It took a while, but Atlas Hugged has come to the attention of the Ayn Rand Institute! Here is an 84-minute conversation between two fellows of the Institute, Keith Lockitch and Ben Bayer, who tear my novel part in their own minds. For me, it provides a window into their own minds. Their reaction is a testimony to the fact that whether a story is loved or hated depends on how the moral worldview conveyed by the story interacts with the moral worldview of the reader. There is also a tricky dance between critiquing a person and critiquing the ideas of the person and the larger tradition represented by the ideas. Anyhow, I have suggested my openness to a dialogue but they haven’t taken me up on it yet. I’ll let you know when and if they do!
“This is an incredibly ambitious novel from one of the finest scientific minds on the planet–who just happens to be the son of the great American novelist Sloan Wilson. The goal of Atlas Hugged is nothing short of changing the world by uniting humanity and eliminating suffering. As a reimagined sequel of sorts to Ayn Rand’s famous and influential novel Atlas Shrugged, Wilson’s work is similarly full of philosophical ideas and illustrative parables. It’s didactic in the best sense of that word”