How science progressed! About two centuries ago, a mere telephone call was almost something marked ‘impossible’. Yet here, in the twenty first century, we are wasting our telephone bill by calling our friends every five minutes. Better yet, there’s Whatssup! Chatting online for free. Who knows what could be in store for all of us in the future? Time Machines are basically what everybody thinks. But what about the glass aeroplanes that are said to be planned to arrive in 2020? Or the trip to Mars that everyone is talking about? It may not come true in a few years, but the chances of it happening isn’t slim. Anything’s possible.
The Brave New World is written in 1931, exactly the time where great inventions started to develop and new models came up. But the imagination in this book is priceless. This story is very utopian, but could possibly the future point of view from the author. This is a world where humans are no longer oviparous. Babies are born through test tubes. Not only that, but human babies were raised artificially with all the newest technology one could think of.
Modern science had advanced so far, until scientists had created a hybrid between a human and a bird, only, they are doing it illegally. In this story, Max (an eleven year old girl with wings), and her brother Matthew, escapes the ‘school’ – a nickname for the place they stay, which is, a sort of a secret laboratory in the mountains. Some genetic researchers who work there create a small group of children with wings. Max and Matthew are one of the hybrids, and since they are half bird, they are able to fly when one day, they run away. Thanks to “the hunters” – those who work in the lab – chase them with guns, the two siblings get separated.
That’s where the thrill begins…
When The Wind Blows by James Patterson grabbed me in the first chapter. It is a touching story about a group of children who are mistreated and misused for the benefit of another group of people. This group is using the children as test subjects by mutating cells of different animals and using host women to give birth to the children. These children are born mutated; some have wings, some have no faces, and some do not even survive. The ones that die, or are later “put to sleep” are stuffed away.
Is any of the characters real? No. Not at all. But Micheal Chricton has put it to the extent that Amy, ERTS (Earth Resource Technology Services), Karen Ross, and everyone else are realistic. He has the story written in such an extent that you’re going to shiver, and stare at the door, imagining Amy, to come banging into it in a minute. This novel kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time I read. Michael Crichton does a good job displaying realism in this realistic science fiction novel.
Wait a moment, by the way, who is Amy? Amy is a female gorilla, who learns human sign language, and is the most smartest ape ever recorded. When she starts having nightmares, she’s trying to explain it to Peter Elliot using her sign language. Peter is confused and gives her a paper, thinking that maybe she would draw him what she thinks.
Amy’s drawing makes everyone suprised. It is the map of the legendary city of Zinj. At the same time, Karen Ross from ERTS is planning a trip to go there to search the valuble Type 2b Diamond. The team sent before is brutally killed by a peculiar grey gorilla. (Gorillas are black including the silverback gorillas, which have a silver patch of hair on the back which come with maturity). Amy and everyone travels into the Congo to find out about the type 2B diamond, the lost city of Zinj and the grey gorillas.
Charlie Gordon is slow on everything, and has the astonishing IQ of 68, when the average IQ of a human is above 100 (let’s say 90 is also considered normal). Although he can (only) clean floors and toilets, Charlie does not let his IQ slow him down. He enters the Beekmen Collage Center for Retarded Adults, and is described as ‘the student most eager to learn’ by Alice Kinnian, the teacher teaching Charlie and his other classmates. Then Charlie is chosen to be part of an experiment on his eagerness to be smart, that is tested on animals with success, for example, a white mice named Algernon.
The version of the book that I read is a novel, and rather than a short story. It’s important to note that Flowers for Algernon was originally conceived and published as a short story, and was later expanded into a novel. The novel is narrated by Charlie’s progress reports, which was before the operation, and after the operation (when his IQ goes up really high). Charlie is deeply retarded man, who can barely be considered literate. His writing is full of bad grammar and spelling mistakes, but after he goes through experimental brain surgery, he changes his intelligence to a genius. It’s beautifully conveyed by his improved spelling, grammar, sentence constructions, and the way he relates to his surrondings.