THE DELTA ANOMALY
exclusive web interview with Dr. Vladimir Lange
are a successful medical doctor, medical video producer and non-fiction
author. Why did you decide to become a fiction writer?
Fatal Memories I ask the question, what if we could access
memories of our past lives? How would that change how we behave
today? After all, it's been said that we are what we were. This
concept is so counter to everything that was drummed into us in
medical school. It could only be treated in a work of fiction.
While I was working on this book, it became apparent to me that
the "fiction" I was creating is not so far from what
could become very real in a few years.
the past lives theme?
an emergency physician, I have seen many people die and I often
wondered, what is left of them? What if there were a record of
a segment of their life that was transmitted that was somehow
passed on to their offspring? Maybe some of these memories were
recorded in their DNA, and are lying dormant somewhere in the
psyche of their sons and daughters? And if so, how could we access
this record? What kind of device could do that?
possible is it that our memories are recorded in our DNA genetic
material and passed on to our progeny?
of today, there is very little evidence that memories are recorded
in our DNA. But there is strong evidence that certain acquired
characteristics in lower organisms are transmitted to the offspring.
And we do know that certain hormones lead to certain powerful
reactions. For example, oxytocin, the cuddling hormone, is also
known as the 'falling-in-love' hormone. With genetic science
progressing by leaps and bounds, it would not be surprising
to find that a flood of certain hormones could permanently record
an experience and perhaps even an entire memory set-in the genetic
material, which would then be transmitted to the offspring.
did you weave the whole thing together? Science, medicine, Russia?
science was easy. As a medical multi-media producer I have worked
for major corporations, such as Siemens and GE, who are developing
the latest and greatest in medical technology. So I had the opportunity
to see medical devices years before they were available to the
general public: spiral CT scanners, fMRIs, PET scanners. It offered
me a first-hand look at the future of medical science. It didn't
take much to imagine how these technologies could be combined
into a brain scanner like the MEG that I portrayed in Fatal
Memories. A scanner that is entirely plausible medically within
the next decade.
as a setting was an obvious choice, considering my heritage. I
have always found Russian history fascinating, particularly the
tumultuous times several centuries ago, under Ivan the Terrible.
Brave but ruthless noblemen, who had little of the finesse of
the European knights in shining armor, defending their land from
hordes of raping and pillaging Tartars...Combine that with the
current situation in Russia, teetering on the dividing line between
democracy and return to a totalitarian regime. A setting could
hardly be more fascinating than present day and 14th century Russia.
I think Fatal Memories captures both extremely well.
the powerful love story into this novel?
think, deep down, I always wanted to write a love story. A Russian-style
love story. As I am fond of saying, Russians aren't happy unless
they are suffering. Russian folklore is full of love triangles,
where a beautiful young woman, in love with a commoner, is forced
to marry an older nobleman, to suffer the rest of her life in
painful silence. What could be more poignant? And how do the parallel
love triangles play out in the 21st century, when we are attracted
to women who are intelligent, powerful, and assertive?
there such a piece of medical equipment as a MEG - magneto-encephalograph?
MEG that exists today has a different function from the MEG
in Fatal Memories. But what I really like about my MEG
is that it is completely possible with modern technology.
is how it would work: For years, doctors have been able to use
PET scans to pinpoint the location of a brain function-say,
singing, or calculating or face recognition. Each of these activities
will show up clearly on a scan that you can have done at your
local hospital today! And for years, we've had the ability to
destroy tiny areas of the brain with radiation beams, without
harming the rest of the brain. From there, it is just a small
step to a fully functioning Fatal Memories MEG.
your next book combine medicine, romance and history in a similar
fashion as you did in this one?
like the combination of techno-medical with an opportunity to
take my readers where they have never been before - jungles of
Brazil, deserts of Iran, ice-capped summits in the Himalayas.
You will find that the novel I'm working on now will be as multi-faceted
as Fatal Memories.