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In 2012 geneticists discovered how to write information on DNA, record data like on a computer hard drive. What if what we used to call junk DNA had information left their from millions of years ago? A post-graduate student discovers how to unlock this information and parts of bio-schematics and data are found in certain people. The largest scientific initiative since the In 2012 geneticists discovered how to write information on DNA, record data like on a computer hard drive. What if what we used to call junk DNA had information left their from millions of years ago? A post-graduate student discovers how to unlock this information and parts of bio-schematics and data are found in certain people. The largest scientific initiative since the Manhattan Projects was started and kept hidden from the rest of the world as this information is collected and collated...to what end even they don't know. Will they find a stairway to heaven or accidentally unleash something that will kill us all.


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In 2012 geneticists discovered how to write information on DNA, record data like on a computer hard drive. What if what we used to call junk DNA had information left their from millions of years ago? A post-graduate student discovers how to unlock this information and parts of bio-schematics and data are found in certain people. The largest scientific initiative since the In 2012 geneticists discovered how to write information on DNA, record data like on a computer hard drive. What if what we used to call junk DNA had information left their from millions of years ago? A post-graduate student discovers how to unlock this information and parts of bio-schematics and data are found in certain people. The largest scientific initiative since the Manhattan Projects was started and kept hidden from the rest of the world as this information is collected and collated...to what end even they don't know. Will they find a stairway to heaven or accidentally unleash something that will kill us all.

51 review for Stairway

  1. 5 out of 5

    Pop Bop

    If Watson and Crick Had Written Jodie Foster's Movie "Contact" This is well executed and has some nice red herrings and suspenseful moments. But, it's basically "Contact", just with a few different twists and a slightly different tone. Instead of a radio transmission from deep space, we get schematics for a mystery machine encoded in "junk" DNA. In both versions a zillionaire looney tune builds the thingy. In both a heroine resists where the project seems to be headed. In both we have debate and m If Watson and Crick Had Written Jodie Foster's Movie "Contact" This is well executed and has some nice red herrings and suspenseful moments. But, it's basically "Contact", just with a few different twists and a slightly different tone. Instead of a radio transmission from deep space, we get schematics for a mystery machine encoded in "junk" DNA. In both versions a zillionaire looney tune builds the thingy. In both a heroine resists where the project seems to be headed. In both we have debate and monologuing about the religious implications of an alien/godlike artifact, and about the originator's intentions. This version has some nice twists and touches - there are 666 pieces of DNA code scattered throughout the entire world's population. (That's not a spoiler, it's on, like, page 5.) The ending is entirely different and thought provoking. On the down side the zillionaire running the project is villainous in a "you have to break eggs to make an omelet" fashion, and his ends justify the means monologuing never lets up. There's a fair amount of commando/private security gunplay that seems to be there just to show that this is serious stuff, and to break a few more eggs. The artwork is fine. It's a bit old school, but tries to be realistic. It is always clear what's going on, even in action scenes, which I appreciated. The pacing is generally good, although there is a lot of foreshadowing and the ending is hinted at, if not actually given away, at a number of points. That said, it was still an attention holder right up to the end. My bottom line was that I enjoyed this, but felt like it could have been much more with a few different plot and character choices. The DNA angle could have gotten a lot more attention, but that's just a quibble. (Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    There are some really good concepts here, but a couple of things that hold the book back from being brilliant. In the middle part of this century, in a world if not ravaged by nuclear war then one a lot wetter through molten ice caps etc, a very rich man has tried to build something from a most unlikely source. Mixing a complete hodge-podge of religion and esoterica with cutting-edge science, he has found how to build a gateway through to some other kind of existence, based on instructions hidde There are some really good concepts here, but a couple of things that hold the book back from being brilliant. In the middle part of this century, in a world if not ravaged by nuclear war then one a lot wetter through molten ice caps etc, a very rich man has tried to build something from a most unlikely source. Mixing a complete hodge-podge of religion and esoterica with cutting-edge science, he has found how to build a gateway through to some other kind of existence, based on instructions hidden in a select few humans' DNA profiles. But what is his motive and what is the reality of it all? Can the project be completed – and what will it lead to? Well a big clue is writ on the page very early on, which I daren't mention. That, once you've finished reading, is one flaw, and another is that he insists he's lying to his assistant when he introduces her to the near-finished gateway, but when she sees the same as him she never calls him out on the lie. In fact the whole book hinges on lots of unanswered questions – what does he really see, what does he really want, has this happened before, yada yada? I found this reluctance to actually give us any answers beyond that of the core mystery a bit wishy-washy looking back, but I have to admit to having fun while reading these pages a first time. Possibly also adding to the wishy-washiness was how I felt a little disappointed to get just four issues here, and a plug for a sequel – and clues that other titles tie in to this effort. Those really good concepts I mentioned? If they'd been nailed here good and proper this would have been brilliant. As it is, it was fun – but with reservations. Three and a half stars - but perhaps a full four on a good day.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Paul Spence

    I supported the Kickstarter project for this OGN which is written by Top Cow executive Matt Hawkins. I have supported other projects by Hawkins because I find he is a writer who tackles interesting themes and ideas in his work. The premise for the book is that in 2012 geneticists discovers how to write information on DNA and record data like on a computer hard drive. What if what we used to call junk DNA had information left their from millions of years ago? A post-graduate student discovers how I supported the Kickstarter project for this OGN which is written by Top Cow executive Matt Hawkins. I have supported other projects by Hawkins because I find he is a writer who tackles interesting themes and ideas in his work. The premise for the book is that in 2012 geneticists discovers how to write information on DNA and record data like on a computer hard drive. What if what we used to call junk DNA had information left their from millions of years ago? A post-graduate student discovers how to unlock this information and parts of bio-schematics and data are found in certain people. The story unfolds from there. I was hooked by the premise of encoding data in DNA and I really appreciated the back matter of the book which provided the scientific background behind this idea. Part of what makes Stairway so effective is that the basic idea is based on actual science. I was impressed at how the core idea was used dramatically within the story. I also thought that the art was quite good and I really enjoyed reading this book. I would love to see a sequel to this book because I think there are a lot ideas that can be developed even further than they are here. Overall, I am very glad that I supported this Kickstarter campaign because Stairway is a very entertaining and thought provoking book. If you would like to learn more about encoding data on DNA, please follow this link: https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/1...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Emily W.

    **I received this book from Edelweiss in Exchange for an Honest review** Thank you Edelweiss, Image Book Comics, and Diamond Book Distributors for letting me read and Review this Book!! ^_^ Before Thoughts: Ah just the kind of sci-fi thing I need to help me get over the Never Enough Time book. You have characters that are trying to figure out the truth behind the DNA that scientists have tampered with or hidden away. I can get behind this kind of story it sounds like it'll be interesting. Maybe cl **I received this book from Edelweiss in Exchange for an Honest review** Thank you Edelweiss, Image Book Comics, and Diamond Book Distributors for letting me read and Review this Book!! ^_^ Before Thoughts: Ah just the kind of sci-fi thing I need to help me get over the Never Enough Time book. You have characters that are trying to figure out the truth behind the DNA that scientists have tampered with or hidden away. I can get behind this kind of story it sounds like it'll be interesting. Maybe cliche for the sci-fi genre, but I think I'll have fun with it it might even help me out of my book slump which I'm kind of feeling at the moment. So let's see what this story is all about and much more!! Review: Read on:08/22/18 To be Published on:08/28/18 Plot: The story is told from Gregory's POV in a form of log entries. He researches about this cube that has the ability to alter the world or mess with DNA or turn time back for the world. But it's kind of hard to tell tbh. I like to think of Gregory as less of a villain and maybe more of an anti-hero idk maybe that's just me. He is condescending, he is an ass, and I guess he really believes that the research he does with the cube is important and that it will save the world based on the abilities of the cube I guess??? But mostly the characters are a bit one-dimensional so you can't really tell much about their motivations. And I guess the story tries to make a statement that maybe religion and science are one in the same and just misunderstood/misinterpreted. Which I guess could be true. But who can really say?? Character(s): Gregory: I think he was supposed to be a politician at one point and that he was meant to seem like a villain who likes to stroke his ego. But mostly idk I probably wouldn't like him no matter if he was good or bad. But mainly he doesn't feel that fleshed out like much of story doesn't feel fleshed out. Alicia: She is mentioned a lot in the story. I guess something managed to mutate her DNA which I guess was tied to the cube and the research being performed with it. They keep her for questioning...I guess?! But again like Gregory and other "characters" she's not that well fleshed out. Final Thoughts: The idea of the story could work, but not only was the book too short, the ideas in the story were also not well executed. I couldn't tell which characters were most important in the comic frames and even with the log entries by Gregory's character I still couldn't tell exactly what was happening when just looking at the frames. However the art was excellent to look at and the author certainly has more potential in the future should he learn to expand more on his ideas and take a leap with it. Because I felt like maybe part of him was too afraid/lacked confidence in his ideas which really could've potentially worked to help develop a strong sci-fi novel. I mean, I might look at his work in the future. But only if he has shown improvement and more confidence in his ideas. Recommends to: I guess if you like the idea the author wants to present at least give it a look you might find you enjoy the art featured. However if you want a more rich sci-fi story then you might want to look elsewhere since this story lacks some depth to it. Hope you enjoyed my review!! Thanks for reading!! ^_^ And go catch that good book!! ^_^ My Blog Site

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay

    Stairway is one of those books that do everything right, but are so formulaic as to offer no surprises. Every theme in this has been done before: the cuboid shape of the artificial intelligence; the time reset; the old conceit that mystics etc were channeling some kind of occult transmitted knowledge; that there is information stored in introns or junk dna; the megalomaniac character who wants to save the world and will wipe out half the population to do so; the threat of nuclear war between Ind Stairway is one of those books that do everything right, but are so formulaic as to offer no surprises. Every theme in this has been done before: the cuboid shape of the artificial intelligence; the time reset; the old conceit that mystics etc were channeling some kind of occult transmitted knowledge; that there is information stored in introns or junk dna; the megalomaniac character who wants to save the world and will wipe out half the population to do so; the threat of nuclear war between India and Pakistan; and of course the Thanos like storyline to wipe off much of the human species, who also just happen to disappear in the same fragmented fashion... (so many Marvel references all over the place) It's a tried and tested formula, so it works like most simple stories of this sort work, but this first volume at least is in the final analysis unsatisfactory. At the same time, because it is decent enough for what it is, I will be reading volume 2. The best plus is perhaps the character of Alicia Vander, who presents a credible model for scientists in their obsessiveness. eARC courtesy: Edelweiss+

  6. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    ARC via Image Comics. An all-around horrible rich old man becomes obsessed with activating a mysterious doomsday device that he believes will save the world after a nuclear near-apocalypse, commits numerous ethically unsound actions in pursuit of this goal, ultimately succeeds. I guess there's meant to be some sort of commentary on whether the ends justify the means but I'm personally not really interested in that debate and it's hard to enjoy a story when the protagonist/POV character is so car ARC via Image Comics. An all-around horrible rich old man becomes obsessed with activating a mysterious doomsday device that he believes will save the world after a nuclear near-apocalypse, commits numerous ethically unsound actions in pursuit of this goal, ultimately succeeds. I guess there's meant to be some sort of commentary on whether the ends justify the means but I'm personally not really interested in that debate and it's hard to enjoy a story when the protagonist/POV character is so cartoonishly awful. I was expecting the story to be about a lady scientist saving the world, which it emphatically was not. (Content warning for the POV character gaslighting said lady scientist and making some really awful comments about autism, incidentally.) Didn't like the art, either, so all around not my cup of tea.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ogreart

    Thisone was one that made me think. Integration of religion and science. Apocalypse. Well done.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Grant Laird

    Its interesting but pretty short story.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Will

    Not so great. The characters are stereotypes and there’s nothing you don’t see coming from a mile away.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey Karin

  11. 4 out of 5

    Stardust

  12. 5 out of 5

    Craig

  13. 4 out of 5

    Phillip Hillis

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brian

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jillian

  16. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

  17. 5 out of 5

    Larakaa

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kenny

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mason

  20. 5 out of 5

    susen s

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shawn Kass

  22. 5 out of 5

    BookKitteh

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

  24. 5 out of 5

    Elrod

  25. 5 out of 5

    Matt

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dominica

  27. 5 out of 5

    Paul Allard

    Science fiction comic collection about DNA - interesting and well thought out. This comic collection deals with scientists collecting specific DNA from a special group of people to trigger an event with dramatic consequences. The characters are few but interesting and the artwork is clear and detailed. The story moves along well and engages the reader. It’s certainly worth a look and may be the beginning of a series although it works as a stand-alone.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sierra

  29. 5 out of 5

    Diana

  30. 5 out of 5

    Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

  31. 5 out of 5

    Anna (Bananas!)

  32. 4 out of 5

    Ruthsic

  33. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Ames-Foley

  34. 5 out of 5

    Aliix

  35. 4 out of 5

    usagi ☆ミ

  36. 5 out of 5

    Ben Brown

  37. 4 out of 5

    Tyler Kroon

  38. 5 out of 5

    Chad Jordahl

  39. 5 out of 5

    Danvers

  40. 5 out of 5

    Hollie

  41. 5 out of 5

    Siân

  42. 4 out of 5

    Maddy Connor

  43. 4 out of 5

    Elisa

  44. 4 out of 5

    JJ

  45. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Westen

  46. 5 out of 5

    Cailin Kelley

  47. 4 out of 5

    Latasha Williams

  48. 5 out of 5

    AJ Ryan

  49. 4 out of 5

    Amber Graham

  50. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Hale

  51. 5 out of 5

    Nani

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