Daniel Suarez is a master of the Techno-thriller and is an information technology consultant-turned-author. He initially published under the pseudonym Leinad Zeraus (his name spelled backwards). In the past Paramount Pictures optioned the film rights to his book Daemon and he won the 2015 Prometheus Award for Influx. If you are looking for something different in your thrillers, Daniel Suarez is worth a read.
Are smart phones really humanity’s most significant innovation since the moon landings? Or can something else explain why the bold visions of the 20th century—fusion power, genetic enhancements, artificial intelligence, cures for common disease, extended human lifespan, and a host of other world-changing advances—have remained beyond our grasp? Why has the high-tech future that seemed imminent in the 1960’s failed to arrive?
Perhaps it did arrive…but only for a select few.
Matthew Sobol was a legendary computer game designer, the architect behind half a dozen popular online games. His premature death from brain cancer depressed both gamers and his company’s stock price. But Sobol’s fans weren’t the only ones to note his passing. He left behind something that was scanning Internet obituaries, something that put in motion a whole series of programs upon his death. These programs moved money, recruited people, and killed people. These programs began to change the real world after the original programmer’s death.
Other novels by Suarez are Kill Decision and his newest Change Agent (April 2017).