Monthly Archives: January 2014

We’re curious: What questions do you ask yourself?

We’ve been posting on the substantive issues behind Inferno, and we’d love to hear what you think. What concerns you about new genetic engineering technologies? About global population trends? About introducing more thought- and behavior-affecting genetic technology into human minds and bodies? … Continue reading

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Novels that Mess with our DNA

Reader requested: spoiler alert for the post below. As novelists, Dan Brown and Richard Powers inhabit opposite ends of the literary continuum. Where Powers is regarded as among the most literary and deeply cerebral of contemporary novelists—someone who is hard … Continue reading

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What would Zobrist think about Japan’s shrinking population?

Readers of Dan Brown’s Inferno know that one of the novel’s main characters, the mad scientist Zobrist, is obsessed with global population growth as the main problem in the planet’s future. He favors drastic steps to try to alter the … Continue reading

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