Thursday, July 28, 2011
Transfection by David Gaughran
Molecular biologist Dr. Carl Peters is under pressure on two fronts: his research grants are disappearing and his marriage is falling apart. But when medical researchers discover that genetically modified animal feed has tainted the food chain, he finally gets the funding he always dreamed of.
Dr. Peters discovers the reason behind the cancer link with GM food, but it's so crazy, he barely believes it himself.
TRANSFECTION is a 5,500 word, 23-page technothriller, starring a molecular biologist who makes a discovery that shocks the world, only to find his life under threat. His story takes in militant vegans, corruption, homelessness, university politics, radiation, the celebrity-obsessed media, and a shadowy conspiracy.
TRANSFECTION is a brand-new story, exclusively available as an e-book.
I received a copy of this story through the Librarything giveaway program.
I love these kind of stories, that are almost science fiction without being completely. It was a really quick read, but fun. Do not be frightened by the premise, there are no complicated scientific terms to muddy up the waters.
It was a bit of a rollercoaster, as we follow a scientist from a discovery of huge proportions to being fired to being rehired. We start to question our beliefs as well as the characters’, which gives the reader the feeling of not being able to trust the narrator. For me, that always makes for a great story. There were even some comedic moments to lighten up the mood.
There are a few unanswered questions, which might for some readers not be wholly satisfying, but it is a well written, balanced and captivating short story.
Well worth buying, in my opinion.