The Intruder Bulletins is the book that started it all on the subject of human cloning, organ theft, pharmaceutical fascism, stem cell research, etc. This provocative volume covers every aspect of human culture touched by advanced technology.
In the 21st century, commerce and science have merged into a single entity capable of curtailing rights and destroying lives. Human cloning, genetic discrimination and other technological debaucheries dare to shut the door on the dream of democracy. "The Intruder Bulletins" are not predictions. It's all happening now!
Science in the New Frontier
Mark Antony Rossi, poet, playwright and futurist, investigates the segments of society that have been or will be infected with the fever of advanced technological extremism. The Intruder Bulletins rebukes a scientific community unable to cope with the ethical ramifications of its creations due to conflicts of interest stemming from patenting their work or owning stock in the commercial entities that finance their bizarre experimentation into human cloning, stem cell research, artificial wombs, male pregnancy, xenotransplantation, life-extensions, organ theft, and a host of other arcane instruments originally designed to serve a superficial society desiring to look better, feel younger, be smarter, run faster and reproduce at the drop of an overextended credit card.
Imagine a book of essays that covers, among many other subjects, the ever
increasing underground traffic in stolen transplant organs; or "identity cards"
ostensibly used for identifying illegal residents of the United States, but
which could also be used as tracking devices of the movements of legal citizens.
Or about the possibility of using virtual reality to train assassins in the
future, the connection between video games and the desensitization to war on
young people, and the lavish waste of tax dollars on secret government
organizations. Imagine that same book cautiously optimistic and trying for
reasonable, rational thought rather than exploitation.
The Intruder Bulletins is such a book. Rossi's views range from well
researched and objective, to quite passionate, as when he discusses the abuse of
poorly paid migrant farm workers.
Rossi's personal touch endows the essays with a sense of his honest concern
for our planet and its inhabitants; a concern rarely shared by the huge, greedy
conglomerates, which often come in for a much-deserved drubbing. These are
finely turned sentences, laden with meaning as well: "They are steady hands
disconnecting conscience from action." In discussing the chilling concept that
virtual reality war games make for an antiseptic and detached attitude toward
the bombing destruction of vast areas and thousands of lives, he writes: "Devoid
of the human contest, super machines transform men into killing drones
disconnected from the horror of personal confrontation."
Many of these essays contain interesting insights such as Rossi's observation
that espionage has shifted its focus from the theft of plans for weapons to the
theft of plans for technologies. He treats information as the new goal for which
unscrupulous men and corporations and governments will stop at nothing to
obtain, wryly stating in passing, "In the beginning the Serpent preyed upon our
doubts, now it may find our genius more inviting."
Rossi discusses (quite reasonably and fairly, considering the politically
sensitive aspects of the issue) the discovery of a "gay gene" as the cause for
homosexuality. He also discusses how such a discovery may not be a good thing at
all from the point of view of the gay community, which may have to deal with
parents who, having their unborn child identified as possessing the "gay gene"
will wish to seek abortions of such children, thereby all but decimating the
future gay and lesbian population of the country within decades.
Pointing out such dilemmas is not the only purpose of the book by any means,
because Rossi provides some ideas for solutions to the problems he observes.
Some of his opinions may shock readers, but the shocks are much needed, and
readers fond of opinions plainly spoken and heartfelt, will welcome