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Idiots in the Machine

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Idiots in the Machine
CountryUnited States
PublisherBabelfish Press
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)
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Idiots in the Machine is a darkly comic 2001 novel by Edward Savio about a man who is inadvertently dragged into the media spotlight. The central character, Noel "Satan" Dorobek, is a reclusive near-genius who gets his nickname because he believes there are people living inside the earth, and that this is the Eden we were cast out of. Because he believes wearing tin foil keeps him safe from harmful gamma rays, he becomes a media sensation by marketing a successful line of tin-foil hats. The story is set in the U.S. city of Chicago, Illinois.


Savio was inspired to write Idiots after stumbling upon John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces. As Savio noted in his acknowledgement, the first two paragraphs of Idiots are an homage to Toole's opening.

Idiots in the Machine was actually sold as a movie before it was sold as a novel. Although it is common for film rights to be purchased before publication, Sony Pictures purchased the film rights for Academy Award-winning producer Wendy Finerman six years before the novel was published.[1] Savio has said in interviews that after writing several screenplay versions, he went back and rewrote the novel.

Film adaptation[edit]

Although purchased by Sony Pictures in 1995,[1] no film has yet been made. At one point Chris Farley was rumored for the lead role. He died in 1997, while Savio was completing the final screenplay draft. The pivotal scene in the novel takes place on top the John Hancock Center, which coincidentally, is where Farley was found dead in his apartment on the 60th floor.[2]

See also[edit]

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  • Tin foil hats in pop culture

Notes and references[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Daily Variety. November 20th, 1995, Front Page.
  2. "Chris Farley's Death Laid to Drug Overdose". New York Times. 1998-01-03. Retrieved 2008-06-07.

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