We don’t do much futuristic dystopian SciFi here at ScienceThrillers.com, but author Eric Borgerson made a strong case for his novel When the Eye Sees Itself. Timely and intelligent, this novel deals with themes of quantum entanglement, mass surveillance, mass incarceration, political struggle, descent into darkness and addiction, state sponsored terror and torture, and “spiritual awakening amidst the ashes of shattered conventions. It is a compelling tale about power, the kind that imprisons and the kind that sets us free, all of it borne of our interpenetrated minds.”
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When the Eye Sees Itself by Eric Borgerson. Dystopian science fiction. (January 2018)
When the Eye Sees Itself weaves a dazzlingly complex web of interconnection – institutional, psychological, political, cultural, economic, conscious, even subatomic – and shows how tugging on a thread within it can pull everyone down, or up.
The story takes place in a country that classifies people by temperamental balance, segregating Vulnerables and Aggressives from the ranks of Citizens who are deemed to possess a functional balance.
A legal challenge becomes the catalyst for a surge of unrest among the excluded classes, with Vulnerable and Aggressive activists squaring off against the conservative Citizen’s Action League over the rules for entry into the powered class.
Under the surface of this political conflict lurks a new technology – Quantum Field Resonance Imaging– which allows people to interpenetrate quantum neural fields and touch minds. The technology is in use for illicit and noble purposes, on small scales and large, officially and in the shadows.
Nothing is as it seems, and as the mind-linking technology peels back the veneer of ordinary perception, layer upon layer of deception and collusion are exposed, revealing abuses of power so profound they threaten to annihilate the country in civil war. Yet, an even more fundamental shift can be heard rumbling from beneath, as still deeper strata of illusion are blasted away and the struggle for control becomes more and more subtle.
Entanglement: Personal, political, and quantum
Guest post by Eric Borgerson
Q: How would you characterize this novel?
A: It is a bit of a genre-bender. It is a legal and political drama with a science fiction dimension that holds together multiple axes of a very complex plot. Some have characterized it as falling under the rubric of cyberpunk, which seems apt. I also believe it qualifies as a science thriller.
The main themes are interconnection and power, both power over and power from within. The story takes place in a society that segregates people by temperament: Vulnerables who need protection from others, Aggressives, who require restraint, and Citizens, who are deemed to possess a balanced midrange of the temperamental poles. The thresholds governing classification within that scheme evolve over time, driven by scientific, political, economic, and social forces.
The story begins with a woman classified as a Vulnerable but who possesses pronounced Vulnerable and Aggressive features, who files a petition to broaden the criteria for Citizenship. Her case triggers an upsurge in social unrest, with Aggressive and Vulnerable activists squaring off against the conservative Citizens Action League over access to the powered Citizen class.
Q; What is the science aspect of the story?
A: Lurking behind this conflict is a new technology: Quantum Field Resonance Imaging, which allows people literally to touch minds. Arrays of micro particle accelerator guns worn around the cranium stream and receive subatomic particles through a user’s brain, creating a quantum field projection of the user’s mind. In our world, Continue reading