Entry updated 26 October 2021. Tagged: Author.
(1968- ) US entrepreneur and author whose Rich Azadian series beginning with Genesis Code (2014) features a Near Future rightwing conspiracy to manipulate the American Political scene of 2023 and ensure the election of a demagogue to the presidency. Star reporter Rich Azadian, and his cadre of tech-smart collaborators, are drawn into this conspiracy through the unsolved mass murders of pregnant young women, and an accompanying Genetic Engineering scandal. Eternal Sonata (2016), set a few years later, dramatizes a search for genetically induced Immortality. Azadian must again combat corporate manoeuvres designed to gain control of the human race.
Metzl's most influential work of nonfiction, Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity (2020), argues that the genome will itself inevitably – given the success of Homo sapiens in its manipulation of the world to date – become a venue for continued, inexorable exploitation (see Eugenics; Medicine) of the species. The Prediction that through control of our genes we will soon be potential fungibles in a managed future is presented here with some insouciance. [JC]
Jamie Frederic Metzl
born Kansas City, Missouri: 1 July 1968
- Genesis Code (New York: Skyhorse/Arcade Publishing, 2014) [Rich Azadian: hb/]
- Eternal Sonata (New York: Skyhorse/Arcade Publishing, 2016) [Rich Azadian: hb/]
- Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity (Napierville, Illinois: Sourcebooks, 2020) [nonfiction: Genetic Engineering: pb/]
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