When two menacing dark-suited men turn up looking for them, Daniel and his best friend Cameron know they’re in deep trouble. Their illicit online activities have finally caught up with them – although it was how their team played a computer game that got them watched by scientists working for the military.
The choice is between going to jail or joining other ultra-competitive teenagers in a top secret project to pilot and develop combat droids.
It might seem an easy decision, but Daniel and his friends are going to find they’re the only thing standing in the way when all hell breaks loose.
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Oren Lockwood is a rising star at Divine Providence Incorporated, one of a handful of global supercorporations that tyrannise an overheated and downsized post fossil-fuel world.
He is employed to spy on Divine’s rivals and engaged to marry the daughter of their fiercely ambitious CEO. This is the man behind the game-changing Prolepsis engine: software capable of building predictive extrapolations of the world, populated by AI copies of its digitally over-sharing inhabitants.
Oren’s callous Manhattan City friends envy his lifestyle and prospects. They desperately strive for similar advancement, but live in perpetual fear of being offboarded to live – or more likely die – amongst the ‘Tumbleweeds’ as the elite class refer to those replaced by androidisation or otherwise deemed surplus to the supercorporations’ ever-changing needs.
In a violent and precarious world Oren seems to be on a fixed path to a bright future, if someone can only convince him he wants it.
But when his obsession with a mysterious AI woman leads him into immense danger, Oren will have to decide if she is his nemesis or everything that is missing from his life.
Sean Henderson’s latest is a fast-paced speculative fiction thriller set in a dark dystopian near-future with shades of Philip K Dick, William Gibson, George Orwell’s 1984 and so much more…
As the old world burned, the elite departed to colonise space in search of a new home. Most of the human species perished on earth’s surface, but a protected few remained. Many generations passed without question, but now suspicions are starting to rise. Follow the story of Maz and her best friend Hap, as a chance encounter with a stranger lures them into a mission to decide the future of humankind.