Today's FridayFix™ is just a little bit of "are you kidding me? I love living in the future!" that is perfectly timed to kick-off the 30-day countdown for the release of ANCESTOR in hardcover, one month from tomorrow.
The ANCESTOR is "a computer-engineered living creature, an animal whose organs can be implanted in any person, with no chance of transplant rejection." Back in 2005 when Scott began writing ANCESTOR, J. Craig Venter's artificial virus -- an actual living organism created from scratch -- was part of the inspiration.
So imagine the excitement around the Lair of Døøm™ yesterday when Venter held a press conference to announce the first self-replicating synthetic bacterial cell! Does this shit right here sound familiar? "A cell starting with the digital code in the computer, building the chromosome from four bottles of chemicals. This is the first self-replicating species we've had on the planet who's parent is a computer."
So, this isn't exactly Genada creating the Ancestor, but it is exactly the first step they take to get to the cuddly Baby McButter.
Life imitating art or art imitating life? Or, reality imitating Siglerism, as it should be.