The Wasting

| September 20, 2019

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With his science podcast ratings in the dumpster, Peter Scott just received a gift from heaven – Earth’s imminent destruction by alien marauders.

4 books (1st 3 in series + bonus ‘Infinity Curve’), 500+ power-packed, thought-provoking pages of our dystopian world in two decades!

“When technology prowess outruns social progress, humanity loses the race.”

It’s Boston 2037, and DNA is just another programming language. Tensions between humans and hybrids are rising. An obelisk from space warns of invasion. Havoc erupts in the streets.

Peter, along with Ears, his researcher, and Molli, his sound engineer and kung fu expert, are podcasting from Cambridge, a world center for AI, nanotech, and human genome editing. To improve ratings, they decide to go edgy, interviewing experts who propose radical defenses to the anticipated alien invasion.

CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing is now fully democratized. A school kid can do it, and black market tech serves any need or desire. This new tech creates widespread medical benefits to humanity, including age engineering and human-machine interfaces for direct brain-to-computer processing.

At the same time, humans are quickly diverging. Transhuman / posthuman hybrids or ‘varints’ are increasing in numbers. Some sport new appendages, sense organs, or animal traits, while others have integrated interfaces to AI clouds or use extensive human robotics.

These rapid changes leave many non-hybrids fearful and concerned – and the threat of an alien attack whips everyone further into a frenzy. Competing human and hybrid voices are jockeying to push their own solutions, and nobody wants to play nice in the new dystopian sandbox.

A volatile cocktail of anger and fear erupts in a divergent world gone mad from an expected alien apocalypse – and as the crew completes each interview, their podcasts seem to be adding to the hysteria. Sure, their notoriety is growing, but somebody wants to stop them from doing the next podcast, even if it means death.

If you enjoy envisioning the social and scientific impact of gene engineering, anti-aging, and artificial intelligence, then you’ll love this apocalyptic serial.

5 Stars***** Imminent Future, or Imminent Extinction? A fascinating leap into the imminent future…when Genetic Engineering and Genetic Modification have advanced astronomically (Goodreads Review/The Wasting).

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