“Sid loved his daughter more than any other child of man, but he knew better than to give voice to his heart. Favoritism was no longer practiced in his society. For centuries, his people held the belief that variation was the root cause of all evil. Viruses mutated and caused health problems in humans. Birth defects were variations in body and mind that posed problems. Variation in personal wealth was believed to be a cause of envy and strife…. Sid had come to realize that his fondness for his daughter posed a problem. It could introduce variation into his society. He wrestled within himself…. Sid concluded that he would have to confess to the machines before his mind was totally impaired, and allow the system to either correct his condition or eliminate him. Sis didn’t deserve to be infected by him, and the society didn’t deserve this risk. ”
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Sins of Variance takes place 500 years into the future in Gloucestershire County, United Kingdom (near Wales). Mankind has changed through genetic engineering, almost to the point of being unrecognizable from what we know today. Advanced genetics has brought about a complete “optimal” set of genomes preferred by the society. Though variation has been bred out of most humans, there are rare individuals with unique inner characteristics who have been deemed unacceptable by the society. They struggle because of these personal differences, and some find their world is not really what they have been led to believe.
I’ve experienced life both in poor crime-ridden neighborhoods and in comfortable middle income conditions. Though we attempt to channel human nature through culture, education, and advanced medicine, it is what it is. We wish for science to tame the worst of our nature, and future knowledge may enable us to significantly alter mankind. We should be careful to thoroughly understand the side effects of what we put in motion. A visit to England, combined with personal experience in the high tech world, inspired me to write this fictional novel.