The Ethics of Genetic Engineering

My recently published science fiction thriller, Memory Leak, has to do with genetically engineering the populace to look symmetrical from birth. As they age, they receive treatments to fix any problems arising from mutation, etc. I wanted to see where everyone stands on manipulating the genetic code to reap certain results.

Below is a list of possible directions genetic engineering may take in the future. If you’d like, respond to one or more with your view of the morality of the question.

1. Is it morally acceptable to screen out genetic defects or diseases?

2. Is it morally acceptable to choose the physical characteristics of your baby (i.e. designer babies).

3. Is it morally acceptable to create an exact genetic copy of the ‘father’ or ‘mother.’

4. Would the creation of designer babies create a subclass of human, and if so, would designer babies be looked down upon, or heralded as superior beings?

These are just some of the questions that are brought up in my book, Memory Leak. I hope you enjoy responding and take a look at my book at or

Memory Leak: A Science Fiction Thriller

Memory Leak: A Science Fiction Thriller

My first novel is a science fiction thriller called Memory Leak. It was just released about a month ago by Salvo Press. Here’s a synopsis:

Every night, Jonathan Hart dreams of a cracked wasteland in the setting sun. By morning the image retreats to his subconscious mind. Again, he finds himself in a city of symmetrical people, where he is anonymous in his perfection. A voice in his head tells him there is more to life than following the will of his supreme leader, Liam Mail, and that there is more to his own life than he can remember. That there are things he can’t remember about the city of symmetricals that could tear down the fabric of his world. Now, Jonathan must fight against the forces that suppress his memories before his mind is damaged beyond repair. Can Jonathan expose the twisted truth about the symmetrical elite, and in doing so restore society to its flawed asymmetrical origins? Or will his efforts explode and create a MEMORY LEAK?

I was inspired to write this novel because of my interest in authors like Philip K. Dick and Kurt Vonnegut. The general premise is rather Dickian, while the voice and main character could have come form a Vonnegutian romp. It is rich with themes of morality, reality, and the science of choice. I recommend you give it a try. If you like what you read, tell a friend. If you review sci fi books on your blog, shoot me a message and I’ll let you have a review copy.

Memory Leak on Kindle

Here’s an example of a blogger who reviewed Memory Leak (in case anyone wants to follow suit): Ric’s Reviews

Buy it, Review it, Do whatever it is you do with it.