Reader Questions

From Twitter:
@tea_in_carolina  asks: Would you tag BOTANICAUST as #Biopunk?

Tam says:
I originally thought not, because there isn’t a subversive element in Botanicaust, but after further research, I see that Biopunk science fiction is “a subgenre of cyberpunk fiction that focuses on the near-future unintended consequences of the biotechnology revolution following the discovery of recombinant DNA.” [Wikipedia].

So, yes, I’d say Botanicaust does just that!

There is a whole movement called DIYbio advocating “open source” access to biotechnology. These biohackers (or wetware hackers), are the biological equivalent of computer hackers who create and modify computer software and hardware as a hobby. Instead of altering computer code, they alter the code of life – DNA.

The jury is still out about the dangers of open source biotechnology, but the book Biopunk: DIY Scientists Hack the Software of Life by Marcus Wohlsen discusses this new DIY movement. You can read an NPR article and excerpt from the book here.

Oh, and the Botanicaust prequel will fall even deeper into the biopunk genre because in it we will meet the people who caused the Botanicaust with their negligent DNA experiments.

Thanks for the great question!

 

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