Reflex - Steven Gould - NEW Novel
Davy has always been alone. He believes that he’s the only person in the world who can teleport. But what if he isn’t?
“Reflex”, released in 2004 , picks up ten years after the events in “Jumper”.
A mysterious group of people has taken Davy captive. They don’t want to hire him, and they don’t have any hope of appealing to him to help them. What they want is to own him. They want to use his abilities for their own purposes, whether Davy agrees to it or not. And so they set about brainwashing him and conditioning him. They have even found a way to keep a teleport captive.
Davy, a young man with the ability to teleport instantaneously to any location he can clearly visualize in memory, is now an adult and trying to lead a normal life with his wife Millie. He occasionally works for the National Security Agency, but only accepts jobs that he finds to be morally acceptable. During a meeting with his handler, Davy is kidnapped by a powerful group hoping to use his ability for their own nefarious purposes, and Millie (who has recently discovered that she, too, has the ability to 'jump') sets out on a quest to rescue him.
Reflex is the sequel to the novel Jumper, which was released in 1992, which tells the story of Davy at the age of 15, when he first realises he has the ability to jump. The series also features a movie based on Jumper released in 2008, and another book and video game each with the name "Jumper: Griffin's Story".
The film Jumper is a 2008 science fiction film from 20th Century Fox and New Regency Productions. It is loosely based on the 1992 science fiction novel of the same name by Steven Gould. Jumping is the same as Jaunting, which was first introduced in the 1956 science fiction novel, "The Stars My Destination" by Alfred Bester. The film is directed by Doug Liman, director of The Bourne Identity and Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and stars Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Rachel Bilson, Jamie Bell, Max Thieriot, AnnaSophia Robb, and Diane Lane. The film follows a person capable of teleporting to any location as he is chased by a secret group intent on killing him.
The script went through a rewrite prior to filming and the roles for the main characters were changed during production. Jumper was filmed in 20 cities in 14 countries between 2006 and 2007. The film was released on February 14, 2008 and a soundtrack was released on February 19. The film held the first position in its opening weekend with .3 million.
The film was released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in North America on June 10, 2008 and internationally on June 16. Special features include a commentary, deleted scenes, an animated graphic novel, featurettes, and a digital copy allowing consumers to watch the film on portable devices.
In November 2005, New Regency Productions hired director Doug Liman to helm the film adaptation of the science fiction novel Jumper by Steven Gould. Screenwriter Jim Uhls was hired to rewrite an adapted screenplay by David S. Goyer. However, Liman desired another rewrite and Simon Kinberg assisted in completing the script. Liman spoke on using the novel for developing the script: "This is 100% Steven Gould's story, it's just reinvented as a movie." In an interview with Steven Gould, he revealed that he approved of the deviations from the novel. Before filming was to begin, the studio announced plans to develop a trilogy based on the novel's premise.
While other films tend to use only one storyboard artist, Jumper required six artists who each worked on an individual action sequence. The artists were given specific instruction on the rules of the teleportation used in the film, to ensure accuracy in the storyboarding. One artist reflected on the instructions: "I was just thinking, 'How would a guy that can teleport fight?' So you were really pushing yourself to try to think of inventive, cool, spectacular ways that you could use this jumping talent that these characters have."
Jumper: Griffin's Story was made for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, and Wii consoles. The storyline focuses on the character Griffin as he attempts to avenge the death of his parents. Nicholas Longano of the video game publisher Brash Entertainment stated, "From the very first script read, we knew this had to be made into a game. The teleportation elements make for some very compelling gameplay." The game was released on February 12, 2008, two days before the film's wide release.
Oni Press also released a graphic novel that portrays several back stories related to the series titled Jumper: Jumpscars. The novel was released on February 13, 2008, one day before the film's wide release. A publisher for Oni Press commented on the tie-in to the film, stating: "The world that was being built around these characters was so well-realized and the mythology so interesting that other stories about this conflict would be plentiful and add to what the filmmakers were building." The novel was written by Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir and illustrated by Brian Hurtt.
But there’s one thing that they don’t know. No one knows it, not even Davy. And it might save his life.
About the Author
Steven Charles Gould (born February 7, 1955) is an American science fiction author. His works include the novels Waves, Jumper, Wildside and Helm, and the short stories Poppa Was a Catcher, Peaches for Mad Molly, Simulation Six, The Session and Shade, and they tend to have protagonists fighting to rid government of corrupt antagonists (with Greenwar being a bit of an exception). The struggle against corruption is the focus, rather than the technology. He is married to science fiction writer Laura J. Mixon.
The bibliography below includes Gould's novels, short fiction and essays and includes general themes for each of the novels.
Jumper (1992): Teleportation
Wildside (1996): Alternate dimensions, set in Texas, a group of high school seniors find a hole into an alternate reality, a pristine world unspoiled by man and human caused extinctions.
Greenwar (1997) with Laura J. Mixon: Deep Sea energy and Environmental Issues
Helm (1998): Mind control
Blind Waves (2000): Melted icecaps, massive refugee problems, set in Texas
Reflex (2004): Sequel to Jumper
Jumper: Griffin's Story (2007): Backstory of a character from Jumper the film
The Touch of Their Eyes (1980)
Wind Instrument (1981)
Gift of Fire (1981)
Mental Blocks (1985)
The No License Needed, Fun to Drive, Built Easily with Ordinary Tools, Revolutionary, Guaranteed, Lawnmower Engine Powered, Low Cost, Compact, and Dependable Mail Order Device (1986)
Poppa Was a Catcher (1987)
Peaches for Mad Molly (1988)
Simulation Six (1990)
The Session (1995)
Reflex - Steven Gould - NEW Novel
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