Evan Karp writes of the manner of publication of the book by the author (Ransom Stephens):
Last month, when his first novel, "The God Patent," was released, it marked a milestone not only for Ransom but for the book industry as well, as the first debut novel to emerge from the new paradigm of online publishing.
"The God Patent" is the fourth book that new boutique publisher Numina Press of San Rafael has put out as a result of Scribd.com, the so-called YouTube for documents that allows authors to pretest the selling power of their books. With its epic themes grounded in authentic science, "The God Patent" is not something one of the so-called Big Sisters of publishing would necessarily pursue from a first-time author.
Of the book and the protagonist Ryan McNear:
But Ryan has made some costly mistakes that result in his losing both his job and the custody of his daughter. He ends up in Petaluma, where ex-lawyer and con man/landlord Dodge Nutter claims a percentage of all royalties from the patents Ryan and his pal Foster Reed were awarded for proposals they wrote years before.
One of the patents disguises a theory of the soul as a software algorithm, and the other combines the biblical story of creation with the Big Bang as the basis for a power generator. Foster builds a power generator that he believes will link science and spirituality and finally prove the existence of God.
There is no Ransom Stephens on the USPTO roster of attorneys/agents although Karp writes of "Stephens' experience as a particle physicist, director of patents (...)" However, one recalls that Mallun Yen is not a registered patent attorney either.
Cisco's chief patent counsel is not a registered patent attorney?!? ]. Nor is Mark Lemley.
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