Posts Tagged ‘Environment’

After WWIII, the world was left consumed and countries scattered. Wild life found inhospitable lands to live in and remaining species couldn’t survived in the environment they used to. To take a common analogy to the world we’re currently living in, just imagine a polar bear with no ice floe to walk on (which is already pretty much the case…).

As there would be no use in cloning species that could not survive on a post-WWIII Earth, scientists tried to merge genes of disappearing animals into human DNA. As it was the only way to prevent  their genomes from total disappearance, in hope of finding another planet that, one day, could allow proper cloning of the animal DNA from animoid.

After years of experiences, failures, public outcries, the first animoid was born healthy, survived and lived almost like a real human. The year was 2031. Half-human, half-gorilla, this animoid – ironically named Kong – was no more than a lab rat and outlived only 32 years. Many more breeds from other species were created, refined up until the point the Homo Animalis became the intellectual equivalent of the Homo Sapiens and could live almost normally into society.

In 2099, the United Kingdoms Governement was the first one to recognize animoids as civilians and granted them – against public opinion – the same civil rights as any other humans. Many other countries did the same shortly after. By 2120, sustained by fertility programs, the animoids reached nearly 30% of the global population. An animoid benefits from the animal DNA by getting stronger senses or muscles. They can mate with pure human or other animoids, even from different species, and have babies either animoids or humans.

Until recently, only terrestrial mammals could be saved after their extinction. A breaktrought in 2173 allowed to create the first human/cetacean animoid. Scientifits are still looking for a way to merge insect DNA into humans…

Now, to know more about the novel Sol Sunburst, check out this page!

This could be a representation of an animoid. (Yes it’s Ajani from Magic The Gathering, but you get the idea)

This could be an animoid from early stages of researches when scientists struggled with DNA sequences, this shape does not happen anymore.

This is NOT an animoid!

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Sol Sunburst is a dystopian rock ‘n ‘ roll anticipation, a tragic romance and an ecological fable in the twilight of the human race.

The summary is available on this page.

The novel is a tribute to the Glam rock era (70’s) and is loosely based on David Bowie’s songs from 1969 to 1974 ( “Space Oddity”, “Moonage Daydream”, “Lady Stardust”, etc.) and his Ziggy Stardust avatar. Many allusions to his life have been so introduced in the text (his friend Iggy Pop, his wife Angela , his home in Beckenham and so on…) .

Like any Philip K. Dick’s novel, Sol Sunburst is primarily focused on how the reality can be perceived and on the notion of duality. The text encourages the reader to make his own idea of reality in the described reality : Who really are Sol Sunburst, Angela, Stooges or Major Tom? Sprinkled with references to drugs, this sub-theme and how they can alter reality (perception, elliptical blackout…) reinforce this main intention.

The second major theme is the ecology. Noting that the human race is a victim of its own growth and narcissistic development, the novel places the humankind in the medium term perspectives to be expected: chain extinctions of animal species and climatic changes but also genetic manipulations, totalitarian states, media manipulation… and the end of mankind.

If the universe depicted in Sol Sunburst is deliberately pessimistic, it has the same duality that we experience now: due to the choices to be made today, the humankind (represented by the protagonist ) is the unique hope of its own destruction. My novel has no will to denounce or moralize but to give pause to think by pushing our current environmental questions towards their darkest answers.