Influx

Influx

Book - 2014
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What if our civilization is more advanced than we know?

The New York Times bestselling author of Daemon --"the cyberthriller against which all others will be measured" ( Publishers Weekly ) --imagines a world in which decades of technological advances have been suppressed in an effort to prevent disruptive change.

Are smartphones really humanity's most significant innovation since the moon landings? Or can something else explain why the bold visions of the 20th century--fusion power, genetic enhancements, artificial intelligence, cures for common diseases, extended human life, and a host of other world-changing advances--have remained beyond our grasp? Why has the high-tech future that seemed imminent in the 1960s failed to arrive?
 
Perhaps it did arrive…but only for a select few.

Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: a device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics--the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring. This Bureau of Technology Control uses the advanced technologies they have harvested over the decades to fulfill their mission.
 
They are living in our future.

Presented with the opportunity to join the BTC and improve his own technology in secret, Grady resists, and is instead thrown into a nightmarish high-tech prison built to hold rebellious geniuses like himself. With so many great intellects confined together, can Grady and his fellow prisoners conceive of a way to usher humanity out of its artificial dark age?

And can they hope to defeat an enemy who wields a technological advantage half a century in the making?
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Dutton, c2014
ISBN: 9780525953180
Branch Call Number: SF SUA

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A great work of science fiction. A really interesting read! Recommended by Michelle.


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Mr_Cliff Jan 23, 2017

I loved the whole concept of this book. I mean, why don't we have flying cars yet! And I don't know if you've seen "hoverboards" these days, but they have wheels! You may think cures for terrible diseases, unlimited cheap energy, and yes, even anti-gravity suits are beyond us. It's all a lie! We could have all these things if a top-secret agency even the government has forgotten about hadn't decided they would be too disruptive to society. This was a fun, quick read, and without giving too much away, I'll just say, don't mess with the Geniuses!

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StarGladiator
Jul 14, 2014

[From the book: It is the nature of consciousness to resist domination.] At least 10 stars for rating [maybe 15 to 20?]. If you enjoyed Suarez's previous books, Daemon and Freedom, you'll love this! [Kill Decision, while good writing, was just too status quo-y for me.] Pure science fiction, but if you read Robert O'Harrow's book, No Place to Hide [2003] and Glenn Greenwald's book of the same title, No Place to Hide [2014], then maybe it isn't really pure science fiction after all, but a seriously topical SF novel? Publishers Weekly compares Suarez to Michael Crichton, which is quite insulting to Daniel Suarez, as Crichton was never this good!

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