What are the themes that recur? Conspiracies of upper classes, aliens or artificial intelligence, mind control, pederasty, the inauthenticity of social class, paranormal psychology, and the duality of man.
Craig Venter, the maverick yet mainstream scientist who pioneered the Human Genome Project and now the Craig Venter Institute has done it- he took real Mycoplasma bacterial DNA- uploaded it as info, then transcribed it into artificial DNA and put it into a bacterial shell. Presto! Artificial life that is self-reproducing.