Escape From Extinction, An Eco-Genetic Novel

Escape From Extinction, An Eco-Genetic Novel

by Frederic C. Rich


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As Escape from Extinction opens, the last Neanderthal dies in a cave on the Iberian Peninsula. 30,000 years later, the naturalist Muir O'Brien, hunting deep in the Oregon wilderness, spots a fern believed to be extinct since the end of the last ice age. His discovery leads to a life-changing encounter with the visionary and narcissistic Leo Bonelli, founder of the world's most successful biotech company. Despite misgivings, Muir and his daughter, Lilith, are drawn into Leo's world. When the truth about Leo's strange son, Ned, is revealed by a politically ambitious preacher, the world must grapple with the mystery of Neanderthal extinction and the true basis for human hegemony over the planet. Ned and Lilith, and all who love them, confront a tsunami of ignorance, fear, hatred, and violence.

Escape from Extinction is not science fiction. Scientists wielding new tools for editing DNA now have the power to change the blueprint for humanity, hack evolution, and even create entirely new forms of life. In Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park, the intersection of avarice and scientific hubris gave us man-eating velociraptors. Here, the "monster" is an empathetic and charming teenager, who many nevertheless believe presents the same threat to humanity as Crichton's dinosaurs.

Escape from Extinction features Rich's distinctive mix of graceful writing, deep intelligence, and narratives that engage his readers, both emotionally and intellectually, with topical issues.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781734665505
Publisher: Vector Books LLC
Publication date: 09/30/2020
Pages: 316
Sales rank: 520,640
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

FREDERIC C. RICH is the author of the dystopian political novel, Christian Nation (W. W. Norton, 2013), which predicted that a demagogic populist, serving theocratic ends, could be elected president in 2016. His second book was a nonfiction exploration of environmental politics and philosophy, Getting to Green, Saving Nature: A Bipartisan Solution (W. W. Norton, 2016). Rich had a first career as an environmental leader and international corporate lawyer. He lives in Manhattan and the Hudson Valley of New York. See .

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