THE UNCOMMON SERIES gets a new look

My first novel came out four years ago and quickly grew into a trilogy. The Uncommon Series is a fast-paced, deeply-researched near-future thriller that follows the irrepressible Mara Winkel as she leads her brand new tech startup from garage to IPO and gets caught up in an international conspiracy along the way. The series remains the #1 top-rate financial thriller on Amazon and wrestles with the challenges of entrepreneurship and the social implications of technology. A few months back, I talked to the original cover designer about updating the visual identity of the series. The results blew me away and we "stealth" launched them last week.

Check out the gorgeous new editions and let me know what you think. The design is based on a flow snake fractal and the "static" type was originally the product of an error in the design software that we immediately fell in love with. You can see more details about the art direction and side-by-sides with the original covers here. If you haven't read Mara's story yet, now's the time.

The Mental Gymnastics of Space Travel

In the latest Incoming Transmission over at Scout, I talk to novelist Meg Howrey about the inner lives of astronauts. Read the interview right here.

Meg shares many thought-provoking insights into the human experience of astronauts, the psychology of peak performance, and the cultural power of the final frontier. Her novel, The Wanderers, is a deep, awe-inspiring, and thoughtful story about three astronauts preparing to go to Mars (I featured it in my reading recommendation newsletter). As her protagonists struggle through a brutal seventeen month training exercise that simulates every aspect of the impending journey, Howrey illuminates the hearts and minds of these extraordinary people with clarity and precision. In doing so, she shows that our dreams of exploring space reveal as much about human nature as they do about the cosmos.

You can find more Incoming Transmissions from visionary authors like Malka Older, Cory Doctorow, and Kim Stanley Robinson here.

BANDWIDTH is now available for preorder

My new novel, Bandwidth, is now available for preorder. Bandwidth is a science fiction thriller about hackers and spies grappling over the geopolitics of tech and climate change. Imagine Mr. Robot meets The Americans, with techno utopian activists hijacking the global feed to influence the psychology of world leaders. Bandwidth comes out May 1.

I put my heart and soul into this book, synthesizing everything I've learned about the social implications of accelerating technological change, the hidden systems that shape our world, and why history's movers and shakers do what they do.

My dearest hope is that the result is a compelling adventure that will suck you in, challenge your assumptions, and stick with you long after you finish it. But don't take my word for it. The Verge ran an exclusive excerpt and two of my very favorite authors have said some nice things about Bandwidth already (which gives me serious fanboy jitters):

“A smart techno-thriller that plays out the near future of data immersion, the digital divide, and climate change with mind-expanding effectiveness.” -Malka Older, author of Infomocracy

“An all-too-plausible thriller of power, morality, and global consequences. What would you do to wield influence? How far would you go to wield it for good? Bandwidth’s answers may disturb you.” -Ramez Naam, author of Nexus

Preorder Bandwidth right here. I can't wait to hear what you think of the story when it comes out in May. In the meantime, I'm hard at work drafting the sequel.

(If you're a reviewer/media and want to read an advance review copy of Bandwidth, email me.)