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Mind-bending thriller

Recursion is a New York Times Bestseller by Blake Crouch, author of Dark Matter and the Wayward Pines triology. Described as mind-bending, action-packed and deeply emotional, Recursion is science fiction thriller set in New York, exploring love, grief and the nature of memories.

When Barry Sutton fails to stop the suicide of a women suffering with False Memory Syndrome, a mysterious affliction that drives its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived, his search for the truth is more terrifying than any disease. Neuroscientist Helena Smith, whose mother has Alzheimer’s disease, has dedicated her life to creating a technology that will preserve our most precious memories forever. As their stories collide, Barry and Helena are trapped together in a loop of ever-growing chaos.

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Interview with Blake Crouch

(30 mins)

Blake Crouch joins us at the Radio Bookclub to talk about his latest science-fiction thriller Recursion, which has at its heart False Memory Syndrome — a mysterious affliction that drives its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived. NYC cop Barry Sutton searches for the truth and then comes face to face with an opponent more terrifying than any disease — a force that attacks not just our minds, but the very fabric of the past.


How are memories formed?

(27 mins)

The brain has billions of neurons interconnected by trillions of synapses. It is at these synapses where memories are made. Ground-breaking research by Timothy Bliss, Graham Collingridge and Richard Morris has transformed our understanding of memory, and offered new insights into devastating effects of failing memory.

This year they won the Brain Prize, the world’s most valuable award in brain research. Claudia Hammond meets them in front of an audience at London’s Royal Institution to discuss how memories are made.




Meet the Author

(2 mins)

Author of Recursion Blake Crouch discusses how much of himself he puts into his work, his writing environment, and shares his best fan interaction.


The Mandela Effect: A Critical Analysis

(16 mins)

As mentioned in Recursion, the Mandela Effect is when a large group of people misremember the same experience. However, many claim misremembrance is an insufficient explanation and choose to invoke the paranormal. This video looks at a number of popular Mandela Effect examples, in an effort to determine if this paranormal invocation is truly necessary.


What is Alzheimer’s disease?

(4 mins)

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia and also the best understood. It is thought to be caused by the formation of abnormal deposits of protein in the brain. A video from the Alzheimer’s Society, the leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers.



The Two Scientists Who Implanted a False Memory Into a Mouse


This is the original article that gave Blake Crouch the idea for Recursion, as mentioned in his podcast interview. In a neuroscience breakthrough, the science duo pioneered a real-life version of Inception. From the Smithsonian Magazine

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Netflix developing Recursion for Film and TV


Netflix has secured the rights to international bestselling author Blake Crouch’s book “Recursion” for a feature film, as well as a television universe. “Recursion” will be published by Crown on June 11, 2019.

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The Rise and Fall of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation


In late December 2019 the False Memory Syndrome Foundation (FMSF) announced its cessation, as of the end of the calendar year, not with a bang, but with a whimper, just a little note on the bottom of their website homepage. From ISSTD News.

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Recursion Reader’s Guide


Book club questions and topics for discussion. From Penguin Random House.

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Blake Crouch Author Website

Clifford Johnson Home Page

Description of False Memory Syndrome


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