Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Five weird science stories in which nothing could possibly go wrong

At the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog Nicole Hill tagged five top stories in which "big science failed to see the flaws in its glorious inventions, until it was far, far too late," including:
Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton

Crichton’s best-known Sam Neill vehicle is the Grand Poobah of poorly thought-out scientific dabbling. Hopefully, we learned a few lessons from this dinosaur-fueled horror show: 1) If you’re going to begin tinkering with recreating an extinct species, start small with, like, a harmless dodo; 2) Hodgepodge genetic engineering is ill-advised; and 3) Guesstimating with DNA is especially foolhardy when you are dealing with raptors—in the kitchen, Phil.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Jurassic Park is among Kat Rosenfield's ten worst traitors in fiction, Chuck Wendig's five books that prove mankind shouldn’t play with technology, Jeff Somers's top seven books that explore what might happen when technology betrays us, Damian Dibben's top ten time travel books, and Becky Ferreira's eleven best books about dinosaurs.

--Marshal Zeringue