'Pilgrims write their religion literally into their blood. The secret story of a young girl after her mother suicides. A scientist with Parkinson's disease discovers that some cures are worse than the disease ... Six stories about the human condition on the edge of biotechnology and neuroscience.
'Also included are a number of the author's essays. From a hillbilly's impression of the Columbia disaster, to an alternative periodic table, to the philosophy of science and a serious critique of creationism'. Source: publisher's website.