Technical Question for Epic Atheist Novel
Okay, without getting too far into the details... basically I'm writing a novel. It's something I think most of the people on this forum would be into.
It has some science fiction aspects (not many, more just to establish a background for the socio-politics of 10-30 years from now).
Anyway, I needed a plot device that basically reduced birthrates in half, so I made up my own nasty STD. It's called RHV, for Reeves' H-Variant. No actuall significance there, but here's how I described.
Basically, global warming releases this virus from its ice-bound dormancy. Presumably this thing has killed off entire populations before human beings ever evolved, but there's no way we could actually tell that from the fossil record.
So far, so good. Now here's the kicker: The virus infects males, and they pass it onto women. While it doesn't kill them, the infected woman is basically left barren after the virus leaves the system.
My idea is that originally it was more generic and less dangerous. Hypothetically a strain could have survived the process of ejaculation and wound up in a female body, where it could feast on the high-quality material of a woman's eggs as opposed to millions of low-quality sperm. So the virus discovered a more efficient source of energy and evolved to take advantage of human sexual activity by staying largely dormant in males and multiplying deviously once it enters the female body.
Is this even remotely plausible? At least, for a novel? I don't go into technical detail often when I write. The novel itself is about the characters, but the reactions of several women of different ages to their barrenness are part of their character development. Can anyone give me some technical assistance?
“It is true that in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. It is equally true that in the land of the blind, the two-eyed man is an enemy of the state, the people, and domestic tranquility… and necessarily so. Someone has to rearrange the furniture.”