What is the next evolutionary step for the human species? This is the question I had in mind when I created the character of Jayna in A Calculated Life. I came to write fiction after working in journalism for New Scientist, The Guardian, Geographical and BBC World Service. And I now blog for The Huffington Post.
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"Stunningly relevant re-imagining of 21st century Britain as a bioengineered corporate dystopia"
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"a great example of a rare thing – finely written, thoughtful, modern British sci-fi"
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And without giving too much away, here’s a synopsis of A Calculated Life:
Late in the twenty-first century, big business is booming and state institutions are thriving thanks to advances in genetic engineering, which have produced a compliant population free of addictions. Violent crime is a rarity.
Hyper-intelligent Jayna is a star performer at top predictive agency Mayhew McCline, where she forecasts economic and social trends. A brilliant mathematical modeler, she far outshines her co-workers, often correcting their work on the quiet. Her latest coup: finding a link between northeasterly winds and violent crime.
When a string of events contradicts her forecasts, Jayna suspects she needs more data and better intuition. She needs direct interactions with the rest of society. Bravely—and naively—she sets out to disrupt her strict routine and stumbles unwittingly into a world where her IQ is increasingly irrelevant…a place where human relationships and the complexity of life are difficult for her to decode. And as she experiments with taking risks, she crosses the line into corporate intrigue and disloyalty.
Can Jayna confront the question of what it means to live a “normal” life? Or has the possibility of a “normal” life already been eclipsed for everyone?