Some months ago, I began making notes for a new novel, a science fiction story about a scientist who predicts the end of humankind. In the novel, the scientist publishes a paper outlining characteristics of homo sapiens he feels will lead to its own extinction. Here are the contents of those notes:
And then because this was intended as science fiction …
6. Are unable to tolerate naturally occurring or artificial radiation variance.
7. Have no mechanism for natural selection to overcome these disadvantages.
Like so many story ideas I’ve entertained, this one remains to be written.
All my life I have had to learn to do things differently. To see the world differently.