Infoquake (#1)

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How far should you go to make a profit?

Infoquake, the debut novel by David Louis Edelman, takes speculative fiction into alien territory: the corporate boardroom of the far future. It’s a stunning trip through the trenches of a technological war fought with product demos, press releases, and sales pitches.

Natch is a master of bio/logics, the programming of the human body. He’s clawed and scraped his way to the top of the bio/logics market using little more than his wits. Now his sudden notoriety has brought him to the attention of Margaret Surina, the owner of a mysterious new technology called MultiReal. Only by enlisting Natch’s devious mind can Margaret keep MultiReal out of the hands of High Executive Len Borda and his ruthless armies.

To fend off the intricate net of enemies closing in around him, Natch and his apprentices must accomplish the impossible. They must understand this strange new technology, run through the product development cycle, and prepare MultiReal for release to the public—all in three days.

Meanwhile, hanging over everything is the specter of the infoquake, a lethal burst of energy that’s disrupting the bio/logic networks and threatening to send the world crashing back into the Dark Ages.

With Infoquake, David Louis Edelman has created a fully detailed world that’s both as imaginative as Dune and as real as today’s Wall Street Journal.

Reviews

“Slick high-finance melodrama and dizzying technical speculation lift Edelman’s SF debut […] Bursting with invention and panache, this novel will hook readers for the story’s next installment.”

Publishers Weekly

“In web designer and programmer Edelman’s first novel, he moves quickly from scene to scene, building suspense with believable characters and in-the-know technical expertise. This series opener belongs in most SF collections.”

Library Journal

“A thought-provoking and terribly imaginative book [...] INFOQUAKE is one of those books that hooks you into the story and makes you never want to put the book down.”

L.A. Splash

“Brilliantly blending the cutthroat intrigues of the high-tech business world with revolutionary world building, Edelman could quite possibly be the love child of Donald Trump and Vernor Vinge. INFOQUAKE is one of the most impressive science fiction debuts to come along in years — highly recommended.”

Barnes & Noble Explorations

“David Louis Edelman knows the web and programming, and his description of human body programming rings true [...] Impossible to put down, and the background is well-defined and very believable. I want the rest of it.”

University City Review

“Libraries strong in speculative fiction will relish INFOQUAKE […] A fast-paced, engrossing saga of social change.”

Midwest Book Review

“INFOQUAKE is a stunning debut novel by a lucid, precise, and talented new voice in the genre.”

SFFWorld

“A high-speed, high-spirited tale of high-powered and low-minded capitalist skullduggery, corporate and media warfare, and virtual reality manipulation. It’s the sort of thing that would make a perfect serial for Wired magazine [...] Edelman seems to have convincing and convincingly detailed knowledge of the physiology and biochemistry of the human nervous system down to the molecular level. And cares about making his fictional combination of molecular biology and nanotech credible.”

Asimov's Science Fiction

“INFOQUAKE is a tech-heavy exercise in scientific speculation that combines economics, high technology and business mechanics into an all-too-human story of greed, loss and redemption.”

Bookgasm

“A very funny and insightful novel of modern economics through a futuristic funhouse mirror [...] It’s the kind of book that deserves to be passed quietly from cubicle to cubicle in tech companies around the nation and indeed around the world. And it’s the kind of novel that you want to be passing, the kind of novel you want to be reading.”

The Agony Column

“If all novels were as chockfull of ideas as Infoquake is, then science fiction would never have to worry about a shortage of sense of wonder [...] Edelman is like a more accessible [Charles] Stross; whereas Stross’s fiction is about as dense as it can get and still be readable, Edelman’s style is more inviting, and, to me, more appealing [...] Few first novelists manage as assured a debut as INFOQUAKE; almost all new authors stumble around a bit in their first novel, but Edelman comes off as a seasoned professional.”

Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show

“The hyperbole surrounding this novel seems justified — drawing on cyberpunk and singularitarian themes, it boldly places a banner for what is arguably a new sub-genre of science fiction [...] As an engaging fictional mirror of the modern world, written from an angle rarely used, this novel definitely marks Edelman as a writer to keep an eye on.”

Futurismic

“A brisk, well-told science fiction adventure set in the normally unadventurous world of business [...] Edelman handles it all with considerable narrative drive [...] A simple old-fashioned story, where incident crowds onto incident, where jeopardy makes us hold our breath, and rabbits are pulled from the hat only at the very last moment.”

New York Review of Science Fiction

“There’s always the risk that a complicated setting will overwhelm character and story, but Edelman avoids this pitfall, evoking a surprising amount of empathy for the amoral yet oddly charming Natch, and injecting a tremendous amount of suspense into what is essentially a saga of corporate politics [...] The novel also addresses weighty themes: the destructive price of greed, the unchanging relentlessness of the human drive to innovate and to compete [...] An entertaining and intelligent debut that should leave readers eager for more.”

Fantasy Magazine

“Edelman casts the necessary deep hooks with effortless style. The surprising twist comes with the realisation that he reels in an infectious page turner without recourse to all-out Hollywood action [...] The breakneck scramble through the concluding pages only fuels your hunger for more. Edelman's sequel simply can't get here fast enough.”

Death Ray Magazine

“A very strong debut novel mixing a historically detailed timeline with an intriguing technological future. David Louis Edelman makes reading about corporate shenanigans fun [...] INFOQUAKE should appeal to just about any SF reader, but if you like Herbert’s Dune or any of [Charles] Stross’s work, you should really enjoy this book.”

SFSignal

“With his debut novel Infoquake, David Louis Edelman constructs a believable yet highly imaginative vision of the future [...] Edelman has taken several societal trends and extrapolated them to their logical conclusions in constructing his vision of the future, and from this he comes up with something that is pretty unique [...] INFOQUAKE definitely hooks in the reader, and I for one can’t wait to get my grubby wee paws on the second installment.”

Meme Therapy

“This book was superb. I simply cannot believe that this is a debut novel, it reads so much more like the work of a seasoned writer [...] This book however is anything but boring — it grips you from the start and leaves you at the end of the book wishing you had book two at hand.”

The Eternal Night

“Edelman has found a way to keep you reading way into the wee hours of the morning drinking coffee like a computer programmer behind on his product launch. A fascinating piece of literary work that is bound to be considered a classic of science fiction. One, if not the top read of the year. A must have for any reader of science fiction. Could not recommend higher.”

Speculative Book Review

“INFOQUAKE is practically a cyberpunk novel, although unlike the works of William Gibson, author David Louis Edelman actually knows his subject and isn’t prone to making errors [...] Edelman has done an excellent job of bringing characters to life for a new writer. He even made business deals interesting. This is also very high grade science fiction, using the trappings and then adding more.”

SF Crowsnest

“This is a well-wrought, propulsive, and consistently readable book [...] INFOQUAKE emerges as a well-told, entertaining, and thought-provoking first novel. A solid start. Edelman's just might be a name to watch.”

Andromeda Spaceways

”One of my favorite novels in recent years [...] [Edelman is] one of the up-and-coming authors in the science fiction field.”

Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing

“As a debut novel, Edelman has done some good work here. His characters grow over the course of the story, the mark of a good writer [...] it does provide an interesting take on where the SF of the '30s is going [...] We can definitely expect to see more from Mr. Edelman.”

Ray Gun Revival

“An intense futuristic tale of business, intrigue, revenge and technology [...] This has the potential to be a terrific series filled with innovative concepts and enough double-dealing to keep the reader guessing.”

Monsters and Critics

“Edelman has managed to capture the mania and obsession of Internet moguls nicely [...] I found Infoquake interesting, and genuinely wanted to find out what happened next. The characters in the book are quite like people I’ve known in the world of international entrepreneurship.”

SFRevu

“What makes INFOQUAKE so compelling is Edelman's skillful rendering of the people he envisions at the very core of this culture. The ways in which people preserve their fundamental humanity in a future where it would be all too easy to let it go completely is something that isn't often explored very convincingly in even the best hard SF. Some writers have tried, but few have done as well as Edelman in asking the basic question of what kind of people would be produced by a world where tech and the body were one [...] How unfolding events leave their marks on the people caught up in them is where INFOQUAKE is at its most gripping.”

SFReviews.net

“A study in drive and power, Infoquake shows the drive and need behind the rise of new corporations [...] INFOQUAKE remains a raw and fascinating novel, with a fast pace and nifty economic themes.”

Prometheus, the newsletter of the Libertarian Futurist Society

“Edelman has created a fascinating world […] The interactions between Natch, Horvil and Jara (who is both attracted to and disturbed by her boss) are volatile, complex and very, very realistic. It is easy to believe in these people, and even feel like maybe this is a future that is not too far away […] It would be good to have a few months to ponder INFOQUAKE before plunging into the next work, as I plan to do this summer, exploring more of this utopia/dystopia and enjoying a truly compelling tale.”

Fast Forward TV

“Perfectly combines shifting perspectives and timelines to keep you hooked [...] I have never read anything else with this take on technology or the future [...] Unlike some future scifi settings where the cool technology feels more like James Bond gizmos designed to add color and flash to the story the technology in Infoquake is the basis for the story.”

SciFi-Fantasy Bookshelf

“INFOQUAKE reminds me of Richard Morgan's Takeshi Kovacs novels, without quite as much violence [...] It's one of those novels where the author isn't afraid to ask readers to commit to it and to make the effort to meet him halfway in visualising a very different world from the present one. It's an effort that pays off, thanks to the plucky yet isolated figure of Natch.”

Warpcore SF

“This is book one of the Jump 225 Trilogy, and Edelman has started off in an extremely interesting manner.”

Baryon Magazine:

"Infoquake is a rare beast: a future history that is simultaneously convincing and wondrous."

Sean Williams, New York Times best-selling author of GEODESCIA: ASCENT

"David Louis Edelman's INFOQUAKE may be a new subgenre unto itself: the science fiction business thriller."

Chris Roberson, Sidewise Award-winning author of HERE, THERE & EVERYWHERE

"Inventive and provocative, with a surprisingly emotional kick. Read this book, and then argue about it."

Kate Elliott, author of CROWN OF STARS

Awards & Accolades

USA

Barnes & Noble: 2006 “Science Fiction Book of the Year”

USA

2006 Astounding Award Finalist

USA

#5 Bookgasm: “5 Best Sci-Fi Books of 2006”

USA

#4 Grasping for the Wind: “Best of the Year 2008”

USA

Post-Weird Thoughts: “Best Novels 2008”

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