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On John Scalzi’s Blog: The Big Idea

As if telling Abigail Breslin to “suck it” wasn’t enough for one day, I am also on record praising Adolf Hitler in my “Big Idea” piece on John Scalzi’s Whatever blog. The piece is about the inspiration for my books Infoquake and MultiReal, and it’s not quite as offensive as it sounds. Adolf Hitler holding a MacBookAn excerpt:

Could Adolf Hitler ever have been the good guy?

The man was a warped, murderous bastard who ordered the slaughter of millions of people, started an unnecessary war of conquest, and permanently 86′d the dreams of an entire generation or three. But seriously — let’s say you hop in a time machine, track the dude down as a teenager, and put him through a serious reeducation program. And maybe give him a heavy dose of Prozac. Or better yet, hand him a Macintosh. Could he be redeemed?…

That was one of the Big Ideas behind my novels Infoquake and MultiReal. Create a character with Hitler-like strategic genius, with Gates-like business savvy, with Clinton-like personal magnetism, with Machiavelli-like disregard for ethics. Stick him on the fence between the ultimate selfishness and the ultimate selflessness, give him a technology that could revolutionize the world or destroy it, and see what he does.

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  1. M on January 14, 2009 at 8:13 am  Chain link

    Too bad the reflection on the screen of the laptop was not modified.

  2. N on April 25, 2010 at 4:54 am  Chain link

    Too good the reflection on the screen of the laptop was not modified.

  3. lea on August 27, 2010 at 9:38 pm  Chain link

    What if Osma Bin LaLa didn;t have access to jet air liners…….?

  4. Bman on October 19, 2010 at 7:13 pm  Chain link

    I was just searching images for an iPad theme comparing Apple to Nazis. Taylor made.. glad for the reelection. Just need to change the arm band to an apple. Ha !

  5. john on February 25, 2011 at 1:57 am  Chain link

    why does the reflection of it have glasses and is smiling? is it a reflection of steve jobs. comparing him to adolf? lol

  6. David Louis Edelman on February 26, 2011 at 12:36 pm  Chain link

    John: The photo was Photoshopped from an image of Steve Jobs. No commentary intended.

  7. jim on August 11, 2011 at 1:45 am  Chain link

    it’s retarded to say “hitler with clinton-like magnetism”, when hitler’s magnetism was allegedly 1000 times better. also, hitler already had disregard for ethics.

  8. David Louis Edelman on August 15, 2011 at 9:24 am  Chain link

    “It’s retarded”? You really still say that in 2011?

  9. karve kedar on August 15, 2011 at 2:10 pm  Chain link

    i admire hitler

  10. David Louis Edelman on August 15, 2011 at 4:52 pm  Chain link

    I roll my eyes at idiots.

  11. Gnardog on September 28, 2011 at 8:51 pm  Chain link

    Well i roll my eyes at you!

  12. David Louis Edelman on October 3, 2011 at 9:55 am  Chain link

    Gnardog: That’s permitted.

  13. Frank Konietzko on November 14, 2011 at 11:14 am  Chain link

    Did anyone noticed that both Adolf and Steve died at the same age?

  14. trevor talon on December 19, 2011 at 1:28 pm  Chain link

    that not fucking funny a ass hole get a life dont put hitler and steve jobs in the same picture its racists to humanity

  15. David Louis Edelman on December 19, 2011 at 2:37 pm  Chain link

    Let me add a disclaimer for the next idiot who wants to comment about Steve Jobs and Hitler: I, THE AUTHOR OF THIS BLOG PIECE, HAD NO INTENTION OF COMPARING STEVE JOBS TO ADOLF HITLER BY PHOTOSHOPPING THE ABOVE PHOTO. I DO NOT CONDONE SUCH A COMPARISON. PLEASE READ THE HYPERLINKED ARTICLE FOR FULL CONTEXT.

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