Ever-Present Dangers of Human Over-Population

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

My book, Adam’s Tiger, begins 500 years after Earth has been hit by a massive meteor, ten times bigger than the dinosaur killer. Only twenty-five people survived. They are environmental remediators and life restorers who have also been procreating themselves, and now about a million humans inhabit the planet.

Superhero Adam Boatwright is worried. He recalls that as the Twentieth Century began, China had about as few people as the pre-meteor United States. He remembers just how fast world population had grown before the catastrophe and believes the restored human race could double every thirty or so years. He is convinced that within a few centuries Earth might again hold a population matching its pre-meteor level.

Adam reluctantly adopts a new goal: zero-population-growth. He knows how badly pre-meteor humans teemed over the planet, destroying habitats, poisoning the air, and heating the atmosphere. He remembers how that led to multiple tragedies, including rising seas, climate change, and massive extinctions. Species were vanishing much more rapidly than Earth had ever experienced.

But Adam wonders if he did too good a job in saving the human race. Keeping the human footprint small is now essential to the continuing mission to bring life back—even if restorations provide a meager approximation of what had been. Blessed with a very long life, Adam had been instrumental in creating a robust platform for future evolution, and he is comfortable to let Mother Nature continue that task. That would be impossible should human population ever again reach a critical mass.

Adam’s zero-population-growth program would not be easy. He realizes that, as with any successful species, limiting population requires outside forces. Nature had always created natural brakes on growth by creating competitors and by bringing forth predators. Adam has done a good job at limiting the most effective human predators—harmful viruses and bacteria. Now Adam does not have the luxury of time. And, he cannot wait for evolution to sort things out.

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Book III of Adam’s Chronicles moves 500 years into the future. Planet Earth is still recovering from a disastrous meteor impact. The centuries-long effort to bring back animals and plants—and mankind itself—is nearing its conclusion.

Humans make a small footprint in this renewed world, though ecological disaster is expected from explosive population growth. Changes are in the works, troubles are brewing, and Adam Boatwright worries about the future.

The long-lived geneticist vows to discourage mankind from again ruining the planet. He also takes on a new goal: to make life more robust while improving the platform for future evolution. In doing so, he would bring back animals driven to extinction by early humans, starting with woolly mammoths and saber-toothed cats.

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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.


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

What Others Say About This Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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