|AS IF MY 1998 STORY, ROT YER WORLD, NEEDED MORE SCIENTIFIC VALIDATION...
You may want to say THEM, upon reading the latest news about lab created giant ants, I wouldn't blame you.
I would only remind you that the giant ants in THEM were created by a preposterous fluke of radiation that wouldn't work for a number of reasons that Kelly Parks made clear in his !!!SCIENCE MOMENT!!!.
However, these giant ants that were grown in the lab through a fiddling with ant DNA would work.
Unlike random radiation or a "Toxic Spill" (EMPIRE OF THE ANTS) randomly flipping or removing thousands or millions of switches in a million different ways for a billion different ants, this growth was surgically precise. An ant species unnaturally made twice its own size in the lab
wouldn't suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous growth because nobody took an ant and used an embiggen ray on it. These giant ants were conceived and born to be giants. Everything that would stand in the way of them not being twice their size was taken into account and custom-tailored in or out (depending).
Researchers nearly double the size of worker ants
So where's my tie-in?
I began writing a tale of genetically engineered insects (not radiation. Not a toxic spill. Not nanobots. GMO? Yeah, GMO) in ROT YER WORLD back in 1996. I was serious about the science so I studied, edited, studied, added, studied, and groomed it until the varmints were scientifically viable - though non-existent. It didn't matter if my reader was a scientist who could confirm the possibility of my story (though that never hurts). It mattered to me that my story felt like it could happen.
It was published in 1998 at the now moribund Horrorfind.com short story section. RYW was republished in 2012 in my eBook collection of previously published tales, PERPETUAL BULLET, and then saw print for the first time in 2014.
Nearly 20 years later, my stories are coming true! Muh! Ha! Ha! Ha! etc.
"Rot Yer World" ...is richly atmospheric and creates a lot of tension... my favorite story in the collection."
- Nicholas Alan Tillemans, author of HARD BALL
"...if you relish stories that give you a shiver up your spine Perpetual Bullet is right up your alley."
- R.K. Finnell, author of THE PLAGUE SON
"Hey wait a minute!" you may say in outraged indignation, "This article is really about nothing more than you pimping your book!"
To which I'd remind you, What part of my website is not dedicated to pimping someone's work in books, comics, movies, or music? That's all I do here.
You got a problem with me occasionally mentioning my own work on my own website too?
Well? Do ya, Punk?
Ha! Ha! No I kid! You're okay!