Lawrence L. Lapin
Once more, let us contemplate the aftermath of a massive meteor impact. Let’s suppose that just a handful survivors, evenly divided among genders, plan to continue the human race. Let’s make things really difficult by supposing that one of them is a boy of five and the only potential father of children, because the adult men all became sterile.
Could that boy keep the human race going? Such a thing might be possible, for a while at least, once the child reaches puberty. But by that time, most women would be too old for normal pregnancy. Nevertheless, it has proven possible for some of today’s post-menopausal women to become pregnant through hormone therapy and in-vitro procedures. There are examples of grandmothers carrying their daughters’ implanted babies to term.
But in our “mind experiment” there would still be a single father for all survivor children. What about inbreeding?
That would be inevitable, and we would expect serious hereditary problems. Lots of genetic tinkering would be necessary to maintain a healthy population. Keep in mind, all species went through such genetic “funnels” sometime in their evolution. All would ultimately face the prospect of extinction. Of ancient species, we only know about those that somehow managed to thrive long enough to leave evidence of their existence.
This is the situation that unfolds in my book, Adam’s Caverns.
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.
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The Adam’s Chronicles Series
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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What Others Say About This Series
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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.