Nae-Née posits a world not unlike our own, as it confronts the major taboo of our time: the conflict between human overpopulation and the human desire to pass on one’s DNA and one’s culture.
Our planet’s ecosystem is being stressed past capacity to the brink of collapse due to biodiversity loss, rising sea levels, floods, droughts, overdependence on fossil fuels, and the climate changes that drive all that.
In short, the human species is in dire trouble due to overpopulation – its own.
No one seems remotely inclined to sacrifice any comfort or control over their habits in order to save the environment and ultimately their own future existence, happiness, or sense of purpose.
But there is a significant difference: nanite technology has advanced sufficiently to be of actual, practical use to physicians and scientists.
Nae-Née is a safe, reliable, user-friendly form of birth control. It is a microscopic nanite – a little robot. It contains a life-time supply of super-concentrated RU486, which the device releases whenever it detects a rise in hormones that indicates a fertilized embryo is about to implant itself.
All that the inventors – a husband-and-wife team – wanted was a convenient form of birth control that would reliably prevent pregnancy without pumping a woman’s body full of artificial hormones. Its name literally translates as “not born” and was chosen by Avril, the wife, to reflect her husband’s Scottish background and her own French ancestry. The story is told from Avril's point of view, a woman with Asperger's and a professor of women's medical history.
The world’s leaders have decided to make it the duty of every human being to participate in a bold new world policy, so they have drafted a treaty at the United Nations, and every nation has agreed to sign onto it. This is done on a date that doom-sayers have anticipated with predictions of various – and often unrelated – dire consequences: December 21, 2012. Under the terms of the treaty, all women must have a government-registered Nae-Née device.
Henceforth, every birth of any new human being must be licensed, and not everyone who wants a license to reproduce shall be granted one.
About the Author
Ms. Fox has written several books on a variety of topics, including the effects of human overpopulation on the environment, Asperger's, and travel to Kuwait and Hawai'i.
Her areas of interest include - but are not limited to - history, herstory, women's studies, biographies, dystopian and science fiction, human overpopulation, ecosystems collapse, law, international relations, the history of chemical weapons use in war, the economic meltdown of 2008, honeybee colony collapse disorder, Asperger's, and cats.
Table of Contents
1. Home, Without a Home
2. My Awesome Idea
4. An Eclipse – and Nae-Née is Born
5. Clinical Trial: Nae-Née Ammo Locked and Loaded
6. The Advertising Campaign
7. Success at Last
8. Another Moving Experience
9. The Rockefeller University Institute
10. Life on Our Own
11. Patsy Warne
12. Our Firehouse – and Fame
13. Patsy Warne, Continued
14. Sound Bites and News Flashes
15. Andrew Warne
16. Religion and Politics
17. Attorney Lakshmi
18. Shakeup in the Senate
19. The Treaty
20. The Speech
21. The Amendment: Social Engineering vs. Individual Freedom
22. Several Minutes on 60 Minutes
23. The Operator
24. An Inept Assassin
27. The Visit from No Such Agency
28. Q-and-A at a History of Medicine Lecture
29. Covert Ops – Vacation in the Current Venice
30. Separatists and Senator
32. Hamish the Usurper
33. RE: The Raid
34. With Room for Debate, but Not More
35. Global Warming Mugs and Maps
36. Retreat from the Sea Change
37. Safe at Home Again
38. Nae-Née’s Results are Tallied
The U.N. Convention on the Global Application of Medical Human Population Control
Bibliography – from Avril’s Collection of News Stories
About the Author
About the Illustrator