By coincidence, my bedtime and subway reading material these days is a pair of dystopian novels that cast today’s technology forward in time to some pretty scary places. Don DeLillo’s Zero K looks slightly ahead to a day when the wealthy have themselves and their loved ones frozen, in the expectation medical knowledge will advance to the stage that future physicians can help them live forever. Arcadia by Iain Pears imagines a future world where “the idiots of the early ...

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