Red Queen: The Substrate Wars (Volume 1)
Miembro desde 1996
Miembro desde 1996
Título: Red Queen: The Substrate Wars (Volume 1)
Editorial: Jeb Kinnison
Condición del libro:New
They fought their governments... to free the world! RED QUEEN is a science fiction thriller set in the US of a not-too-distant future, when the Bill of Rights is ignored and the US is run by the Unity Party, combining the worst of Democrats and Republicans. Red Queen is a story about young people searching for freedom and agency in a world dominated by bureaucrats, administrators, and propagandists. The world of Red Queen is a police state with its roots in today's events: post-9/11 warrantless physical and electronic surveillance; the erosion of personal liberties for supposed security reasons, even when the government's actions are shown to be ineffective or wrongheaded; and the rise of a penal-industrial complex that imprisons one in three black men, often for victimless crimes. When the next terrorist action occurs, there may be calls for even more restrictions on freedom and privacy. That's where Red Queen begins. JUSTIN SMITH is a grad student studying simulated biology. He was home-schooled and read the classics of economics and history. He recognizes the police state for what it has become, but also knows to keep his head down; STEVE DUONG is a child prodigy, self-taught in Vietnam, who has distinguished himself in mathematics and physics and is now researching advanced quantum computing. Steve makes the discovery that could change everything; SAMANTHA WEST is a daughter of West LA privilege, self-assured and knows what she wants—and she brings Justin into the cause; BEN RAMIREZ leads the Students for Liberty, a student civil liberties organization, and believes in the Constitution. This is Book 1 of the Substrate Wars series. The story starts on a California college campus just a decade from now. The world is post-terrorist disaster: repressive and censored, governed like China is today but with a stagnant economy and no jobs for young people. The students are cowed but not unaware, and they seize an opportunity when the government's actions start to hit home even in academia. When they discover a new technology that could either free mankind or be the ultimate weapon for governments to control their citizens, they must decide what to do. Homeland Security and the Chinese government are one step behind; spies and traitors lurk in unexpected places. Who will determine how to use this great technology—free citizens or governmental bureaucrats?About the Author:
I grew up in the Midwest, child of a schizophrenic father and a hardworking single mother. I read everything I could in the school and town library, and discovered science fiction in second grade, starting with Tom Swift books and quickly moving to Heinlein juveniles and adult science fiction. When I was twelve, I discovered the collection of city telephone books in my local library. I pretended I was doing a paper and called Isaac Asimov; we spoke for a long time, and he sent me a postcard encouraging me to write. So thank you, Isaac, wherever you are, for being so kind and generous with your time. Robert Silverberg had no time for that kind of nonsense... I studied computer and cognitive science at MIT, and wrote programs modeling the behavior of simulated stock traders and the population dynamics of economic agents. Later I did supercomputer work at a think tank that developed parts of the early Internet (where the engineer who decided on ‘@‘ as the separator for email addresses worked down the hall.) Since then I have had several careers—real estate development, financial advising, and counselling. I retired from financial advising a few years ago and have done some work in energy conservation (ask me about two-stage evaporative coolers!) and relationship issues. My books on attachment theory have done well enough to try fiction again, and the Substrate Wars series is the result. Visit my web site at JebKinnison dot com for more: rail guns, Nazi scientists, the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, the 1980s AI bubble, and current research in relationships, attachment types, diet, and health. Visit the Substrate Wars website at SubstrateWars dot com for more on upcoming books, physics, and the politics of the future.
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