Book: 9.5B by Pencategories: Book, Escape, Population, Annihilation, Human Race, Alien, Prometheus, Rembrandt, Fantasy, Cloning, Assassin, Science Fiction
Penabout this book: What will the world be like in forty or fifty years?
That's what I was thinking about when I wrote "9.5B."
The world's population increases at an exponential rate. It is believed that by the year 2060 there will be over 9 billion people living on earth.
There are currently 7 billion inhabitants.
In "9.5B" the population stands at 14 billion.
Something has to be done.
Kyle Redford, President of the New World Government, does something.
He implements a plan, outlined by Professor Phillip Markowitz, to eliminate 9.5 billion people.
When Professor Markowitz learns of Kyle's plan, he also learns he must elude assassin Rembrandt hired by Kyle to kill him.
Markowitz joins a small group of people in the desert of what used to be the Southeastern United States. These people are constructing a ship that will take approximately 5,000 survivors to a new planet.
Until, that is, Rembrandt catches up to them.
When naming the characters for this novel, I chose two names in particular that appealed to me.
One of the heroines of the novel is named Stormy Rose Prometheus.
At the time, I couldn't find much in my research on the name. However, after a recent search on the name Prometheus, I discovered she was named appropriately.
Prometheus was the Greek Titan credited with giving life to man through means other than natural reproduction.
Dr. Stormy Rose Prometheus is a scientist in the novel who clones herself a daughter, thus creating life through means other than natural reproduction.
In naming the assassin Rembrandt, I liked the contradiction of doing so. The famous painter Rembrandt created beautiful works of art while the assassin Rembrandt destroys life. He considers killing a "work of art."
Rembrandt can't stand the human race, particularly Stormy Rose Prometheus.
But then, she did steal his DNA.
Which enabled her to live to be 124 years old.
There's a lot more to the story than just an escape plan.
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