It’s Monday morning and I’m driving into work through some mild freezing rain. What does my mind turn to? Genetics and evolution. Naturally, right? Doesn’t everybody think about that kind of stuff while weaving in and out of the slow drivers? Yeah, I’m that guy…
So anyhow, I just finished my latest book, Vitalis: Chrysalis. I won’t go into great details about it other than to say it brings out some seriously scary critters that are sent to test the colonists on the planet. There’s a new girl in town, a young lady by the name of Jasmine. She’s got a terminal genetic condition that almost nobody survives past the age of 11. Jasmine’s 14 and her parents are desperate for a cure. So desperate they’ll send her to Vitalis.
That’s a teaser for the book but it’s a couple of weeks out still. I’m trying to figure out what to write next now, hence the thinking about stuff like genetics and evolution. It fits in well with the Vitalis theme and it also brought me back to a heated conversation that took place this weekend involving possible genetic damage.
Conspiracy theorists, wackos, and perfectly sane and sober people have made claims and done research on chemicals in our environment. Phytoestrogens, PCBs, solar radiation due to diminishing ozone, and the list goes on. There has been a shift in the ratio of male : female births worldwide over the last twenty or thirty years. Not practically significant, but it is a statistically significant number (I forget and I’m too lazy to try and find it right now, but I believe it was half a percent or less in the favor of more girls than boys being born).
The aforementioned people want to blame it on the way we’re surrounding ourselves with man-made pollutants of whatever flavor or type. That may be the case, but is it a bad thing for our species? What if more girls are being born than boys? It threatens our culture and society from a monogamous relationship based point of view, but does it threaten our species?
Look to many species of wildlife where there are more females than males. There are even pseudo conservation efforts in place to protect the males in some types of critters (e.g. white tail deer – there’s a limit on how many hunters can take but with the does the limit is much higher).
I’m not advocating any hunting changes nor any sort of violence against women. I’m saying that as we evolve and grow, perhaps men aren’t needed as much anymore? We’re large, loud, and given to primitive outbursts at times that can escalate into full fledged wars. Not to imply that women aren’t fully capable of the same thing, but femme fatales make the headlines a lot less often. So it makes me wonder, is nature slowly cutting back on the testosterone in our society?
With the increased metrosexuality and cultural impact of train wrecks like the Kardashians, Real Housewives, and Miley Cyrus how can we deny it? Incidentally, for a hilarious (and disturbing) alternative to Miley’s hit, “Wrecking Ball,” google Ron Jeremy Wrecking Ball. Arguably not safe for work. Or while eating.
Does that mean I’m hanging up my boxers for a pair of silk bikini panties? Hell no! I plan on celebrating my masculinity right up until the very end. Heck, speaking of traditionally manly things, I set a new personal record just this weekend by picking up 600 pounds. On a related note, I’m not allowed to even walk through the parking lot of a Planet Fitness “gym”.
But it does make me a little less concerned about the future of our species. It may not be a future present day me would like to live in, but at least it means my children and their will continue to adapt, evolve, and excel.
I released Vitalis – New Beginnings a couple of months ago to begin a new futuristic space-based science fiction series. And if that’s not enough buzzwords for you, it ends up including dinosaurs, pirates, and an undiscovered planet. The story is centered around a woman who has trouble recalling much of her past. She has skills and bits and pieces of her memories, but no good explanation for why she’s so good at what she does. In fact, she doesn’t think very much of herself in spite of her continuing successes. One thing happens after another and she ends up saving the lives of most of her crew on the transport ship she’s piloting. Unfortunately, she ship itself doesn’t fare so well. The good news – they’ve made it to the aforementioned undiscovered planet. That’s where the alien dinosaurs come in.
Now I’m happy to say book 2 in the series, Vitalis – The Colony, is getting ready to launch. I’m working with Willsin Rowe on cover art for it. And by “working with” I mean he’s doing virtually all of it with me giving a thumbs up or down. My experience with Australians is limited but if they’re all as laid back and decent as Willsin is, then I’ve got an entire continent worth of people I’d really like to get to know.
The Colony takes up a few months after New Beginnings left off. Those that survived are making a living as best they can on the hostile new world, but the problem is they’re stranded light years outside of human settled space lanes and they’ve got no means of communication. They did launch emergency distress signals towards the core worlds before they crashed – the question is, were those signals received and if so, how long must they wait until a rescue mission is mounted?
Not to worry – you can find out the answers to some of those questions as soon as The C0lony is released! Stay tuned to my blog, website, Facebook page, and tweets to find out more. The first book earned some great praise, including a review that called it Fantastic and a great introduction to science fiction.
To learn more about Jason Halstead, visit his website to learn about him, his books, sign up for his newsletter, or check out some free samples of his books at http://www.booksbyjason.com.