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A thriller about designer DNA, hackers, Russian mobsters,  government bio-warfare programs, creationists, disease cowboys, gypsy trucking, and love.
A thriller about designer DNA, hackers, Russian mobsters, government bio-warfare programs, creationists, disease cowboys, gypsy trucking, and love.
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I'm looking for your financial support so that I can finish writing my fourth novel, Creation Science, and publish it.
Creation Science, already about 1/4 written, is a technothriller about scary science-- like designer DNA, brain hacking & mind control, computer viruses and biological viruses. It's about the phony politics of the so-called war on terror, it's about fundamentalism and anti-science, about transhumanism and hypercapitalism and other modern delusions, and it's about decent people trying to save humanity from itself.
In it you'll find the stuff of all great thrillers: conspiracy, duplicity, double-crosses, dispensational Christian fascism, misunderstandings, confusions, car crashes, megalomaniacal villains (in and out of government), explosions, gunplay, Russian Mafias, neuroscience, coincidence, mysterious islands not far from Cape Cod, information theory, disease cowboys in Central Africa looking for the cause of Lassa Fever in the 1970's, Jane's Addiction, Mission of Burma, love, regret, remorse, nostalgia and sex. So Creation Science is a thriller. But it's not just a thriller. Like many writers of thrillers, I get the science right and I get the technology right. But unlike most writers of thrillers, I aspire to create literature.
This is what Andrew Leonard of Salon said about my book "Acts of the Apostles": "it's also a book infused with a sensibility that you don't normally expect a "hard science fiction" novel to have: real emotions, real heartbreak and a real sense of the craziness at the core of the human condition." And that's exactly what I'm going to try to put into Creation Science too.
I need money for two things: to pay my bills while I finish writing the thing, and to pay the printing costs of the book itself.
Because there are so many reviews of my books online (a good place to start is here ) & because the sources to the books themselves are online for free download, I think that with a little investigation you should be able to determine whether Creation Science is likely to be a book that would interest you. Or, you might check out my essays for Salon: How I Destroyed the New Economy tells how my taking part in the desecration of sacred ground on Martha's Vineyard caused the dot com bubble to burst. In Artificial Stupidity I wrote about a funny spat between pretentious academic "AI" pundits and half-crazy hobbyists who outsmarted (or out-stupided?) them. In How I Decoded the Human Genome I described how my attempt to become a gasbag moral philosopher of the William Bennett variety nearly drove me around the bend (part two is here).
I've set my goal at $5,000 because if I can't make at least that much, there's no point in going forward. But certainly I'm hoping to do a lot better than that. It will take me four months at least to finish the writing--longer if I have to do day labor to bring in money. So please, help me get as much together as I can. It's hard to sit down to thriller-writing after a day of driving a furniture van from Manhattan to Baltimore or from Bangor to Binghamton. I've done it, but I'd like to avoid doing it again.

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    HEY TANKS. You will get to say "Thank you for making your other three books available for free, but here's two bucks anyway!" and I will say, "Hey, thanks!" Plus, you'll get to read my blog posts here & monitor developments on the new book.

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    DIGIBOOK. You get a nice digital version of Creation Science (PDF) as soon as it's done. Plus access to the project blog, etc.

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    BOOK BOOK. A nifty printed & bound copy of Creation Science. (Shipping included in USA.) Plus DIGIBOOK. Please add $2 for personalized inscription.

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    ONE AND ONE. One of Acts of the Apostles, Cheap Complex Devices or The Pains shipped to you when this project has been funded, and Creation Science when it's done. (Shipping included in USA). I have lots of Pains, fewer of Acts and CCD. First come, first served. Please add $3 for personalized inscriptions in each book.

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    THE OUEVRE. One copy each of Acts of the Apostles, Cheap Complex Devices, and The Pains shipped to you when this project has been funded, and Creation Science when it's done (Shipping included in USA). Please add $5 for personalized inscriptions in all four books.

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    POSTER PACK. Four copies of Creation Science inscribed any way you like, plus a signed poster of the book cover art. Size of poster and artist TBD, but you'll like it, I promise.

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    PATRON. You get 1 Poster Pack, plus, I thank you profusely in the acknowledgments. Plus, if you like, you can see all early drafts and watch the book develop and offer suggestions.

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    COLLECTOR'S EDITION (Acts of the Apostles). You get 1 Patron Pack, plus, a souvenir pack of nifty stuff from my Acts of the Apostles archives, including my original notebooks, copies of correspondence with my agent, dozens of rejection letters from New York publishing houses, one-of-a-kind mockups, etc. After Creation Science has outsold Harry Potter, you'll be able to sell this on Ebay for a fortune.

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    COLLECTOR'S EDITION (Cheap Complex Devices). You get 1 Patron Pack, plus, a souvenir pack of nifty stuff from my CCD archives, including my original notebooks, one-of-a-kind mockups, etc. After Creation Science has outsold Harry Potter, you'll be able to sell this on Ebay for a fortune.

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    COLLECTOR'S EDITION (The Pains). You get 1 Patron Pack, plus, a souvenir pack of nifty stuff from my Pains archives, including my original notebooks, copies of correspondence with the illustrator Cheeseburger Brown, one-of-a-kind mockups, etc. After Creation Science has outsold Harry Potter, you'll be able to sell this on Ebay for a fortune.

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    COLLECTOR'S EDITION (Creation Science). You get 1 Patron Pack, plus, a souvenir pack of nifty stuff from my Creation Science archives, including my original notebooks, copies of correspondence with my editor, one-of-a-kind mockups, etc. After Creation Science has outsold Harry Potter, you'll be able to sell this on Ebay for a fortune.

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    MARTHA'S VINEYARD RETREAT. You and a friend can be my guest for a weekend next spring or summer at my house on Martha's Vineyard. Join me and my wife for three days and two nights at our tiny but friendly house in Vineyard Haven. You'll stay in our guest room; we'll provide breakfast, give you a guided tour of the island, lend you one of our cars for up to five hours, let you borrow our bikes, and you'll be the guest of honor at a dinner party for which Dear Wife Betty will prepare a meal of at least 5 courses.

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