"Brilliant" by Mike Pihlman
E-Gene is a 23 year old PhD microbiologist with a second PhD in computer viral programming.
Working at National Lab in the San Francisco Bay Area, E-Gene is well respected among his peers regularly presenting at conferences on his specialty: “Programmable Genetic Transmutation of Computer Viruses in Biological Brain Tissue”.
Unfortunately, his Boss gives E-Gene zero credit for all his accomplishments and, even though E-Gene’s progress reports are outstanding “E-Gene is brilliant, but….”, his raises average 1% or lower.
After two years of effort (more if you count the High School IB Biology project he completed his Senior year), E-Gene is on the verge of a discovery that could change the fields of medicine and pharmacology. In fact, it will change the world.
He needs a test subject.
Boss loads the new program E-Gene gave him onto his 4 Gig USB memory stick and puts the USB in his pocket.
That night, Boss is having a nightmare. He is falling into the depths of his computer’s memory. As he falls, he sees the pictures he loaded from vacation, he sees the e-book he read last week, he sees his employees progress reports. Suddenly, he stops at the report he wrote about E-Gene, recommending that E-Gene receive the lowest raise in the group.
E-Gene has proven that a computer virus can be transported via USB to the human brain and, then, control it.
Ten years later, he is invited to Stockholm. Brilliant indeed.
Copyright 7/19/2010 by Mike “TracyReaderDad” Pihlman. This is fiction?