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The God Patent [Paperback]

Ransom Stephens
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16 Dec 2009
Sex, drugs, and quantum physics collide with artificial intelligence, faith and free will in this perspective-altering story. The memo said they'd get bonuses for submitting patents, so why not? Money came easily during the dot-com boom. Concealed in engineering jargon, Ryan McNear submits a patent for the soul disguised as a software algorithm and his best friend Foster Reed rewrites Genesis and calls it a "power generator." A few years later, amid the fallout of a ruptured technology bubble, his career ruined and family shredded, a desperate Ryan discovers that a company headed by his old friend Foster is developing his patent. What he thought was a joke is generating stacks of money amid claims that it will provide a source of limitless energy and prove the existence of God. Willing to try anything to rebuild his life, Ryan stakes a legal claim to the patent. He soon discovers a sinister undercurrent in the venture. Racing against time and aided by a motley group of assistants that includes an attorney/conman, a beautiful and passionate physicist and a death-obsessed adolescent math prodigy, Ryan gets caught in a battle between hard science and fundamentalist religion that threatens his sanity, his freedom and his son. Before long Ryan will test the limits of faith and free will, evaluate the nature of desire, and comprehend the human soul in a way that requires a single step, rather than a great leap, of faith.

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  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Vox Novus (16 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984260005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984260003
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 22.5 x 15 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,538,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ransom Stephens is a former physics professor and fifth-generation Californian. After earning his PhD from the University of California–Santa Barbara, he taught at the University of Texas at Arlington and conducted cutting-edge research at high energy physics labs across the United States and Europe. He then moved into the high-tech arena, leaving academia to work for a wireless web start-up. He’s now a science writer and high tech consultant living in Northern California’s Wine country, though he prefers beer. More about Stephens can be found at his website,

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3.0 out of 5 stars Creationism meets the patent office 14 Feb 2014
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The story has an intersting premise. Two young engineers generate nonsensical patents for a bit of cash and forget about them.
A few years later, the circumstances of bot engineers have changed and the patents assume much larger significance when the US government and big oil get involved.
The story uses a vaguely plausible set of ideas and circumstances to make a telling commentary on the state of US politics in regards to energy/defence policy, the stresses between the scientific "community" and the devoutly religious, the nature of consciousness and the soul.
However, I thought the story ran out of steam, as it must do if it were not to degenrate into pure fantasy, with an unsettling and unsatisfying ending.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 5 Feb 2014
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A well written and interesting book. As a fan of Emmy Noether (one of, possibly the best, mathematician of the 20th century) I found it especially so. Presumably , as an American, the author portrays bible belt attitudes and patent procedures accurately. Also the character of Katarina, gives some taste of the brilliance of mind required to be active in modern physics.

Don't worry about this physics stuff . The hero is a likeable character trying to rebuild his life ,clear his debts, and be reunited with his son, while finding love in the process.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Many twists and turns 27 Jan 2014
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A good read and none that posed many questions of morality in the human race, left me questioning some of by base philosophies.
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