technothrillers

Read an excerpt from Malka Older’s cyberpunk/technothriller novel Infomocracy.

It’s been twenty years and two election cycles since Information, a powerful search engine monopoly, pioneered the switch from warring nation-states to global microdemocracy. The corporate coalition party Heritage has won the last two elections. With another election on the horizon, the Supermajority is in tight contention, and everything’s on the line.

With power comes corruption. For Ken, this is his chance to do right by the idealistic Policy1st party and get a steady job in the big leagues. For Domaine, the election represents another staging ground in his ongoing struggle against the pax democratica. For Mishima, a dangerous Information operative, the whole situation is a puzzle: how do you keep the wheels running on the biggest political experiment of all time, when so many have so much to gain?

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Movie:

Jurassic Park (and its subsequent sequels):  During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok. In the sequels people keep ending up on the abandoned islands. And then for some reason despite all the danger in the three movies, they STILL manage to open Jurassic World in the fourth one! 

Yeah these movies are awesome (some more so than others). I bet you can hear the T-Rex roaring in your head when you look at that top gif. 

Books:

Yes most of these will involve dinosaurs:

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Flying malware: the Virus Copter

At the 2012 San Francisco Drone Olympics (now called DroneGames, thanks, no doubt, to awful bullying from the organized crime syndicate known as the International Olympic Committee), there were many fascinating entries, but the champion was James “substack” Halliday’s Virus-Copter (github), which made wireless contact with its competitors, infected them with viruses that put them under its control, sent them off to infect the rest of the cohort, and then caused them to “run amok.”

Many people have written to point out that Virus-Copter shares some DNA with one of the plot elements in my novel Pirate Cinema, but I assure you the resemblance is entirely coincidental. Drones, after all, are stranger than technothrillers.

Here’s the $300 drone the competitors were flying.

The payload virus.tar includes:

   node cross-compiled for the ARM chips running on the drones
*    felixge’s ar-drone module
*    some iwconfig/iwlist wrappers in lib/iw.js
*    open wireless networks in nodes.json (gathered by the deployment computer)

Report from the DroneGames (formerly Drone Olympics ;-))

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