Reflections are only that, reflections, nothing more nothing less. Often these reflections are related to books I read, but occasionally also other things. These are often written very late, very fast,  using notes from my mobile phone, so the grammar and spelling is horrible.

Influx, by Daniel Suarez





I really liked Daemon and thought it was great that Daniel dared to follow-up the story after the climax in what I think is one of the best stories about AI ever in FreedomTM. Kill Decision was not bad, but it felt more like a narrow (but still highly relevant) drone discussion, than a broader discussion about society. The interesting thing is that now after reading his latest book, Influx, I realize now how much I liked Kill Decision and also how important I think it is.

There are some fun technologies in this book, but they are used in a way where I felt they where sprinkled in a really thin story that lacked any context to make the ideas relevant.

Influx is more like a normal science fiction and Daniel is a good writer so it is good book. Still, for me it lacks the edge from earlier books where he managed to surprise you and also put them in an overall context that felt interesting. I hope that Daniel got a few ideas off his chest and that he will continue on the more hard science fiction where the technology is part of a living society.

If you have nothing to do and like near-time science fiction the book provide some fun examples of technologies that are currently being developed.