A science book for children
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London, 2052. Genetic screening can predict such factors as personality, mental ability and future health at birth. It’s compulsory; bringing into effect forced terminations and social segregation.
Four people – all struggling to accept their genetic destiny – are thrown together in a bombing by an anti-screening activist. As their lives become ever more entangled, they begin to realise that their futures may not be as predetermined as they once imagined.
“Well, when you were born, the doctor did the tests they do on all babies. They took a little bit of blood out of your foot”—she paused to tickle Freya’s heel playfully through her pumps—“and looked at your genes. And they told me that you would be beautiful, and clever and kind.” She was crying now, crying without sobbing, the tears just slipping down her cheeks. “They said you could be a teacher or an artist, but they also told me that you had some funny genes.”
“Funny weird or funny ha-ha?”
“Ricochets between intimacy and suspense – a breathtaking story.”
“Such gorgeous imagery … It’s a world that doesn’t seem too far away and I’m sure many of the theme will resonate with readers.”
I studied Biology at Imperial College, during which time I realised I was mathematically-challenged and far too impatient to actually become a scientist. But writing my dissertation on the mysteries of intercellular protein trafficking was my most fulfilling of academic times. Sad but true.
I went on to study a Masters in Science Communication, after which I joined the Science Museum as a content developer. I worked there for four years before leaving to pursue a freelance career.
Science inspires and influences my non-fiction writing. My novel, The Generation, is based on the futuristic concept of compulsory genetic analysis for all.
My father is also a writer. I’m inclined to think it’s maybe in the genes. On the other hand, perhaps it’s because some of my earliest memories are of sitting on his lap and writing a story on his typewriter about our fantasy foreign world, Blinky’s Planet.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.