With the movie version of Dan Brown’s 2013 bestseller Inferno set to open October 28, we are mindful of a plot-worthy confluence of time, character, and circumstance.
In doing the research for our own 2013 book, Secrets of Inferno, we looked into the derivation of the name given by Brown to his fictional evil biohacker, Bertrand Zobrist. While many of the character names in Brown’s Inferno (and indeed, in all Brown’s books) draw on obvious allusions and namesakes, Zobrist baffled us. The only well-known person we could find named Zobrist was the baseball player Ben Zobrist, now with the Chicago Cubs. So is it mere coincidence or an eerie prediction by Dan Brown that the Cubs would be in the World Series for the first time in 71 years, with a player named Zobrist in the lineup—in the same week that the movie Inferno has its premiere?