"It’s Never Too Late To Be What You Might Have Been." –George Eliot
Dexter Fletcher – Protagonist. American. Looks like Malcolm Gladwell. Tall, lanky, scrawny with frizzy, curly red hair. Nerdy. Works as a data scientist consultant. Possesses no athletic ability whatsoever. In mid-thirties. Grew up in the rustbelt Midwest.
Charlotte Xu — Mysterious woman who first meets Dexter the first morning he’s in Shanghai. She approaches him during breakfast in the dining area at the hotel. She interviews/passes him and gives him the special phone on which he receives all future instructions.
Tunney – “A gutless slimeball.” Formerly worked with Kat at Foogle in Darwin. Was her boss or manager? Kat suggests that Tunney’s been turned by the CCP and that’s how JFL was able to get their hands on the initial designs and blueprints for Oracle.
Devana — Dexter’s sister. When she was young, was enamored with Japanese culture like anime, manga, Godzilla, etc.
Cai Xia – Banished political exile of the CCP. Former professor at the prestigious Central Party School that trains high-ranking CCP officials and statemen.
Cai Fudong – Xia’s son. Prodigal son returned to China to rival Xi’s power and regime.
Jack Bao – Fifth richest man in China. Father founded Weibook. After a power struggle that he lost, Jack was ousted from the company that his father founded. In his fifties.
Amanda Bao – Jack’s wife and Shu’s sister. Nearing forty. Also a CRISPR baby.
Oracle – The secretive surveillance system that monitors Urumqi 24/7. Housed in Building 11 on the JFL campus.
Mysterious Corporate Entities
VenPulse – A company on the JFL campus.
Foogle – A multi-national super-conglomerate. Some kind of unholy Frankenstein-mashup of Facebook and Google in the future. It’s a merger that honestly should’ve never happened and clearly violates dozens of American antitrust laws. But the Department of Justice was asleep at the wheel.