Chris Dietzel
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Did any of your favorite books inspire you in writing "The Cause"? If so, which ones and how?

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Roderick Vincent George Orwell wrote about the fully evolved totalitarian state in "1984". My intention was to write something futuristic and dystopian that was pre-Orwellian where the shape of a totalitarian state was still forming (only a few years into the future). I'd say there is a bit of "Hunger Games" in it as the characters are pitted against one another out in the wilderness. The intent differs between the two, however. In the "Hunger Games", the characters are fighting for survival for a society's entertainment, whereas in "The Cause" it is a clever filtering mechanism by the leader of The Abattoir. Other influences were "Diary of a Bad Year" by J.M. Coetzee because of his ideas on the State, "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens because it deals with revolution, and James Bamford’s "The Shadow Factory" (more used for research) because it is about the NSA which is a major topical issue in the novel with one of the main characters being the Director.
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