Briggs is an ambitious student of neurology at Columbia. Maybe a little too ambitious.... His ideas about consciousness take a turn that's very sick and twisted when he meets the Old Man, Kirkyard, a neighbor at Apartment H and a former, disgraced researcher at Columbia. Kirkyard's grizzly WWII-derived work got him kicked out of the university (and got a few people killed too) ...
Rene David Rivero
Rene David Rivero was born in Cuba and immigrated to the USA in 1980. He attained a doctorate in physics in 2010. He relocated to Colorado that year and served as a post doctoral researcher at NREL in Golden, Colorado. He started to write as a hobby during college; his favorite subjects were fantasy and science fiction as well as thrillers. He learned the craft by extensively reading Poe, Wells and Lovecraft. He also dabbled with fanfcition.