The Nanny-State (As it pertains to my novel, Memory Leak)

My science fiction thriller Memory Leak portrays a strong resistance to the idea of a Nanny-State (or a society in which the government has control over a lot of your life). From arranged marriages for selective breeding purposes to control of all artwork and music, Memory Leak shows what can happen when a government runs amok. I don’t want to give away took much in this blog post, but I’d like to spur some thought and debate on this subject. So, I’ve made a list of a few questions related to the above topic and I thought we could discuss them in the comments.

1) Should the government have any control or say in the institute of marriage?

2) Should the government have any recourse for artwork that portrays them negatively?

3) Should the government have a hand in genetics (be it genetic engineering or genetic research) or should those industries be private?

4) Should the government have a say in what car we drive, if any?

I hope you have fun answering some or all of these questions! If you’re really interested, I hope you check out my book, Memory Leak!

Memory Leak on Nook
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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 bn.com or amazon.com