I recently read the novel Wetwire by Craig Nova, a listing on the Chautauqua Book Club. It is one of the most unusual novels I have ever read.
In the year 2026, Hal Briggs, a biotechnical engineer, spends long hours encoding his findings into a form that will produce the human body. Buyers want these creatures to perform the dull, routine jobs that no one else wants to do. Briggs secretly adds characteristics which were not part of the original plan. He produces creatures who love music, who have mathematical finesse, who have multiple human feelings, and who can reproduce.
The humans he has created are named Kay and Jack. They speak to Briggs and develop a bond with him until one day, they decide to escape from the lab to the outside world. Briggs loses his job when this occurs, although no one suspects all of the aptitudes which Kay and Jack possess.
A major problem exists however; Kay has such an allure that men fall in love with her easily. One of her admirers, of course, is Briggs who thinks of her night and day and goes looking for her. Jack also attracts the opposite sex but not to the extent that Kay does.
Briggs also has a lamp on his night table in the shape of a female who speaks to him and relates to him any happenings of the day while he is away. Is this writing the work of a kook or what?
I haven’t heard that science has advanced to the point where humans can be created in a lab. However, our present day has witnessed test tube babies, in vitro fertilization, and cloning, none of which happens through the science which Briggs brings to his creation -spontaneous existence without the aid of egg and sperm. Who knows what the year 2026 will reveal?
Craig Nova is the author of nine other novels as well as an autobiography entitled Brook Trout and the Writing Life. His writing credentials are authentic; it is his imagination that creates awe.
I think the reader should take this novel with a grain of salt, as they say. It is not meant to present arguments to religion, to society, or to science. It is merely a novel meant to entertain, to startle perhaps, and to initiate curiosity. On the other hand, you may want to pass it up in favor of something more in touch with reality. If so, you will miss out on an experience like none you have ever had before.
Novel – Wetware, by Craig Nova