In our near future, when Earth is threatened with the existential crises of an impending death star, humanity attempts to migrate its ecosystems to a nearby solar system aboard an interstellar ark called Humanity. Moja, an ecogeneticist, genetically engineers the crew and the inhabitants of the Ark to survive the long voyage. Shida, a psychopathic entrepreneur, uses the mission as an opportunity to conduct illegal genetic experiments on behalf of the Nature Development Company outside the constraints of legal oversight for competitive advantage and new product lines.
The ecogenetic battle between Moja and Shida starts in the last remaining wild park of Africa, continues in the politics and economics of launch of Humanity, and plays out in the void of interstellar space. The unwitting pawns of the battle aboard the Ark are genetically engineered people called Kijani lead by Huru, genetically engineered elephants called Tembo led by Wingu, and hivemind robots called Guardians. They fight for their right to live and to become defined by more than the dreams and the aspirations of Moja and humanity, and the greed and ambition of Shida and the Nature Development company.
PROPERTY OF NATURE in an evolutionary tale that transcends time, space, biology, sentience, and morality.
PROPERTY OF NATURE is complete at 90,000 words. The manuscript is available at https://www.blurb.com/b/9896405-property-of-nature.
Ophelia Banks, a junior level tester, lies to her supervisor about the purpose of a personal check. The lie escalates from the check, to the creation of a fictitious online NGO, to the NGO’s presence in a fictitious country with a fictitious population, to the fictitious country’s integration with both Yotta.com, the world’s largest online corporation, and the Agency facility in Bluffdale, Utah. The fictitious country emerges from the political toil of Kazakhstan, falling ever deeper into the geopolitics and economy of the real world. The forces that fuel the illusion grows beyond Ophelia’s ability to control it.
The online country satisfies the addictive needs for attention, intimacy, social connection, curiosity, greed, power, information, and truth of the characters unknowingly caught in the web of deceit. The collapse of the fictitious country and the genocide of its fictitious people exposes the vulnerability of each character’s online addictions, resulting in very real and dire consequences for the characters and all of online society.
BLUFFDALE is complete at 92,000 words. The book is available at https://www.blurb.com/b/9896419-bluffdale.