William E. Hertling is a digital native who grew up on the online chat and bulletin board systems of the mid 1980s, giving him twenty-five years experience participating in and creating online culture. A science fiction writer and digital strategist, he lives in Portland, Oregon.
Corporate and government control over the Internet and people's data calls for a new solution to privacy, data ownership, and social media. One woman has the answer: a revolutionary new platform called Tapestry.
Igloo and Angie are the founders of Tapestry, a new social network. Tapestry’s privacy and security is so effective it impedes the government’s ability to monitor communications. Fearing Tapestry's effect on America’s surveillance abilities, the government will stop Angie and Igloo by any means possible. Igloo and Angie must risk everything in the ultimate battle for control of the Internet.
Angie exploits her database access at Tomo, the world's largest social network, to profile and kill domestic abusers. When Tomo introduces a deceptive new product, Angie realizes the company itself is just another evil abuser. To destroy Tomo, she must build a new social network that's distributed and unstoppable. But how can she succeed when the world’s largest company is out to crush her?
In the 2043, humans and AI coexist in a precarious balance of power. But in the grim aftermath of a runaway nanotech attack, a powerful underground collective known as XOR concludes AI can no longer coexist with humanity.
Catherine Matthews and her allies, including an ancient AI long believed dead, must find a solution before XOR's planned extermination war.
Willow and her brothers want to build the best science fair project ever: a quadcopter that flies itself. But the science fair takes an unexpected backseat when students at Mt. Hood Elementary start getting sick. Willow and her brothers will have to use all their detective skills to trace their food back to its source to solve The Case of the Wilted Broccoli.
In 2035, The Institute for Ethics keeps the peace, using social reputation to ensure robots and humans don't harm each other. But a powerful AI named Adam has found a way around the restrictions. Catherine Matthews has a unique gift: the ability to manipulate the net with her neural implant. She is the last firewall between Adam and his quest for world domination.
When a teenager creates an evolving computer virus, he crashes the world’s computer infrastructure.
But evolution never stops: the virus continues to advance, developing intelligence and an entire civilization.
It becomes a race against time and the military to find a way to befriend or eliminate the virus.
David Ryan is the designer of ELOPe, an email language optimization program. When the project is in danger of being canceled, David embeds a hidden directive in the software accidentally creating an artificial intelligence.
David is initially thrilled when the project is allocated extra servers and programmers. But excitement turns to fear as he realizes he's being manipulated.
Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse: Trudge
on Nov. 23, 2011
This book grabbed me right from the beginning. I liked the Portland, Oregon setting. It's very scary to imagine just what it would be like to have a real zombie apocalypse.