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Frank P Ryan

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· The Mysterious World of the Human Genome

· The Sword of Feimhin

· The Tower of Bones

· The Snowmelt River

· The Mystery of Metamorphosis

· Virolution

· The Brain Food Diet

· Sweet Summer

· Between Clouds and the Sea

· Tiger Tiger


Short Stories
· A Bane Returns


Articles
· What is it that you think you are doing?

· The Song of the Fairy King

· A Glimpse of the Apocalypse

· Of Blues and books and Captain Beefheart

· I'm all a-twitter about romance

· A Painting Called “Sweet Summer”

· Ann Rice Review of Metamorphosis

· When Art and Literature Connect

· Stick to your guns

· Prometheus (Frankenstein) Revisited


News
· What lies at the core of you

· Major new non-fiction title

· Free Chapters of my Final Book

· Spectacular Film trailer for The Doomsday Genie

· Now out - The Sword of Feimhin

· Lovelock and Gaia Reappraised

· Excellent Review of The Snowmelt River

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Apocalyptic Thriller becomes Topical

10/1/2011 4:25:00 AM

by Frank P Ryan


My thriller, The Doomsday Genie, has been given an injection of topicality because the underlying science is becoming fact.

The Doomsday Genie centers around the emergence in America of what appears to be a deliberately manufactured Weapon of Mass Destruction of incredible ferocity.  It triggers the counter-reaction of all the Federal forces that would normally respond to such a threat.  Heroes - and heroines - emerge in what is a race against the odds.  But at the core of the novel is the possibility that somebody - possibly terrorists, possibly others - have created the first truly artificial life form.

Recently - and the research is ongoing - colleagues have been attempting to do just that - attempting to produce the first lab-created artificial life form.  Mostly they work with bacterial forms and genes, so that what emerges is a derived, and thus not really new, life form.  My contention is that to create a truly original life form you would have to start with something that more closely resembled a large DNA type of virus...

And now, suddenly, the real dangers of any such experiment become altogether obvious.  In the past, when scientists have experimented with viral forms, what emerged was rather like the plot of my book.

I confess that I enjoyed creating the "entitity" in Doomsday Genie.  It was great to return to the thriller format of earlier and very successful novels, such as Tiger Tiger and Goodbye Baby Blue.  I also enjoyed the liaison with that grat artist friend of mine, Mark Salwowski.  So the entity you see on the cover of the book is very close indeed to what I had in mind.  And I did fall back on scientific knowledge to create it. 

But, hey, don't worry!  It's only fiction...

 

 

 

 

 



More News by Frank P Ryan

· What lies at the core of you - 5/12/2015 3:14:00 PM
· Major new non-fiction title - 2/18/2015 8:14:00 AM
· Free Chapters of my Final Book - 12/2/2014 3:50:00 AM
· Spectacular Film trailer for The Doomsday Genie - 9/9/2014 2:36:00 AM
· Now out - The Sword of Feimhin - 8/21/2014 2:11:00 AM
· Lovelock and Gaia Reappraised - 4/5/2014 6:17:00 AM
· Excellent Review of The Snowmelt River - 2/7/2014 4:32:00 AM
· Machievellian cunning in The Snowmelt River - 12/29/2013 4:53:00 AM
· A Surreal Experiment - 12/5/2013 7:14:00 AM
· We Downtrodden Characters Demand Our Say - 12/1/2013 3:49:00 AM
· new twitter address - 8/16/2013 7:48:00 AM
· You really can write your own short story or novel - 8/4/2013 9:35:00 AM
· US edition of The Snowmelt River - 7/31/2013 2:08:00 AM
· Book Three in the Three Powers Series - 6/20/2013 2:20:00 AM
· That Champagne Feeling - 11/14/2012 5:02:00 AM
· helping teachers - 9/3/2012 12:24:00 AM
· Yosemite Park Virus - 9/2/2012 4:51:00 AM
· The Snowmelt River and The Tower of Bones - 3/27/2012 11:44:00 AM
· Fantasy in the World of Greedy Bankers - 11/27/2011 5:15:00 AM
· Strange Liaisons - 11/26/2011 4:18:00 AM
· Self Published Doomsday Genie enters top 100 - 11/20/2011 3:07:00 AM
· New e-book release - Between Clouds and the Sea - 10/1/2011 2:12:00 AM
· omega-3s sources in diet - 8/31/2011 8:10:00 AM
· The Kindle Question - 7/28/2011 2:13:00 AM
· Avatar Interview - 7/27/2011 11:47:00 PM
· Praise for Metamorphosis - 7/22/2011 1:00:00 PM
· New Review! The Mystery of Metamorphosis - 7/7/2011 6:07:00 AM
· Human Endogenous Retroviruses in MS - 5/23/2011 6:01:00 AM
· New Professional Review for Virolution! - 1/27/2011 1:53:00 PM
· Glenda A. Bixler Review of The Snowmelt River - 12/5/2010 7:30:00 AM

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