Well Born, a work of historical and contemporary fiction, explores themes of genetic heritability, particularly intelligence. It examines late 19th and early 20th century attempts to improve the lot of mankind through science-based social engineering. Following the life of an early disciple of the eugenics movement, we see the movement gain outsized global influence, then fade quickly in the aftermath of WWII. After an extended dormancy, the movement reemerges through advances in the fields of behavioral genetics and genetic engineering. Well Born presents its heroes with confounding moral dilemmas in the practical application of the movement's principal tenets and their deepest human impulses.
In an age of growing experimentation with genetic engineering, Well Born is a timely work of fiction written for readers of both historical fiction and contemporary science.