For some reasons, scientists scare people. It’s a cultural trope: mad scientists, evil geniuses, supervillains in high-tech bunkers underground. And then we have people like Dr. Kevin Warwick of the University of Reading in England who calls himself a cyborg and says things about “cyborg ethics” like:
“There’s no point thinking that we’ll [transhumanists will] do a deal with the humans and be nice to them. This is a leap in intellectual performance so why should augmented humans listen to what humans have to say? Potentially this will split society.”
Not only does he look really creepy in this picture (left), but he kind of is a legit cyborg. For the record, I’m totally on your side, Dr. Warwick– transhumanists ftw! So… please don’t hurt me.
The hilarious Flight of the Conchords have a song that pretty much sums up the popular conception of what might happen when science goes too far. See “The Humans Are Dead.”
But this is getting off-topic.
“Panacea,” story #4 of the Miscorrection series, is not about robotic beings ruling the world, or shutting our motherboardf*cking systems down. There isn’t even Mad Science in the conventional sense (oh, except for that crazy doctor shut up in prison for, you know, dangerous research and other assorted bad stuff). What’s so refreshing about Panacea is that the scientists are good! The title itself, after all, refers to a cure-all, not world destruction.
What a relief. I was getting tired of cliches.
Doc Atrasti is a man on a mission. Determined to turn the aforementioned crazy scientist’s research to good use, he enlists a favorite character from past installments (Daniel!) on a guys’ hiking trip–and by “guys’ hiking trip,” I mean a top-secret mission in the alien mountains of the planet Cormos. At last, all those bio majors have decent role models to look up to.
I can’t give away the ending, but I can tell you that Miscorrection: Panacea will be out soon (May 2nd), with the opportunity to read it for free on the first day of the release. See the author B.C. Young’s blog The Time Capsule for more details: http://the-time-capsule.com/2011/04/19/miscorrection-panacea-release-date-is/
This has been the 200th post of the Scattering, and no series deserves that honor (er… let’s just say it’s an honor) better. Which is why I am officially awarding B.C. Young with the Scattering’s Linus and Cromwell Award for Science Fictional Excellence. This prize is this terrible picture of my two most favorite misunderstood individuals in fiction and history.
Congratulations! I hope this win does not negatively impact your sales, but I make no promises.