Inspired by the true story of the Unabomber, Eileen Pollack’s fictional Technobomber is an incel archetype. His anger at the ways in which technology is destroying the environment and ruining the quality of human existence couples with a deep loneliness and inner rage at being unable to find love, driving him over the edge. The Professor of Immortality raises concerns about the people designing future technology and how it will affect our everyday lives.
Eileen is a writer whose novel Breaking and Entering, about the deep divisions between blue and red America, was named a 2012 New York Times Editor’s Choice selection. She also is the author of five novels, two collections of short stories. Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Pushcart Prizes, and Best American Essays.