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Origin book by Dan Brown

Discussion in 'Model X' started by [email protected], Oct 9, 2017.

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  1. ATC@LWSK

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    Picked up the latest book by Dan Brown (self proclaimed not-a-car-guy praising his Model X in a recent interview), author of Da Vinci Code, Inferno, Angels and Demons etc.

    In the book, one of the the main characters, Edmond Kirsch, futurist and entrepreneur, has a Model X P90D. Very positive mention of Tesla and its features (summon, Autopilot, Ludicrous acceleration etc).

    But you know the book is fictitious when it says, quote: "... his favorite sports car - a Tesla Model X P90D that Elon Musk had allegedly hand-delivered to him as a gift..." :)

    The book appears to be average, but mentioning Tesla takes it one level above average.
     
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    Almost bought it the other day. I'll have to go back to the bookstore! Yeah, "as a gift" gave it away as fiction! Lol!!!
     
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    The fun thing is that Kirsch, via a hack, managed to make FSD work !

    Well it is fiction after all :)
     
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    Science Fiction is sometimes call Speculative Fiction. Sounds right to me for this one... :D
     
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    Dan is also a Model X owner. Here's a quote from a recent profile of him in the NYT:

    The World According to Dan Brown

    "Mr. Brown does not have a lot in common with Edmond Kirsch, the futurologist and entrepreneur of his book, but they do share a car: the Tesla Model X, the least expensive version of which costs about $80,000. Among other things, it can drive and park itself.

    [...] he bought a Lexus hybrid SUV, and then after that a Tesla sports car, which also did not sit easily with him.

    “I felt like a jerk,” he said. “ I felt like I needed a gold chain and a ponytail or something. This one feels like the minivan of Teslas.”

    He and I got into the car, which indeed looked kind of minivan-esque until it accelerated from 0 to 60 in under three seconds, right in the (not very long) driveway, and then switched lanes by itself on the highway."
     
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    In the book he can leave his hands of the steering wheel and FSD continues to work. No nagging from the dash... fiction at its best..
     
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    Did anyone else notice he says the X has halogen headlights? He puts so much research into these books to get something like this so wrong. It really grinds my gears. Anyone else get annoyed by this?
     
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    Wait, let me get this straight: You got annoyed by Brown writing halogen lights, but not that the Model X parked itself in the underground garage of Kirsch's residence in Barcelona? It's a SF novel after all, so maybe the halogen lights in Kirsch's X are part of AP3.0 and FSD, that we're not yet aware of? :) :) :)

    BTW, Dan Brown is a Model X owner himself, according to this article:
    The World According to Dan Brown

    "Mr. Brown does not have a lot in common with Edmond Kirsch, the futurologist and entrepreneur of his book, but they do share a car: the Tesla Model X, the least expensive version of which costs about $80,000. Among other things, it can drive and park itself."

    I'm pretty sure he knows what kind of lights his MX has, so there must be a reason to write that. Or perhaps he's just joking :)
     
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    Using "halogen" was done on purpose. It was done to symbolize the disconnect between the protagonist and automobiles. ;)
     
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    But it is by far the best book by Dan Brown!
     
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    @Mitrovic Zoran, it was alright, but I don't share the sentiment that it's his best. It was a good read, but his first books were better, IMHO. I think if I was given this book without knowing the author, I would've guessed with 100% certainty that it is from Dan Brown. Too obvious and similar to the other. The theme itself though, was thought-provoking, I must admit. Would still recommend it!
     
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