technothrillers

Four astronauts land on Mars for a routine mission. They fall into the middle of an intergalactic battle and are forced to return with a strange being to a parallel universe.

Through deceit and betrayal and after being introduced to advanced weaponry, alien civilizations, they find out that Earth will have to pay the price of the greatest war ever.

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WIRED by Douglas E. Richards

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Kira Miller is a brilliant genetic engineer who discovers how to temporarily achieve savant-like capabilities in all areas of thought and creativity. But what if this transcendent level of intelligence brings with it a ruthless megalomania?

David Desh left the special forces after his team was brutally butchered in Iran. Now he has been reactivated for one last mission: find Kira Miller, the enigmatic genius behind a bioterror plot that threatens millions. But when Desh learns that the bioterror plot is just the tip of the iceberg, he is thrust into a byzantine maze of deception and intrigue, and he becomes a key player in a deadly game he can’t begin to understand. A game that is certain to have a dramatic impact on the future course of human history…

WIRED is a smart thriller crammed with breakneck action, unexpected twists, mind-expanding science, and intriguing concepts readers will be contemplating long after they’ve read the last page.

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Sphere

Michael Crichton

“A page-turner…Chichton’s writing is cinematic, with powerful visual images and nonstop action. This book should come with hot buttered popcorn.”
NEWSWEEK
A group of American scientists are rushed to a huge vessel that has been discovered resting on the ocean floor in the middle of the South Pacific. What they find defines their imaginations and mocks their attempts at logical explanation. It is a spaceship of phenomenal dimensions, apparently, undamaged by its fall from the sky. And, most startling, it appears to be at least three hundred years old….
“The suspense is real.”
THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

Surprise! I Published a Short Story! (Sort of!) Get "Venus in Red" Today for $0.99!

Surprise! I Published a Short Story! (Sort of!) Get “Venus in Red” Today for $0.99! #amwriting #amreading #author #newrelease

Hey guys,

Surprise! I hit publish on a short story yesterday. :D

Sort of.

You guys might remember a few months back when I told you I had a story in The Telepath Chronicles, another installment in the bestselling Future Chronicles SFF anthology series. Well, that story was Venus in Red, and according the contract I signed for the anthology, I could not publish that story outside the anthology for…

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New Post has been published on Just Kindle Books

New Post has been published on http://www.justkindlebooks.com/free-mash-up/

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“Klingler makes supreme use of his tech knowledge in a grisly mystery that strives to address the ethics of content ownership. His effortlessly clever prose makes the subject thoroughly entertaining…a thoughtful, well-constructed tale.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Cleverly designed, [Mash Up] is the perfect detective read, as well as a classic addition to the noir genre.” — San Francisco Book Review (5 of 5 Stars)

Join detectives Qigiq, the Alaskan detective from Klingler’s award winning debut novel RATS, and his fast-driving partner Kandy as they search for a beautiful musician who has been missing since leaving for a date with a man called Mony. The arrival of an Amazon box whose content sends the roommate into hysterics leads to a midnight “accident”, a boat named With A Bullet, and a web of cyber-clues: a shocking YouTube video, a mysterious virus attacking music fans, and the curious power of a craigslist ad. Free on Kindle.

I don’t normally do this, but my friend just got his first book published in both e-book and paperback. It’s a techno-thriller and all proceeds are going to charities supporting underprivileged and low-income students. Take a peek and see if it’s your kinda thing!

Cool Reads: 12 Of The Best Time Travel Books I've Seen

Cool Reads: 12 Of The Best Time Travel Books I’ve Seen

Time travel is definitely one of my favorite topics in speculative fiction. Honestly, I don’t know how anyone can’t love reading about it, right? Just thinking about time travel really sets things in motion in your head where you start imagining the possibilities, and if you’re anything like me, then you start thinking about string theory and alternate dimensions – and before you know it you’re…

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Latest Update On Newest Released And Soon To Be Released Thrillers-4/3/15

Just to give you an update on the release dates for the newest additions to the series that I have reviewed.

Soon to be Released

Ramez Naam’s Apex (Expected Release Date 5/5/15)

A Nexus Novel

Global unrest spreads as mass protests advance throughout the US and China, Nexus-upgraded riot police battle against upgraded protestors, and a once-dead scientist plans to take over the planet’s…

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Feature: Why I edited a novel on an iPad (and why I Kickstarted it afterwards)

After noting that I planned and wrote a novel on my MacBook Pro 17, it might surprise you to learn that I did much of the editing on my iPad.

I began the editing on my Macs – the Pro when I was at home, the Air when I was elsewhere. At that point, I still wanted to be in Scrivener in case structural edits were needed: scenes that needed to happen earlier or later in the story.

I also used my Macs to incorporate feedback from alpha and beta readers. Alpha readers were subject-matter experts (airline pilot, aircraft engineer, software developers and so on), who could identify any technical errors or omissions. Beta readers were technothriller fans who provided more general feedback on the story itself.

I sent them PDFs of the novel which I asked them to annotate. I could then edit with the annotated PDF on the left of my screen, the novel in Word on the right, making it easy to search for phrases in order to make the necessary edits.

But when it came to my own edits, most especially getting a feel for how well the story flowed, I wanted to actually read it as a book, not as a document on a computer screen. I thus turned it into an EPUB file so I could load it into iBooks on my iPad. I also formatted it as a paperback and got a few proof copies printed through a print-on-demand service. I could then experience reading it as a book in both ebook and paper forms.

This, I found, made a big difference. I found that there were sections where I got a little carried away with my fascination for the technical details, and where it made sense to simplify and shorten. I also found sections where the opposite was true: where I could heighten the tension by going into a little more detail about one scene before switching viewpoint.

When reading on my iPad, it made sense to make the edits on it too (opening the novel in Pages). And when reading the paperback, the instant on/off of the iPad made that a more convenient devices than a Mac to incorporate the edits from that.

So the process of planning, writing and editing the novel saw it variously take form as a Scrivener document, Word file, PDF, EPUB book and Pages document.

Once finally edited (eight drafts in all), it was time to think about getting it in front of readers. I initially had a fairly big-name agent (a story you can read over on Kickstarter), but the tl;dr version is that I eventually figured self-publishing was likely to be faster and probably net me a similar return.

The technical side of self-publishing isn’t too challenging for the average 9to5Mac reader. You need to get to grips with converting between a bunch of different file formats, and even techies will probably find life easier with some ebook creation software designed for the job, but it’s not rocket science.

What is rocket science is figuring out how you get people to find out that the book even exists. A VIP subscription to BiblioCrunch gets you email consultancy and access to a sizeable collection of really useful info and links among them services to publicize your book. These services range in cost from $99 up to four-figure sums. It was clear that some seed capital would be handy. Kickstarter was an obvious way to raise that seed money, with the added benefit of also providing some initial publicity itself.

I spoke with Maris Kreizman, who is in charge of Kickstarter’s publishing projects, to find out how viable a platform it is for self-publishing. The answer was pretty encouraging, with over 6,000 projects launched,with around a third of them getting funded.

The difference, says Kreizman, is largely one of presentation. Although you’re pitching a book, you still need visuals and video. And rewards should all be related to the book, rather than merchandising like t-shirts and the like.

Kreizman also warned that many publishing projects had failed to do their shipping sums properly, hence my decision not to offer a standard paperback as I could see that shipping costs could easily result in a loss. I also figured that the majority of technothriller fans were likely to want the novel in ebook form anyway.

As with conventional publishing, you shouldn’t expect it to be retiring anytime soon, but the Kickstarter generated enough seed money to buy a chunk of promotion, which will hopefully pay off when I launch on iBooks and Amazon in ebook form next month and paperback in July (once Kickstarter backers have gotten their copies first).

My Kickstarter ends on Thursday 17th.


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