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What novels fit the sub genre - "biotech thrillers"?
« on: October 09, 2015, 02:46 PM »
Let’s first look at a quick definition for a thriller novel. Thrillers are action filled stories where the plot usually involves an antagonist who presents obstacles that the protagonist must overcome. Depending on what subject mater these novels cover determines the sub genre they fit into. However, sometimes these stories end up covering more than one topic and might not fit conveniently into one of the recognized sub genres. That’s what happens with what I refer to as biotech thrillers.
Biotech thrillers are crossover novels for medical thrillers and technological thrillers. Medical thrillers deal with some aspect of medicine. Sometimes they deal with a mysterious disease. Now as for technological thrillers (technothrillers), cutting-edge technology is central to the plot. Well if one uses medical technology to deal with or even be the cause of an epidemic disease in a story, this would be what I would refer to as a biotech tale. Now to make these novels into thrillers, add bioterrorists.
Now, can anyone think of novels that fit into the sub genre of biotech thrillers?     
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Re: What novels fit the sub genre - "biotech thrillers"?
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2016, 02:58 AM »
Hey bioman, this novel might fit the bill: Afterparty by Darryl Gregory.

It's set in a futuristic world where drugs can be printed. Any drug, you name it, they can print it. It involves a scientist and a pill she and a group of friends created, highly successful, but dangerously results in hallucinations (some disagree) of godly figures and feelings of transcendence. It's also highly addictive. They scrapped the project, but mysteriously it has turned up on the streets again. The antagonist is one of the members of the original research group, but no one knows which member.

It deals with medicine, involves a scientist as a protagonist, involves a mysterious antagonist who foils the protagonist at every turn, and involves futuristic medical tech that is the catalyst and central to the whole story. What do you think? Is it a Biotech thriller?

I love the book and would recommend it.
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