The novel’s story takes place in the late 20th century, and the character of Samuel “Sam” Harker has a deep and abiding love for the future.
Sam’s grandfather died a few years before, so when Sam’s father, Henry Harkness, is killed in a car accident, Sam’s mom decides to try to find out why and what caused it.
“Sam’s got a lot of stories,” says co-writer/executive producer James McTeigue, who was also the showrunner for the hit HBO show Silicon Valley.
“He’s always had a fascination with science, and his love of science is a bit of a curiosity.”
Harkes grandfather was the father of one of the scientists who invented the first transistor, but it turns out his name was not William Harkner, but Samuel.
“When you look at it, Samuel’s the one that invented it,” McTeig said.
“The guy was a genius, and he died.
He didn’t die for nothing.
So there was no reason to change it.
The one thing he did do was have a son.
But he did it all the way back to the end of the 20th Century.”
The character of Samuel Harknes also takes a turn for the darker when he is the only one who is alive in a post-apocalyptic future where humanity has become extinct.
McTeige says that while Sam’s story is about a man whose entire life has been a struggle with death, the ending of the novel is a way for him to tell the story of the “greatest failure of mankind” — a time when humans are losing all hope of survival.
“It’s about the biggest failure of humanity, and that’s the end,” McTigue said.
When Sam is in a meeting with a scientist about what to do with the device that is making them immortal, he says, “If you want to know the truth, you need to go back to before the machine was invented.”
And he adds, “You might not have to go to the past, but you might.”
Sam will be able to communicate with the machine in a new way, but the plot is still in its infancy.
“We have a few things in there that are not in the novel yet, and we’ll see what happens,” McDonaugh said.
Hark’s future seems a bit bleak at first, but McTeigen says the plot will get progressively darker.
“This is a very complicated story, and there are lots of dark moments in the book,” he said.
After all, Sam can’t be the only person who has the technology to create a perfect replica of the device.
“One thing we’re definitely trying to explore in the future is what happens when the world comes back to life, and what happens to our culture,” McQuaig said, referring to the dystopian future.
“What happens to society, and who’s doing what?
It’s all in the present.”
The book also explores Sam’s relationship with his mother, who has been his sole source of support.
McDonag and McTeigs daughter, Jennifer, also play key roles in the series.
McQuasig has been writing the script for a number of years, and McDonagh said that the couple was on board early on.
“They were all like, ‘We’re so excited to be doing this, we can’t wait to get started,’ ” McTeigh said.
But while McTeigon and McQuag have had a blast writing the book, the writers were already working on a few ideas for other stories, so the pair have been able to focus more on the plot.
“James was telling me, ‘It’s gonna be so weird if you tell us that this is going to be about Sam’s life,’ and I was like, I don’t know, okay,” McConagh said.
The duo says that the book is the first time the writers have worked with McTeigan on a series as ambitious as Silicon Valley, but they are eager to tell more stories about their own experiences.
“A lot of the people in the show have had an incredible amount of success, and this is just a little taste of what that’s like,” McMcTeig added.
“I think we’re going to go crazy.”
The novel will be published in 2019.
The full book will be released in 2020, with a first edition set for November.