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.

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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.

Naming People in ADAM’S CHRONICLES

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

In my previous post I mentioned roots for naming Comet Icarus, key to stories in my Adam’s Chronicles series. Icarus was the mythical man who wanted to fly like a bird, and his namesake flying object meets the same fate.

My thinking for names for main story characters had a similar genesis. The superhero is a geneticist who would ultimately restore life to Earth after astronomical disaster. I passed on naming him “Noah,” whose Biblical connotations are too strong for my taste. Though my protagonist would also be saving animals and other life, he would be the last man from the pre-meteor world and would lead bringing life anew. Adam was very appropriate, and I felt comfortable with the Biblical connection. As a bonus, Adam is presently very a popular name.

But the Noah tie-in was too good to pass. My Adam would practically be the religious icon reincarnate, and my superhero would travel in rubber boats accomplishing an identical feat to Noah’s via a wooden ark.  I named my guy “Adam Boatwright.”

Adam’s wife would not be Eve—too much of a stretch. I chose “Vera” instead, with “a” replacing an “e” from “Eve,” the “v” upfront, and an added “r.” Vera means truth in Latin-derived languages, and my Vera would be a keen prognosticator. This heroine would become Adam’s alter ego. A powerful woman, she would be more than a typical wife, serving as the impulsive man’s rudder and sometime conscience-jogger. Vera would deftly apply Socratic Methods to help her partner reach sound decisions.

Though they preceded the story, my naming choices are well-thought-out monikers and proved quite helpful for fleshing out story details.

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.

Icarus: Inspired by Ray Bradbury

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

Icarus is the famous mythological figure who wanted to fly like a bird. The young man fabricated wings of wax and feathers and would try them out on a flight with his father. On their at-first successful test flight, Icarus soared in an updraft. But the ambitious man failed to heed his father’s advice and flew too high, where the hot sun melted the wax holding together the wings. Icarus fell to Earth.

I chose the name Icarus for the fictional comet that would eventually fall from Jupiter’s sky after flying too close to the Sun. In my book, Adam’s Caverns, the comet’s discoverers hope their name choice would not be prophetic. Unfortunately, it would prove doubly so, and a portion of the segmented comet separated from the rest, eventually to crash into Earth.

I first became familiar with the Icarus myth as a child. I recall comic-book images of the man and his father gliding with their fabricated wings. Years later, as an Air Force lieutenant working in the ballistic missile program, I encountered the Icarus name again. The great Ray Bradbury was speaking at our base to an assembly of officers, engineers, and scientists. He told of naming the protagonist for one of his stories. Bradbury chose Icarus for the man’s first name, followed by the honorific handles of aviation pioneers, balloonist Montgolfier and airplane-inventor Brothers Wright. Bradbury’s fictional character bore the handle “Icarus Montgolfier Wright.”

The name Icarus became firmly implanted in my memory. Decades later I would use Icarus as the name for that wayward comet that would mainly plow into Jupiter, leaving a wayward Everest-sized piece to be diverted toward our planet.

Adam’s Caverns is the first book in my Adam’s Chronicles series. There are presently four books included, 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.

A Workable Space Defense for Earth

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter @LarryLLapin

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

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

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

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

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

When all hope of saving the planet is lost, the rescuers hole up in a deep cavern to wait out the catastrophe. Their story deals with worthiness of the human race, family planning, reproductive politics, planned mutations, cloning, animal rights, immortality, sexual preferences, and what life to restore. They encounter betrayal, career crises, shattered dreams, sacrifice, and renewal.

The common thread of this book is science, discussed in ordinary language. Subjects include controlled evolution, intelligence enhancements, non-cryogenic embryo storage, expanded animal-human communications, and prolonged cessation of the aging process.

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

www.amazon.com/dp/B00G3OB63M

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

The Adam’s Chronicles Series

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

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

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

AdamForeverFinalCoverModifiedCorrected

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

What Others Say About This Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Intercepting an Astronomical Threat to Earth

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter @LarryLLapin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Layout 1

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

When all hope of saving the planet is lost, the rescuers hole up in a deep cavern to wait out the catastrophe. Their story deals with worthiness of the human race, family planning, reproductive politics, planned mutations, cloning, animal rights, immortality, sexual preferences, and what life to restore. They encounter betrayal, career crises, shattered dreams, sacrifice, and renewal.

The common thread of this book is science, discussed in ordinary language. Subjects include controlled evolution, intelligence enhancements, non-cryogenic embryo storage, expanded animal-human communications, and prolonged cessation of the aging process.

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

www.amazon.com/dp/B00G3OB63M

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

The Adam’s Chronicles Series

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

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

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

AdamForeverFinalCoverModifiedCorrected

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

What Others Say About This Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Challenges of Identifying Astronomical Threats

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter @LarryLLapin

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

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

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

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

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

Layout 1

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

When all hope of saving the planet is lost, the rescuers hole up in a deep cavern to wait out the catastrophe. Their story deals with worthiness of the human race, family planning, reproductive politics, planned mutations, cloning, animal rights, immortality, sexual preferences, and what life to restore. They encounter betrayal, career crises, shattered dreams, sacrifice, and renewal.

The common thread of this book is science, discussed in ordinary language. Subjects include controlled evolution, intelligence enhancements, non-cryogenic embryo storage, expanded animal-human communications, and prolonged cessation of the aging process.

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

www.amazon.com/dp/B00G3OB63M

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

The Adam’s Chronicles Series

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

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

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

AdamForeverFinalCoverModifiedCorrected

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

What Others Say About This Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stopping an Astronomical Threat to Earth

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter @LarryLLapin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Layout 1

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

When all hope of saving the planet is lost, the rescuers hole up in a deep cavern to wait out the catastrophe. Their story deals with worthiness of the human race, family planning, reproductive politics, planned mutations, cloning, animal rights, immortality, sexual preferences, and what life to restore. They encounter betrayal, career crises, shattered dreams, sacrifice, and renewal.

The common thread of this book is science, discussed in ordinary language. Subjects include controlled evolution, intelligence enhancements, non-cryogenic embryo storage, expanded animal-human communications, and prolonged cessation of the aging process.

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

www.amazon.com/dp/B00G3OB63M

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

The Adam’s Chronicles Series

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

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

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

AdamForeverFinalCoverModifiedCorrected

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

What Others Say About This Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter @LarryLLapin

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

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

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

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

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

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

When all hope of saving the planet is lost, the rescuers hole up in a deep cavern to wait out the catastrophe. Their story deals with worthiness of the human race, family planning, reproductive politics, planned mutations, cloning, animal rights, immortality, sexual preferences, and what life to restore. They encounter betrayal, career crises, shattered dreams, sacrifice, and renewal.

The common thread of this book is science, discussed in ordinary language. Subjects include controlled evolution, intelligence enhancements, non-cryogenic embryo storage, expanded animal-human communications, and prolonged cessation of the aging process.

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

www.amazon.com/dp/B00G3OB63M

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

The Adam’s Chronicles Series

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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.

Boundary Layer and Dinosaur Extinctions

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter @LarryLLapin

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

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

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

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

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

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

Layout 1

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

When all hope of saving the planet is lost, the rescuers hole up in a deep cavern to wait out the catastrophe. Their story deals with worthiness of the human race, family planning, reproductive politics, planned mutations, cloning, animal rights, immortality, sexual preferences, and what life to restore. They encounter betrayal, career crises, shattered dreams, sacrifice, and renewal.

The common thread of this book is science, discussed in ordinary language. Subjects include controlled evolution, intelligence enhancements, non-cryogenic embryo storage, expanded animal-human communications, and prolonged cessation of the aging process.

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

www.amazon.com/dp/B00G3OB63M

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

The Adam’s Chronicles Series

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

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

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

AdamForeverFinalCoverModifiedCorrected

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

What Others Say About This Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Short Story on Whale Evolution

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

Adam Boatwright is a geneticist and medical professor. The hero of my book, Adam… Forever, Adam daydreams his own short story of sea mammal evolution. It is all conjecture, almost fantasy, flashing through his mind while flying over the Aleutians in a small plane.

Everything started with a four-legged land carnivore that took long swims in the ancient sea, where fish were easier to catch than terrestrial prey. One pup was born with webbed feet, a random mutant genetic event. Not very mobile on the land, she performed better in water and outdid her siblings catching fish. Her own pups also had webbed feet. Over the span of several hundred years, the web-footedness gene spread throughout the original population and became more prevalent.

Adam spotted several isolated locations on lonely island shores that seemed ideal places for the next evolutionary stage. Over thousands of years, several more random genetic events created a race of better swimmers. Those aqua “wolves” resembled modern otters. Some migrated to new locations, losing all contact with the original web-footed group.

Adam’s mind wandered, letting the process continue through tens of thousands of years. One group did not change much, and adapted well to its environment. It separated from another group, which was changing to resemble modern seals as their pups became more streamlined and better suited for longer open-water living. A third group could survive without touching land. Some of their pups were born with nasal openings higher in their heads, becoming better breathers in rough seas. A further evolutionary milestone had been met.

Some of those animals bore offspring with extra surface body fat, giving them better protection in cold waters. Their fur was an impediment to fast swimming, and furless pups experienced slightly higher survivability than their hairy cousins. Over hundreds of thousands of years, the small, gradual changes accumulated, as the dominant furless group became more and more fishlike in form.

At that evolutionary milestone, Adam’s mental image had moved millions of years beyond that first web-footed “wolf.” The proto-whales had now spread around the globe. One family evolved with strainer plates in their mouths, allowing them to skim the ocean for food. They were primogenitors of modern baleen whales. Another group kept their teeth; their descendants evolved into today’s toothed whales and dolphins.

The above story was part of the early drafts of Adam… Forever. It was not included in the current published versions of the novel.

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Prequel to the Adam’s Chronicles series. The story tells how geneticist and surgeon, Adam Boatwright, uses his skills to prevent his wife’s impending cancer. Adam engineers a super virus that continually generates chemicals that fight off viruses and cancer.

As a test, Adam infects himself with that mutant virus. But the side effect is prevention of aging, and he becomes virtually immortal. Convinced that long lives would destroy the human race, Adam becomes caught in a web of intrigue and conspiracy as he tries to stop profiteers from exploiting his super virus.

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

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EUSMJDO

(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.