Brenda Cooper

Archive for October, 2013

Backing into Eden Chapter 16: Transgenic Animals and the Future

This is part three of three.  Now that I’ve listed some of the ways humans use animals (traditional and GM) and talked  about ethics, I want to cover some reasons we may need GMO animals in the future.  I want to remind readers that the highest ground is almost certainly to use conservation and respect […]

Orycon Schedule!

Where it appears that I will be very moderate, as I am moderating far more often than actually opining…..:) Orycon is in Portland, Oregon, November 8-10 Reading (Probably from The Diamond Deep!) Sat Nov 9 10:00am-10:30am Grant Political Systems in SF Sat Nov 9 11:00am-12:00pm Hawthorne Why don’t writers get it right?  What to think about […]

Reading Recommendation – Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

I knew there would be reading time on a recent trip to France and Italy for my mother’s birthday, so I stopped at the bookstore on my way out of SEATAC. I decided to be a reader rather than an author, to grab fiction for entertainment instead of some new way to do research for […]

Reading Recommendation: Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts, by Emily Anthes

I finished Frankenstein’s Cat on a recent long airplane ride.  There’s tons of information on the internet, but this is the only book I’ve found so far that deals with the GM animals topic that I’m currently in the middle of a series of Backing into Eden posts about. While I knew about roughly three […]

Backing into Eden Chapter 15: GMO Ethics

In the last post, I simply listed both our traditional and our “new” ways of using animals.  Perhaps I was a little harsh, since humans have treated certain classes of animals like family.  We have even gone so far as to evolve essentially symbiotic relationships.  For example, I wouldn’t want our family dogs to have […]

The Diamond Deep is available today

I’m very pleased to announce that The Diamond Deep is out! The Diamond Deep is about how love and strength and creativity can shine in the face of great power, and about the way that real leaders protect their people.  It’s also about the speed of change.  The core “what if’ for this second story […]

Backing Into Eden Chapter 14: Human Use of Animals – Lists

This series is a discussion of how we take responsibility for the birds and the beasts and the fields and the oceans and whatever Genesis left out (for example, the Bible doesn’t mention the atmosphere).  It’s time for some discussion of the future of animals and how we’ll use them.  Yes, that’s blunt. Humans use […]