Something I am sure you would come to figure out on your own, given enough time, is that I am a geek. A complete and total nerd. I can give new meaning to the concept of geekiness upon occasion.
That said, when I came up with this topic (yes, I am the one in need of strangling over it LOL) I had a different book in mind than what I am about to write about. It is my sheer and utter geekiness that changed my mind.
See, if I could pick one book that I am pea green with jealousy that I didn't write, it isn't a fiction work. It's Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection". Like it, hate it, believe it, or don't - this book still manages to stir people to talk about it.
Some of his conclusions were wrong, but given the knowledge base he had to work with, and what we have just finally in the last half century come to understand, he did damn good. It's one of those books that I truly wish I had written; it changed history, the way scientists approached things, and set some people on their ear.
I greatly admire the scientists who stuck with it, even in the light of ridicule, torture, and death. Modern medicine, technology and a ton of other fields are their legacy. A legacy I am proud to be a part of.
If I could ever write a sequel to Origins, I would write the layman's version. Not in the vein of the Dummies books, but one that is a bit easier to read and has been updated with new knowledge.
See, told you I was a geek. : )