We Are Satellites
By Sarah Pinsker
A novel about one family and the technology that divides them. It's Black Mirror meets This Is Us.
Everybody’s getting one.
The Pilot is a new brain implant that helps users multi-task with 100% focus and precision. Think binge watching a Netflix series while writing a research paper, and somehow concentrating fully on both.
Val and Julie just want what’s best for their kids, David and Sophie. So when teenage son David comes home one day asking for a Pilot, they reluctantly agree. This is the future, after all.
Soon, Julie feels mounting pressure at work to get a Pilot to keep pace with her colleagues, leaving Val and Sophie part of the shrinking minority of people without the device. Before long, the implications are clear, for the family and society: get a Pilot or get left behind. With government subsidies and no downside, why would anyone refuse? And how do you stop a technology once it’s everywhere?
Those are the questions Sophie and her anti-Pilot movement rise up to answer, even if it puts them up against the Pilot’s powerful manufacturer and pits Sophie against the people she loves most.
Read if you: have ever said the words "Wait, what was I saying?"