Saturday, May 10, 2008

Sequence, by Lori Andrews

Last December, I saw an article in Science that badly attacked software patents, written by law professor Lori Andrews of Chicago-Kent. Her article was riddled with nonsense about math algorithms, making her anti-software patent conclusions just as nonsensical. She didn't ask
anyone knowledgable about such stuff for advice, and misinterpreted State Street. Sadly, the Science editors didn't retract her paper for the false science in it. The article is mostly fiction.

So it isn't surprising that she is a good fiction writer. I just finished reading a biotech fiction book she had published last year titled "Sequence". The book is set at the Armed Forces Institute of
Pathology, and involves government scientists using DNA analysis to track down killers, with the usual mix of love affairs, politically intrigue and biotech. It was a good read - I pretty much read in one reading. I am thinking that the main character, Alex Blake, a female biotech scientist, is Lori's alter ego :-) She has a new fiction work coming out, "The Silent Assassin". As long as it avoids software and mathematics, I suspect it will be good as well. But as a bit of advice to Lori, everything in her book is conventional. If you really understand the latest in genetics and ethics, you should be writing orders more intriguing books (my problem as will with Rifkin).

Such as a work coming out next year titled "Their Kisses Kill", a mix of biotech, religion, bioethics, government conspiracies, nuns and knights, and of course, the best setting for anything, the Bay Area.