants or giraffes? Would bats be better new-world companions than squirrels? Would there be a place for lions? How about sharks? Should there be malaria-bearing mosquitoes?

Only God should answer such questions, but this Noah can’t talk to God. Indeed, he might wonder what kind of Supreme Being would destroy most life on Earth. Surely such an all-powerful deity by then would have lost credibility in life-or-death matters. The bewildered man might even withhold worship.

Would survivors condemn this Noah for doubting that God even existed?

Imagine surviving humans taking on a mission of saving everything possible. We could easily excuse them for not restoring man-eating sharks or black mambas.

A more profound question is: Should those restorers have any right to tinker with life? Would it be okay to eliminate genetic diseases? Would it okay for them to mold animals to fill particular ecological roles?

They would be directing future evolution. In doing so, wouldn’t mankind be taking over from God, a divine being that let Earth be destroyed? Wouldn’t that be okay?

This is what still faces long-lived superhero Adam Boatwright over five centuries since a piece of Comet Icarus slammed into the planet. His epic survival tale continues in my book, Adam’s Pouched Lion.

Layout 1

In Book IV of Adam’s Chronicles Planet Earth is still recovering from a disastrous meteor impact. The centuries-long effort to restore animals and plants—and mankind itself—has been expanded to include bringing back certain mammals that went extinct much earlier.

Adam Boatwright worries about the future. The long-lived geneticist wants a world with a small human footprint. But he also wants to compensate for the earlier ruin people brought. His ambitious goal is improving the planet’s platform for future evolution. In doing so he has reversed extinctions, starting with woolly mammoths and saber-toothed cats. In the works are bringing back long-dead keystone Australian predators: Tasmanian tiger-wolves and marsupial lions.

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

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01183SHPM

(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.