Unless you’ve been extremely wealthy and/or spoiled your entire life, chances are you’ve experienced the feeling of being jealous that someone else has some form of technology that you don’t. Be it a video game system, a certain kind of phone, or even a vibrating Chinese finger trap made specifically for a different part of the anatomy. Somebody else always seems to have something better than you, and that’s the core of the story behind author Daniel Suarez’s fourth novel, Influx, which has been preemptively acquired for development by 20th Century Fox. So that means now I get to be jealous of someone else getting a movie deal. (slow claps)
The novel sounds a bit like Dark City in its sense of scope for turmoil, but who knows where it will go? It follows a particle physicist named Grady who, along with his research team, somehow devises and constructs a device that can reflect gravity. As you can imagine, Grady imagines the world’s exclusivity will be at his fingertips, only a shadowy organization shows up (of course!) and puts all that to a stop. Their name: The Bureau of Technology Control. Their game: hording all the really big ideas, medical advancements, and technology before they reach the public, ensuring their own firm grip on humanity’s stasis. Some of you out there already think this faction exists, don’t you?