Even if you don't know much about the details of Solomon Park's life, you've heard his name. One of the most gifted inventors in history—and, as a direct result, one of the wealthiest men of our time—his creation, the Survive Anything Machine, changed the course of the 21st century, lowering mortality rates across a wide range of the most dangerous fields still featuring human-majority employment. Its impact on the spheres of business, technology and politics cannot be overstated.
While you may never have heard of Genevieve Malheur, she too is a master practitioner in her own right. After beginning her career as a reporter in the Karachi bureau of the Washington Post, where she covered the Sino-Pakistani war, she left for a freelance career highlighted by her investigative reporting and commentary on social and cultural issues. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 2080 for her essays on the street children of New Cascadia.
This week Halcyon magazine put out a new collection of Malheur's work, including a previously unpublished profile of Solomon Park. The curiosity (or skepticism, depending on your viewpoint) that led Malheur to so many scoops compelled her to pull at what she perceived to be loose threads in Park's biography, and in the origin story of the Survive Anything Machine put forth by his company, Chronos Labs. Her research ultimately led her beyond the received hagiography of the SAM, with its jaw-dropping tales of Park's early field tests, and into the realm of the heart.