Next: by Michael Crichton
- I struggled to get started with it at first but once I got going I
couldn't put it down. I read it all of one day over the Xmas
holidays, putting myself in a head spinning spell.
The Good Doctor obviously wrote this book with an awareness of its
chances of being filmed and filled it with outrageous coincidences
and plot holes--
But it does not matter.
I liked this book better than any other he has written--it took the
subjects of Jurassic Park and the Lost World (genetic engineering)
and took them from a Monster on the Loose story to the level of great
satires such as Catch 22, Dr. Strangelove, Brave New World, Network,
Though farfetched some of these things could be happening right now,
and some of them really are.
Characters you will meet: a talking organgutan, a genius, parrot, a
hybrid of a human and a chimpanzee, tissue thieves and grave robbers,
gene stealing ventgure capitalists, Image and publicity
crazed "scientists", organ bounty hunters.
In the fiction is truth about what science is becoming in the 21st
Century, some sort of Frankenstein meets What Makes Sammy Run where
the latest theories are decided and announced in the tabloids
At the end he makes several proposals which you consider seriously
Stop patenting genes
Establish clear guidelines for the use of human tissues
Pass laws to ensure that data about gene testing is made public
Avoid bans on research
Rescind the Bay-Dole Act
This is a must read--what all great science fiction has done--made
you think about the real and actual world and how scientific
developments affect our future