Last month, October, another Jock Boucher novel could claim another accomplishment, another Nobel Prize for Physics. That’s two for three, so far, of the last three Jock Boucher thrillers, all dealing with Nobel Prize subject matter, all written before candidates were announced, much less prizes awarded. The first of these, originally titled Waters of Oblivion, received a Recommended Review from Kirkus Reviews, and utilized as its subject matter in a most ‘thrillery’ manner, the use of high-intensity light frequencies to transmit information. This technology vastly improves security of data communications and will ultimately supersede the use of lower spectrum radio waves, which are insecure, subject to terrorist manipulation, and called the Achilles’ heel of the U.S. military. The thriller was written in 2013. It has taken the Nobel committee this long to catch up, I guess.
In 2017, the Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded to the scientists credited with the founding of LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, and the first measurement of a gravitational wave, striking earth from somewhere far in outer space. It is also the subject matter of Wave, the latest Jock Boucher thriller, this one a twist into the realm of science fiction, emphasis on the first of the two word genre description, also written before the award was announced.
A third recent novel Biohazard Level 4: New Orleans will likely be the next Jock Boucher thriller whose subject matter receives the Nobel Committee’s acclimation. It raises concerns, if not the hair on the back of one’s neck, about genetic mutation and the use of the CRISPR Cas-9 genome editor. Though not having been graced with a Nobel Prize for Chemistry yet, scientists around the world are predicting this as just a matter of time, and a biochemist at the Vilnius Institute of Biotechnology recently received participation in the Kavli Prize of One Million Dollars from the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters for his “seminal advances” with the technology, sharing the prize with the far better known scientists Jennifer Doudna of UC Berkeley, and Emmanuelle Charpentier of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, original developers of CRISPR Cas-9.
Hang on Jock. You and the Nobel Prize will soon be three for three. Now, if that’s not a cliffhanger…
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