YA Sci Fi
Date Published: 6/4/2013
New novel The Borealis Genome addresses the issue of increased moral ambiguity as scientific technology advances and removes our sense of individuality. The married authors throw engaged characters Tim and Nora into a scientific nightmare where mind-uploading and a weaponized virus allow the minds of the few to control those of the masses. As the population starts turning into mental zombies can Tim and Nora find the source of this mayhem? And can their love persevere through these harrowing times?
Chance turned toward the officer, the girl’s blood dripping down her face and mixing with her own flowing from the ragged gash in her cheek giving her the appearance of a phantom. Screaming, arms extended and eyes wide, frantic with terror, she ran toward the officer, hoping to keep him from firing again, “No! No! No!” Chance screamed in horror and panic.
She could no longer see the officer.
“Stop!” the second officer screamed, lunging to grab Geoff before he could turn.
Geoff turned toward Chance, his eyes as wide as saucers. “Don’t! Stop!” he screamed.
Chance twisted, trying to see through the gore. Crawling, she moved. Keep moving, her panicked mind told her, toward the police.
Chance screamed, thinking the dead zombie must be on her, hearing the officer plead for the phantom to stop as it advanced upon his position.
Thomas & Nancy Wise
Thomas and Nancy come from very different backgrounds. Thomas was raised in a military family and lived through the separations of war and the challenges that a family faces when coming back together. Challenges such as injuries and the frailty of the body and shifts in the personality that war bring to a family can force everyone to redefine how they see the themselves and the world around them. Nancy was raised in a family challenged by severe injuries. Her father was paralyzed and could no longer work causing the family to reform around a new breadwinner when their mother had to take over.
We chose to write a book shaped around these realities and the challenges that new technologies will force societies all over the world to deal with very soon. Mind uploading, neural networks, and human gene manipulation combined with new medical discoveries may become a new reality that we must all understand and learn what it means to our lives. These are realities today that were only science fiction just a few years ago that will soon have a real and direct affect on our lives.
Tom earned his Ph.D. in Organization and Management in 2012 and has other books including “Trust in Virtual Teams,” and “Agile Readiness.”