Chuck McAndrew

After On

Summary: 
An excellent near future, speculative fiction story which explores what might happen if artificial intelligence "wakes up". This book tackles weighty themes such as artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, and nihilistic terrorism in an amusing, and sometimes bizarre way. Highly recommended. As a bonus, the author has an excellent podcast that you can find at https://after-on.com if you find these ideas interesting.

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Version Control: A Novel

Summary: 
Time travel, autonomous cars, and the rise of Big Data are some of the ideas explored in this near-future novel that reads more like contemporary literature than a science fiction novel. Rebecca Wright is the wife of a physicist who is working on a "Causality Violation Device" (not a time machine!). She can't shake the feeling that something is off in her world. It feels like something has changed, but she doesn't know what.

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Summary: 
Three deeply flawed characters battle substance abuse, mental illness, and terrifying global conspiracies in this dystopian techno-thriller. As Joseph Heller said in Catch-22, "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you."

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The Gone-Away World

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Set in a post-apocalyptic world this novel follows the story of a group of ex-special forces soldiers turned truckers. This science-fiction/military thriller/comedy/kung-fu novel moved into my top-ten of all time list.

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The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

Summary: 
This fascinating book tells the story of the making of the Oxford English Dictionary. This mammoth project aimed to define every word in the English language and provide a reference to the earliest known usage of each word. The professor set out to organize this nation wide effort, but he would have never been successful without the help of the madman!

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Summary: 
Three deeply flawed characters battle substance abuse, mental illness, and terrifying global conspiracies in this dystopian techno-thriller. As Joseph Heller said in Catch-22, "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you"

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