Posted: Apr 16, 2018 4:31 pm
Thommo wrote:
TopCat wrote:
Thommo wrote:There is nothing we can do that wouldn't be the most horrendous genocide the world has ever seen and that's almost certainly a far worse option.

By far the best, IMO, of Dan Brown's novels is Inferno, which is about a mad scientist on a mission to release a genetically engineered, highly transmissible and infectious virus whose only effect is to reduce human fertility by a factor of about 2/3.

I've never actually read a Dan Brown, but that premise at least sounds more interesting than the others I've heard about.

The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers was published a year before Inferno. It deals with a near-future world in which a virus, MDS, has been released by unknown forces for unknown reasons, and which quickly becomes so widespread that it kills all pregnant women. The only 'cure' for MDS (Maternal Death Syndrome) is mandatory contraception - which of course is no cure at all. The book is a first person epistle charting the emotional and political development of an ordinary adolescent girl from Manchester on her journey towards womanhood, along the way addressing the social and economic conditions before MDS and its subsequent consequences, equality and gender, resource overuse, scientific ethics, the notion of the family and friendship, the status and value of children, and the failings of political systems which favour quick-fixes and resist change even in the face of an overwhelming, catastrophic shifts. In short, it's an anti-natalists wet dream of a book, but one that humanises that silly perspective before undermining it and showing it up for the morally bankrupt nightmare it truly is. It's a brilliant, but bleak book - a plaintive blues to lost innocence, opportunity and what-could-have-beens.

Amazon: ... skept01-21