Fascinating article, Jill, with the one codicil, possibly a small one—but maybe a big one. Once we’ve got Frankenmeat figured out (which I agree with totally), will the day come when we have Frankenchildren? This could dramatically reduce hospital space (and staff), still giving parents the taste of children without the harmful effects of childbirth, morning sickness and huge amounts of ice cream and pickles. “People want children so we’re going to give it to them,” could be an inspiring slogan, and think what this would mean to the woman’s movement. The old argument “We don’t hire women because they’ll either leave to raise a family or require months off work for delivery and early nurturing,” ends right there. It’s sort of a win/win on all sides. Let’s not forget that China is thinking of building robotic bees to pollinate crops since they’ve killed off all the real bees with pesticides. What a world, huh? Now we just need Frankenpoliticians, specifically grown and cultured to be honest, trustworthy human beings. That’s a target worth working towards. Thanks for the article, Jill.

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.