Alan Dean Foster’s excellent biotech-influenced SF novel The Human Blend is coming to paperback later this month. With that in mind, I reached out to the author to ask his thoughts on writing science fiction in a world where technological innovation and imagination seem to be racing neck and neck. Here’s what he said:
It’s becoming harder and harder to stay ahead of the scientific curve. When I wrote The Human Blend I envisioned the bioengineering developments as taking 40-100 years to develop. Many, like those that create the characters of Whispr and Jiminy Cricket, do indeed lie well into the future. But others, like synthetic skin, artificial enhanced organs, and others, are coming on line far faster than anyone could have imaged. I like to think that The Human Blend (and its sequels, Body, Inc. and The Sum of Her Parts) still manage to go places science has not yet touched upon. But then, tomorrow forever seems to be full of anticipated surprises.
The Human Blend will be released in paperback on November 22.