SCIENCE MEETS FICTION WITH ANDREW D. CARLSON
Who is Andrew D. Carlson?
Andrew D. Carlson is a scientist who writes fiction. Andrew received a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from St. Olaf College. He has worked in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry for over twenty years. He authored two published, peer-reviewed journal articles and holds several patents. Recently Andrew has begun his second career as an author of fiction for young adults and old adults (and adults in between). Andrew’s debut novel is Sue’s Fingerprint.
Let’s talk a little about the book.
A gel-like substance is suddenly discovered across the country. Ted Stevens, a Director in the Department of Homeland Security, is assigned to investigate. He enlists the help of scientists at a government laboratory to analyze the ‘goo’. They discover the substance was sent to Earth and has unique properties; it can clone animals. Ted soon learns the substance can also clone humans.
Sue is the first of eleven new people cloned from the alien substance. She and the others are contained by Ted on an abandoned military base. While there, the clones learn about themselves—their likes and dislikes, and learn about the world around them. They also receive a message. Sue decides she must deliver the message, and one morning they find she’s gone.
During the recovery of Sue, Ted learns of the clones’ message and begins to understand their true intentions. He needs to know more about the clones before he makes a life-changing decision, so he collects samples for DNA fingerprint testing. The fate of the new people will be determined by the results from Ted’s friends at the laboratory.
Here is what readers are saying about Sue’s Fingerprint
“20-year veteran scientist, Andrew Carlson makes his author debut with Sue’s Fingerprint, a young adult science fiction containing more warmth and charm than you’ll find in most novels in the genre. It’s difficult to believe that this is his first offering because the story flows with a grace that puts many mass-market veterans to shame. Clearly science plays a role in explaining the fiction but the creativity makes it a certain page-turner.” – Tom from The Kindle Book Review
“The writing was easy to get through, written in a style that flows and easy to understand what’s going on. This is an easy read for bedtimes and times when you just want to settle down with a good book.” – Nina at Death Books and Tea
“This type of story is my favorite type of Science Fiction; an event that produces extraordinary results which could prove disastrous. A team of scientists experimenting, speculating and debating the purpose of the event and the government trying to conceal and control it. In the case of Sue’s Fingerprint, the presence of the clones poses the obvious risk of panic. The unknown is an automatic enemy and the people closest to these clones are rightfully wary however, with time, they cannot see anything other than human behavior and emotion from them.” – Tammy from NovelOpinion