David Louis Edelman David Louis Edelman

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who are you?
    I’m the author of the Jump 225 Trilogy, including the novels Infoquake (2006) MultiReal (2008) and Geosynchron (2010). I’m also a web programmer, consultant, and designer. I live in Northern Virginia and work part-time in downtown Washington, D.C. for a brand and identity consulting firm called Beveridge Seay.
  2. Are you related to Scott Edelman, Marian Wright Edelman, Ric Edelman, Randy Edelman, Herb Edelman or the Edelman PR firm?
  3. What is the Jump 225 Trilogy about?
    My original elevator pitch for the trilogy was “Dune meets the Wall Street Journal.” But I’ve also heard “Neuromancer meets Wall Street,” “Boston Legal meets The Matrix,” and “the love child of Donald Trump and Vernor Vinge.” Any of those will do.
  4. Are foreign rights and film rights still available for Infoquake, MultiReal and Geosynchron?
    As of this writing (September 2010), yes. See the Contact page for information about who to talk to if you’re interested.
  5. Are any of the novels in the Jump 225 Trilogy available in electronic versions?
    Yes indeed. Infoquake and MultiReal are both available in e-book format on the Amazon Kindle. If you’ve got a Kindle, you can download Infoquake, MultiReal and Geosynchron within minutes. For those without a Kindle or Kindle software, you can still read 30,000 words each from Infoquake, MultiReal, and Geosynchron online.
  6. How about audio versions?
    Alas, not yet. Not because of any hesitancy on my part, but because the audiobook rights aren’t in my hands. In the meantime, you can listen to the opening chapters of Infoquake and MultiReal on this website.
  7. I bought Solaris’ mass market version of Infoquake, but I can’t seem to find a mass market version of MultiReal.
    Simple reason for that, and it has nothing to do with the sales of Infoquake: Solaris was on hiatus for most of 2009 until their acquisition by Rebellion in September 2009. During that time they acquired no new titles. The Solaris mass market (pocket) paperback is still widely available in bookstores (at least in the U.S.). I’m hopeful that they’ll eventually release MultiReal and Geosynchron in mass market, but we’ll just have to see how things go.
  8. What’s with the shift in cover artists between the original Pyr edition of Infoquake and the Solaris edition?
    Pyr and Solaris made the joint decision to change directions on the series covers in an attempt to give the series better traction with science fiction audiences. (Read: the major book chains didn’t like the original cover.) I liked the original cover just fine, but I have to admit I’m wildly ecstatic about the new cover, painted by the great Stephan Martiniere.
  9. What’s your writing process like?
    I try to write every day for at least an hour or two (though I don’t succeed at this nearly as often as I’d like). I only do web programming part-time, so I get a lot more done on the days when I’m not programming. I addressed some of the details of my novel-writing process on the DeepGenre blog in the articles How to Write a Novel, Part 1 and Part 2.
  10. How did you get your novel published? How would you recommend I get my novel published?
    I wrote a series of articles about this on my blog. See How Did You Get Your Novel Published? Part 1 and Part 2.
  11. I’m a first-time author. My book is coming out soon and I have no idea how to promote it. What do you recommend?
    I wrote a series of articles about this on my blog too. (They’re actually some of the most popular articles on the blog.) See How I Promoted My Book, Part 1 and Part 2.
  12. Are the characters in the Jump 225 Trilogy based on people you know in real life?
    The characters of Natch, Jara, and Horvil aren’t based on any one particular person. They share a number of characteristics with various people I’ve worked with at dot-coms over the years. But they’re all heavily fictionalized.
  13. The Jump 225 books have a lot of politics and economics in them. How do you lean politically?
    Depending on the day of the week, I tend to think of myself as either a libertarian or a left-of-center Democrat. I would like the Republican Party a lot more if it wasn’t so full of religious wackos hell-bent on telling you what you can do in your own bedroom. Come to think of it, I would like the Democratic Party a lot more if it wasn’t so full of New Agey environmental calamatist yahoos.
  14. Why’s the trilogy called “Jump 225” anyway? It’s barely mentioned in the first two books.
    Re-read Natch’s dream sequence at the end of chapter 7. It sets up all of the key themes and metaphors for all three books, as well as the plot structure. It might make more sense after you finish Geosynchron.
  15. Who are your favorite authors?
    Some of my favorites, in alphabetical order: Douglas Adams, Paul Auster, Nicholson Baker, John Barth, Don DeLillo, Philip K. Dick, Stephen Dixon, E.L. Doctorow, Stephen R. Donaldson, William Gibson, Joseph Heller, Frank Herbert, Ward Just, Franz Kafka, Jerzy Kosinski, Milan Kundera, George R.R. Martin, China Mieville, Tim O’Brien, Mervyn Peake, Richard Powers, Thomas Pynchon, Philip Roth, J.K. Rowling, John Steinbeck, Neal Stephenson, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Kurt Vonnegut.
  16. Do you sell autographed books?
    I don’t have any organized process for selling autographed books yet. Feel free to contact me to discuss arrangements.
  17. What are you working on now that you’ve completed Jump 225?
    As of this writing (September 2010), I have a new (non-SF) project in the works, but no projected completion date or publisher yet.
  18. What kind of programming do you do?
    It’s more scripting than programming. I’m proficient in the basic technologies of the web (HTML, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, XML) as well as a number of back-end server technologies like ColdFusion, PHP, ASP, and Ruby on Rails. I’m also pretty handy with Photoshop.
  19. Can you design a website for me?
    Certainly. In addition to designing and programming this website, I’ve designed and programmed websites for other science fiction authors and the DeepGenre group blog. In my professional hat, I’ve designed and programmed websites for the U.S. Army, the FBI, and Rolls-Royce, among many others. Feel free to contact me for information about my rates.
  20. What’s the deal with you and Robert Stanek?
    Hell if I know. I wrote a blog post about the guy a few years back, and somehow it ended up as the top hit on Google for “Robert Stanek.” Does the guy really invent “fan” websites devoted to himself and post hundreds of rave reviews of his novels on Amazon? Dunno. I think he probably does, but you can judge the evidence for yourself. Has he somehow targeted me and my books for retribution? I wouldn’t be surprised if a couple of the one-star reviews on Amazon and Barnes & Noble belong to Stanek and his sock puppets, but I haven’t seen any evidence of a larger campaign. Enough people legitimately dislike my books as it is.