Monday, July 15, 2013

The Deaths of a Space Station & a Newpaper Ignited Crusade Against Germ Warfare

Ann Massey explains how she came to write a sci-fi thriller about a germ warfare laboratory on the International Space Station, and why she continues to oppose the use of biological and chemical weapons. 

Link for those who read conspiracy thrillers



 "I have always wanted to write but it wasn't until the newspaper where I worked went into receivership that I started my first novel. Uncertain what I wanted to do with the rest of my life--I'd loved working in the media & was a shameless workaholic--I applied for a job as a governess on a sheep and cattle station in the Australian outback. The station's proximity to the Carnarvon tracking station-- built in 1963 by NASA for its Gemini program-- jogged my memory about an event that made worldwide headlines. In 1977 Sky Lab, the first US space station fell back to Earth. It's fiery debris was distributed over the West Australian desert. What a gift! That night I began writing THE BIOCIDE CONSPIRACY
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A science fiction adventure set on a remote sheep station on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert, it begins with the US president phoning the Australian prime minister with the news that the International Space Station was about to crash into the heart of the country-- on board an experimental bacterium--stored in a thermally controlled Dewar. There's no hope the bio-warfare agent will be destroyed on re-entry.
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You may wonder why scientists were  conducting research into germ warfare on board the International Space Station. The truth is that despite the international treaty that outlaws such research many countries have ignored the pact. Even so, experimentation is invariably conducted in secret restricted locations, the more remote the better. To the ISS partners, the space station fitted the bill.
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I'd never really thought about the ethics of warfare before I began research for my sci-fi adventure. I was horrified by what I learnt. I  started this blog to post articles on the subject."

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