The Independent | Review: Inferno Dan Brown’s Dante-inspired novel is clunky but clever and will undoubtedly heat up pundits

May 14, 2013

The Independent — May 14, 2013 | Boyd Tonkin

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Inferno grafts the artificial-plague motif onto the biology and ideology of population control and the heretical science of the “Transhumanist” movement. This updated variant of eugenics believes that humanity must take control of its own evolution.

Many SF authors, along with outlier scientists such as Ray Kurzweil, have long pondered such a utopian, or dystopian, future. But thanks to Inferno, the neo-Malthusians, the “Population Apocalypse Equation”, and even a long-forgotten crackpot who changed his name to “FM-2030”, will soon enjoy their 15 minutes or more of fame. [...]