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Infoquake

Volume I of the
Jump 225 Trilogy

David Louis Edelman

400pp • ISBN: 978-1-59102-442-2
Trade Paperback (6" x 9") • $17
July 2006
Cover Illustration and Design:
©2006 David Stevenson

 


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

"Edelman has created a fascinating world….[It's] Edelman's characters that make this book shine….[the relationships between the characters] 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. Although this title is not a new release, now is a good time to get a copy, as this is Volume 1 of the Jump 225 trilogy and the next volume, Multireal, will be released this July. 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/distopia and enjoying a truly compelling tale."
—Fast Forward Book Review, Washington DC cable television show (also posted on their website: www.fast-forward.tv)

"David Louis Edelman's vision of the future is so alive and full of energy the pages are practically buzzing. Wonderfully intricate with smart, satisfying complexity, Infoquake and its sequel MultiReal serve up a world where mindbending technologies promise a freedom nearly as endless as the Machiavellian ambitions of those who would control them."
—Nick Sagan, author of Idlewild, Edenborn and Everfree

"[H]igh-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, given the nature of its ad base, if it ever decided to publish fiction."
—Asimov's

"…a well-wrought, propulsive, and consistently readable book….a well-told, entertaining, and thought-provoking first novel. A solid start. Edelman's just might be a name to watch."
—Andromeda Spaceways

"[I]nsanely great enough to make your head pop right off your neck….it's a great novel to be sure, an infinitely smart page-turner that will have your brain spinning for days afterward."
—Chicago Center for Literature and Photography

"[A] triumph of speculation....I would say it's Wall Street meets Neuromancer....Pyr is quickly becoming the standard by which all other sci-fi imprints are judged, and Infoquake is no exception."
—Bookgasm.com

"Infoquake provides us not only with a good, well-thought narrative, with convincing dialogue and characters… Edelman manages to create realistic figures almost to the point of melodrama, but keeping a balance so they have internal coherence, filled with purpose but being at the same time contradictory in their choices and actions... Infoquake and MultiReal are very refreshing novels… In Infoquake and MultiReal, Edelman has strived for a well-thought, really thorough examination of politics and society of the universe he created. A good writer can do no less when setting out to do something in that level."
—Post-Weird Thoughts blog

"Infoquake is one of those books that hooks you into the story and makes you never want to put the book down. But once you have decided that you must get some sleep before work the next day, you put the book down and find yourself unable to stop thinking about the questions raised by the story."
—LA Splash

"[M]akes the boardroom an interesting place to read about....A very strong debut novel mixing a historically detailed timeline with an intriguing technological future. David Louis Edelman makes reading about corporate shenanigans fun....Edelman seems to be channeling Charlie Stross in his ability to imagine future tech and the consequences arising from its use.... Infoquake should appeal to just about any SF reader, but if you like Herbert's Dune or any of Stross's work, you should really enjoy this book."
—SFSignal.com

"Looking at the title and cover, there was a pause for thought as to just what I was going to read here. As it turns out, Infoquake is practically a cyberpunk novel .... This is a fully realised reality with none of its fears...mind you, these characters have problems of their own. Before you get totally carried away that this is a cyberpunk novel, I should point out that this is also at the business end in that we follow how small companies who develop nanotechnology software are formed and the skulduggery involved in rising to the top in the future....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. One can only hope the other two books in this trilogy maintains this standard."
—SFCrowsnest.com

"David Louis Edelman keeps the action coming at a breakneck pace...Infoquake never lacks in excitement. The politics are fascinating, and the day-to-day juggling performed by corporate officers have never been so interesting. I enjoyed Infoquake very much...As a softcover first edition, Infoquake seems an obvious frontrunner in the race to win this year's Philip K. Dick Award. This is the first novel (in a trilogy) from an author who indisputably has loads of talent and more importantly, original ideas."
—"I Hope I Didn't Just Give the Ending Away" blog

"[T]he genre might not be quite the same after this book ... a stunning debut novel by a lucid, precise, and talented new voice in the genre.... With an already impressive list of authors in their stable, Pyr looks to have nabbed one of, if not, the next big thing in Science Fiction. This may be THE science fiction book of the year."
—SFFWorld.com

"Slick high-finance melodrama and dizzying technical speculation lift Edelman's SF debut, the first of a trilogy....Bursting with invention and panache, this novel will hook readers for the story's next installment."
—Publishers Weekly

"Inventive and provocative, with a surprisingly emotional kick. Read this book, and then argue about it."
—Kate Elliott, author of Crown of Stars

"Infoquake is a rare beast: a future history that is simultaneously convincing and wondrous. David Louis Edelman takes no shortcuts to a destination quite unlike any visited before - and we are richer for it."
—Sean Williams, New York Times best-selling
author of Geodesica: Ascent

"A fascinating glimpse into an all too possible future of business, software, wetware, and over-powerful technocrats."
—Tobias S. Buckell, author of Crystal Rain

"New ideas in the world of science fiction are hard to come by, and to be honest, I'm not sure just how new Infoquake really is, but it feels new. David Edelman's debut is about cutthroat economics, technologic innovation, and government control that are played out in corporate boardrooms, work stations, and product release presentations. Most importantly, Infoquake remains engaging throughout.... Edelman has created a fully-realized future with many parallels to the world we live in now – the boom and bust, high-tech, high-rolling economy will be familiar to many of us, as are the questionable actions of corporations and the world government. But the real power of this novel is in the players. Natch is brilliantly intimidating and mysterious and Edelman is at his best as he delves into Natch's past. The book is a remarkably 'easy' read with a good flow and pace. The supporting material is just that, supporting. Infoquake is a futuristic corporate thriller of a different sort and the first installment of the Jump 225 Trilogy....The book is compelling and suspenseful while it stands well on its own, but the reader is left wanting more, needing to know what will happen next. Edelman's first book is a wonderful debut and one of the
best books released this year."
—Neth Space blog



David Louis Edelman

David Louis Edelman is a Web designer, programmer, and journalist. Over the past ten years, Mr. Edelman has programmed Web sites for the U.S. Army and the FBI, taught software to the U.S. Congress and the World Bank, written articles for the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun, and directed the marketing departments of biometric and e-commerce companies. He lives with his wife, Victoria, in Washington, DC.

Visit David Edelman's Web site at: www.infoquake.net.

Photograph: © Victoria Blakeway Edelman