David Louis Edelman
'Infoquake' mass market paperback cover


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Barnes & Noble’s Science Fiction Book of the Year 2006
John W. Campbell Memorial Award Nominee for Best Novel 2006
John W. Campbell Award Nominee for Best New Writer 2007
#5 on Bookgasm’s 5 Best Sci-Fi Books of 2006
#4 on Grasping for the Wind’s Best of the Year 2008
On Post-Weird Thoughts’ List of Best Novels 2008

From Mainstream Critics

Barnes & Noble Explorations:
“David Louis Edelman’s debut novel — the first installment of his Jump 225 Trilogy — is equal parts corporate thriller, technophilic cautionary tale, and breathtakingly visionary science fiction adventure. Donald Trump meets Vernor Vinge.” (Full Review) “Brilliantly blending the cutthroat intrigues of the high-tech business world with revolutionary world building, Edelman could quite possibly be the love child of Donald Trump and Vernor Vinge. Infoquake is one of the most impressive science fiction debuts to come along in years — highly recommended.” (Full Article)

Publishers Weekly:
“Slick high-finance melodrama and dizzying technical speculation lift Edelman’s SF debut, the first of a trilogy… Natch’s being a borderline sociopath makes him extremely creative in business tactics and personal manipulation (and thus fascinating to read about). The world in which he operates is also fascinating, with awesome personal powers being sold on a frantic open market. Edelman, who has a background in Web programming and marketing, gives his bizarre notions a convincing gloss of detail. Bursting with invention and panache, this novel will hook readers for the story’s next installment.” (Full Review)

Library Journal:
“In web designer and programmer Edelman’s first novel, he moves quickly from scene to scene, building suspense with believable characters and in-the-know technical expertise. This series opener belongs in most SF collections.” (Full Review)

L.A. Splash:
“A thought-provoking and terribly imaginative book… Infoquake is one of those books that hooks you into the story and makes you never want to put the book down. But once you have decided that you must get some sleep before work the next day, you put the book down and find yourself unable to stop thinking about the questions raised by the story.” (Full Review)

University City Review:
“David Louis Edelman knows the web and programming, and his description of human body programming rings true… Impossible to put down, and the background is well-defined and very believable. I want the rest of it.” (Full Review Not Online)

Midwest Book Review:
“(5 Stars) Libraries strong in speculative fiction will relish Infoquake… A fast-paced, engrossing saga of social change.” (Full Review)

From Science Fiction Critics

“The manner in which people who experienced Dune upon its publication speak about Herbert’s opus is not dissimilar to the feeling Infoquake elicits — the genre might not be quite the same after this book… Infoquake is a stunning debut novel by a lucid, precise, and talented new voice in the genre… This may be THE science fiction book of the year.” (Full Review)

Norman Spinrad, Asimov’s:
“A high-speed, high-spirited tale of high-powered and low-minded capitalist skullduggery, corporate and media warfare, and virtual reality manipulation. It’s the sort of thing that would make a perfect serial for Wired magazine… Edelman seems to have convincing and convincingly detailed knowledge of the physiology and biochemistry of the human nervous system down to the molecular level. And cares about making his fictional combination of molecular biology and nanotech credible.” (Full Review)

Infoquake is a triumph of speculation. Edelman has foreseen a nanotech future of warring corporations and stock markets of personal enhancement in which both the good and the bad of the present day are reflected with an even hand and startling clarity… it’s Wall Street meets Neuromancer.” (Full Review) “Infoquake is a tech-heavy exercise in scientific speculation that combines economics, high technology and business mechanics into an all-too-human story of greed, loss and redemption.” (Full Article)

The Agony Column:
“Edelman has one hell of a hoot taking high-tech marketing out to draw and quarter it with style and panache. Infoquake is a very funny and insightful novel of modern economics through a futuristic funhouse mirror… It’s the kind of book that deserves to be passed quietly from cubicle to cubicle in tech companies around the nation and indeed around the world. And it’s the kind of novel that you want to be passing, the kind of novel you want to be reading.” (Full Review) “Edelman, [Cory] Doctorow and [Charles] Stross are, like all great science fiction writers, not really writing about the future. They’re responding to the present… Edelman’s vision in this regard is particularly sharp and particularly on-point. There’s a certain amount of satire going on here, but Edelman is quite serious about his world, which makes it all the easier to invest in his characters and settings.” (Full Article)

Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show:
“If all novels were as chockfull of ideas as Infoquake is, then science fiction would never have to worry about a shortage of sense of wonder… Edelman is like a more accessible [Charles] Stross; whereas Stross’s fiction is about as dense as it can get and still be readable, Edelman’s style is more inviting, and, to me, more appealing… Few first novelists manage as assured a debut as Infoquake; almost all new authors stumble around a bit in their first novel, but Edelman comes off as a seasoned professional.” (Full Review)

“The hyperbole surrounding this novel seems justified — drawing on cyberpunk and singularitarian themes, it boldly places a banner for what is arguably a new sub-genre of science fiction… As an engaging fictional mirror of the modern world, written from an angle rarely used, this novel definitely marks Edelman as a writer to keep an eye on.” (Full Review)

New York Review of Science Fiction:
“A brisk, well-told science fiction adventure set in the normally unadventurous world of business… Edelman handles it all with considerable narrative drive… A simple old-fashioned story, where incident crowds onto incident, where jeopardy makes us hold our breath, and rabbits are pulled from the hat only at the very last moment.” (Full Review)

Fantasy Magazine:
“There’s always the risk that a complicated setting will overwhelm character and story, but Edelman avoids this pitfall, evoking a surprising amount of empathy for the amoral yet oddly charming Natch, and injecting a tremendous amount of suspense into what is essentially a saga of corporate politics… The novel also addresses weighty themes: the destructive price of greed, the unchanging relentlessness of the human drive to innovate and to compete… An entertaining and intelligent debut that should leave readers eager for more.” (Full Review Not Online)

Death Ray Magazine:
“(4 stars) Edelman casts the necessary deep hooks with effortless style. The surprising twist comes with the realisation that he reels in an infectious page turner without recourse to all-out Hollywood action… The breakneck scramble through the concluding pages only fuels your hunger for more. Edelman’s sequel simply can’t get here fast enough.” (Full Review Not Online)

“(4 1/2 stars) A very strong debut novel mixing a historically detailed timeline with an intriguing technological future. David Louis Edelman makes reading about corporate shenanigans fun… Infoquake should appeal to just about any SF reader, but if you like Herbert’s Dune or any of [Charles] Stross’s work, you should really enjoy this book.” (Full Review)

Meme Therapy:
“With his debut novel Infoquake, David Louis Edelman constructs a believable yet highly imaginative vision of the future… Edelman has taken several societal trends and extrapolated them to their logical conclusions in constructing his vision of the future, and from this he comes up with something that is pretty unique… Infoquake definitely hooks in the reader, and I for one can’t wait to get my grubby wee paws on the second installment.” (Full Review)

The Eternal Night:
“(Rating: 9 out of 10) This book was superb. I simply cannot believe that this is a debut novel, it reads so much more like the work of a seasoned writer… This book however is anything but boring — it grips you from the start and leaves you at the end of the book wishing you had book two at hand.” (Full Review)

Speculative Book Review:
“(Rating: 10 out of 10) Edelman has found a way to keep you reading way into the wee hours of the morning drinking coffee like a computer programmer behind on his product launch. A fascinating piece of literary work that is bound to be considered a classic of science fiction. One, if not the top read of the year. A must have for any reader of science fiction. Could not recommend higher.” (Full Review)

SF Crowsnest:
Infoquake is practically a cyberpunk novel, although unlike the works of William Gibson, author David Louis Edelman actually knows his subject and isn’t prone to making errors… Edelman has done an excellent job of bringing characters to life for a new writer. He even made business deals interesting. This is also very high grade science fiction, using the trappings and then adding more.” (Full Review)

Andromeda Spaceways:
“This is a well-wrought, propulsive, and consistently readable book… Infoquake emerges as a well-told, entertaining, and thought-provoking first novel. A solid start. Edelman’s just might be a name to watch.” (Full Review)

Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing:
“One of my favorite novels in recent years… [Edelman is] one of the up-and-coming authors in the science fiction field.” (Full Podcast and Interview) (MP3, 31.3 MB)

Ray Gun Revival:
“As a debut novel, Edelman has done some good work here. His characters grow over the course of the story, the mark of a good writer… it does provide an interesting take on where the SF of the ’30s is going… We can definitely expect to see more from Mr. Edelman.” (Full Review) (PDF, 7.30 MB)

Monsters and Critics:
“An intense futuristic tale of business, intrigue, revenge and technology… This has the potential to be a terrific series filled with innovative concepts and enough double-dealing to keep the reader guessing.” (Full Review)

“Edelman has managed to capture the mania and obsession of Internet moguls nicely… I found Infoquake interesting, and genuinely wanted to find out what happened next. The characters in the book are quite like people I’ve known in the world of international entrepreneurship.” (Full Review)

“(4 out of 5 stars) What makes Infoquake so compelling is Edelman’s skillful rendering of the people he envisions at the very core of this culture. The ways in which people preserve their fundamental humanity in a future where it would be all too easy to let it go completely is something that isn’t often explored very convincingly in even the best hard SF. Some writers have tried, but few have done as well as Edelman in asking the basic question of what kind of people would be produced by a world where tech and the body were one… How unfolding events leave their marks on the people caught up in them is where Infoquake is at its most gripping.” (Full Review)

Prometheus, the newsletter of the Libertarian Futurist Society:
“A study in drive and power, Infoquake shows the drive and need behind the rise of new corporations… Infoquake remains a raw and fascinating novel, with a fast pace and nifty economic themes.” (Full Review Not Online)

Fast Forward TV:
“Edelman has created a fascinating world… The interactions between Natch, Horvil and Jara (who is both attracted to and disturbed by her boss) are volatile, complex and very, very realistic. It is easy to believe in these people, and even feel like maybe this is a future that is not too far away… It would be good to have a few months to ponder Infoquake before plunging into the next work, as I plan to do this summer, exploring more of this utopia/dystopia and enjoying a truly compelling tale.” (Full Review)

SciFi-Fantasy Bookshelf:
“(4 out of 5) Perfectly combines shifting perspectives and timelines to keep you hooked… I have never read anything else with this take on technology or the future… Unlike some future scifi settings where the cool technology feels more like James Bond gizmos designed to add color and flash to the story the technology in Infoquake is the basis for the story.” (Full Review)

Warpcore SF:
“(4 out of 5 stars) Infoquake reminds me of Richard Morgan’s Takeshi Kovacs novels, without quite as much violence… It’s one of those novels where the author isn’t afraid to ask readers to commit to it and to make the effort to meet him halfway in visualising a very different world from the present one. It’s an effort that pays off, thanks to the plucky yet isolated figure of Natch.” (Full Review)

Baryon Magazine:
“This is book one of the Jump 225 Trilogy, and Edelman has started off in an extremely interesting manner.” (Full Review Not Online)

From Authors

Ian McDonald, Author of Brasyl:
“So fresh and good I shamelessly stole an idea from it: the whole premise of a future corporate thriller… Buy Infoquake, read it… Give him the Philip K Dick award.” (Full Article)

Kate Elliott, Author of Crown of Stars:
“Inventive and provocative, with a surprisingly emotional kick. Read this book, and then argue about it.”

Sean Williams, Author of The Crooked Letter:
Infoquake is a rare beast: a future history that is simultaneously convincing and wondrous. David Louis Edelman takes no short cuts to a destination quite unlike any visited before — and we are richer for it.”

Nick Sagan, Author of Idlewild, Edenborn, and Everfree:
“David Louis Edelman’s vision of the future is so alive and full of energy the pages are practically buzzing. Wonderfully intricate with smart, satisfying complexity, Infoquake and its sequel MultiReal serve up a world where mindbending technologies promise a freedom nearly as endless as the Machiavellian ambitions of those who would control them.”

Tobias Buckell, Author of Ragamuffin:
“A fascinating glimpse into an all-too-possible future of business, software, wetware, and over-powerful technocrats.”

Joseph Mallozzi, Writer and Executive Producer for Stargate:
“An astonishingly original first novel… The author does a wonderful job of worldbuilding, fashioning a highly detailed history to compliment his complex society… Infoquake achieves in doing something much contemporary sci-fi is hard pressed to do: pull off a fresh and wholly original concept.” (Full Review and Discussion)

Paul Cornell, Novelist and Screenwriter for Doctor Who:
“[Infoquake] stayed with me, kept on impressing me way after I’d finished it… Its setting is something I haven’t seen for a long time, a quite distant future that is nevertheless utterly plausible… I have faith in this Mundane masterpiece.” (Full Article) “My favourite SF novel of the year. A future of business and competition that we can all identify with, which neatly avoids apocalyptic cliché.” (Full Article)

Chris Roberson, Author of Set the Seas on Fire:
“David Louis Edelman’s Infoquake may be a new subgenre unto itself: the science fiction business thriller. Set in a fully realized future world, the narrative is more interested in the economic impact of future technologies than in the technologies themselves. The suspense derives entirely from politics and economics, and the most exciting moments (and they are exciting!) surround new product launches. Edelman doesn’t resort to any of the typical tricks to keep the reader turning pages, but I found that I still couldn’t turn them fast enough.”

Matthew Jarpe, Author of Radio Freefall:
“If you like Charlie Stross, you’ll like this book. If you wish you understood what everyone else is saying about Charlie Stross, you will really like this book.” (Posted on an Asimov’s reader forum, no longer online)

From Bloggers

Rob H. Bedford, Rob’s Blog o’ Stuff:
Infoquake just might be THE Science Fiction novel of the year, if not the past five years. David Louis Edelman has done so many things right in this book, from the plausible next steps in human society to the characters, all the notes ring true.” (Full Article)

Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist:
“David Louis Edelman’s Infoquake just might be one of the very best science fiction debuts I have ever read. The book deserves all the praise it has garnered, and then some!… Had I read it when it was originally released, Infoquake would have trumped Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora, Naomi Novik’s His Majesty’s Dragon, Brian Ruckley’s Winterbirth, and Joe Abercrombie’s The Blade Itself.” (Full Review)

Evo Terra, The Dragon Page and Podiobooks.com:
“One of the best books I read in 2006 was Infoquake by David Louis Edelman.” (Full Article)

Neth Space:
“(Rating: 8 out of 10) Edelman has created a fully-realized future with many parallels to the world we live in now… But the real power of this novel is in the players. Natch is brilliantly intimidating and mysterious, and Edelman is at his best as he delves into Natch’s past… Edelman’s first book is a wonderful debut and one of the best books released this year.” (Full Review)

Harriet Klausner, Amazon’s #1 Customer Reviewer:
“(5 Stars) The reason this futuristic science fiction seems plausible is the depth of detail interwoven into the cat-and-mouse story line, so much so that the audience will accept nano-technology bio/logics as happening today… In the first Jump 225 tale, David Louis Edelman writes an exciting thriller that grips the audience.” (Full Review)

William Lexner, I Hope I Didn’t Just Give Away the Ending:
“David Louis Edelman keeps the action coming at a breakneck pace, and despite the lack of SFnal tropes such as interstellar travel and space battles, Infoquake never lacks in excitement… Infoquake seems an obvious frontrunner in the race to win this year’s Philip K. Dick Award.” (Full Review) “Perhaps the best recent take on the dangers of widespread capitalism. A wondrous and scathing debut novel.” (Full Article, listing Infoquake as one of the Top 50 Speculative Fiction Works This Decade) “I do believe [Infoquake] has a shot to win the Hugo. It is the most successful attack on the future of mega-corporations and the inevitable failure of our current economic system thus far written… a must-read of 2006.” (Full Article)

Jason Pettus, Chicago Center for Literature and Photography:
“(Rating: 9.3 out of 10 for science fiction fans) Some of the ideas Edelman bandies about here are insanely great enough to make your head pop right off your neck… It’s a great novel to be sure, an infinitely smart page-turner that will have your brain spinning for days afterwards.” (Full Review) “This dense story is literally a genre fan’s dream; an entire universe with an entire glossary full of backstory, and even with an expansive website devoted to those who want to know more, allowing fans of such expansive universes to really wallow in all the details of it all… This fan-turned-professional delivers in spades everything a lover of smart science-fiction would ever want.” (Full Article)

Christian Sauvé:
“A good and solid SF debut that should put Edelman in consideration for the Dick and Campbell awards… Edelman has obviously paid attention during his own dot-com experience, and the result is a science fiction novel that has fully internalized the lessons of the past decade… Fluent in the languages of business and information technology, Infoquake is a ride through a fresh future, a strong debut from a promising writer, and a proud representative of Pyr’s early line-up.” (Full Review)

Paula Guran, DarkEcho Blog:
“Despite a high-tech gleam and plausible hard science polish, [Edelman’s] debut novel Infoquake is the sort of SF that non-SF readers can enjoy too.” (Full Article) “[Infoquake] is SF, yes, but SF about cut-throat business practices and competitive programming (a way-cool concept of sorta programming in thin air), with an endearingly sociopathic protagonist, and lotsa, lotsa nifty techno-supposings, and an interesting concept of guild/spiritual family/religion/union groups in a technocracy. Highly imaginative use of the current Zeitgeist.” (Full Article)

Chris Nakashima-Brown, No Fear of the Future:
“David Louis Edelman’s postcyberpunk Infoquake is the imminent business thriller Richard Morgan wishes it could be.” (Full Article)

Grasping for the Wind:
“Edelman has succeeded in making the world of the corporate boardroom into an adventure-filled narrative. What John Grisham has done with the legal thriller, Edelman has done with business… The climax is fulfilling and exciting, yet it is only a speech, and a marketing one at that. Edelman has so well woven the elements of his plot together that Natch’s simple speech has as much power and excitement to it as another science fiction story’s destruction of a spaceship or a fantasy’s evil overlord dying hideously at the hands of a hero. That takes skill to write, and Edelman has it in spades. I highly recommend this novel.” (Full Review)

Steve Spaulding, The Human Race:
“(Rating: 8.5 out of 10) The book is fast paced from the start, although the action is much more cerebral than physical… [Edelman] is clearly a master at fleshing out his concepts. The story drew me in from the start, and I’m eagerly anticipation the forthcoming volumes.” (Full Review)

Huntress Reviews:
“(Rating: 5 stars) If a story can be food for thought, then this novel is a banquet!… I was riveted throughout the entire tale… This book took my breath away — more than once. I look forward to the next installment of this trilogy.” (Full Review)

“The technology is fantastic as well as believable… Infoquake shows how a good sci-fi story can, and should, be. It shows the effect of technology on humanity and focuses on the humanity rather than the technology.” (Full Review)

Not Free SF Reader:
“(Rating: 4 out of 5 stars) Infoquake is something like the bastard child of the [Charles] Stross Mancx family and the [Piers] Anthony Tyrant, that grew up on a steady diet of old 2000 AD. Again, Pyr has picked a good book.” (Full Review)

The Scattering:
“I believe we have a new prophet of the dangers of government expansion in the realm of technology. Ladies and Gentlemen, David Louis Edelman.” (Full Article)

Post-Weird Thoughts:
“Edelman manages to create realistic figures almost to the point of melodrama, but keeping a balance so they have internal coherence, filled with purpose but being at the same time contradictory in their choices and actions… While William Gibson was interested in obtaining aesthetical and narrative effects, his friend Bruce Sterling was more into politics. Edelman took this Sterling-esque trend and stretched it as far as he could — and he did a hell of a job.” (Full Review)

Walker of Worlds:
“One of the most entertaining novels I’ve read… If you want to read an extremely entertaining and different take on science fiction that will keep you hooked from start to finish then look no further. Infoquake is one hell of a book and would have been in my top five last year had I got my backside around to reading it. An excellent read.” (Full Review)

The Write Thing:
“(Rating: 8 out of 10) A fantastic mashing of hard SF and economic thriller that few have tried and fewer still have succeeded at… Infoquake comes flying out of the near-future gates and thunders down a racecourse of high-tech thrills and cutthroat commercialism. Stunning!… A must-read for any soft-to-hard SF fans, and a great step into a rich new world for commercial thriller readers who want to dip a toe into a new pool of literature… Read this book, now.” (Full Review)

“Possibly one of the best sci-fi, computer based novels I have ever read. For me, Infoquake has virtually everything I crave in fictional techno-fiction.” (Full Review)

Kyle Brady, Nerdly Book Review:
“(5/5 stars) Wow. This book was considerably better than I was expecting.  The short-form review is easy to put as ‘The way William Gibson should have learned to write’… The book is highly coherent and solid in a way I’ve learned to not expect from the cyberpunk genre.” (Full Review)

David Pitt, Between the Lines:
“The book is clever and imaginative, and Edelman, a web programmer by trade, makes this far-future story feel completely contemporary, as though we were living in his invented world.” (Full Review)

John League:
“David Louis Edelman’s Infoquake is just that: something different. It’s Big Idea Science Fiction… It’s not like anything you’ve ever read before… Which is why it is all that much more amazing that Edelman managed to raise the stakes high enough to rivet me to the page.” (Full Review)

Mode 7 Games Blog:
Infoquake and its sequel MultiReal are the same for me. I can’t recommend it enough — go buy Infoquake now.” (Full Article)

Nephtis, Wotmania:
“It has that Ender’s Game appeal that you don’t have to be a scifi fan to enjoy it (but if you are grounded in genre lore, you still find something new and fresh to enjoy), and is actually reminiscent of Michael Crichton’s high-tech corporate intrigues. A good test of the book is that it makes me want to read more from the same genre.” (Full Review)

Blog, Jvstin Style:
“Like the best science fiction, [Infoquake] holds up a mirror to the present by showing an extreme version in the future… In a climate where fantasy seems ascendant over SF, and every other book in the F/SF section of the bookstore is yet another new first novel about werewolves/vampires/faeries/demons/ghosts/wendigos in the modern world, Infoquake is unabashedly straight up 200 proof science fiction.” (Full Review)

Darths, Droids and Matthew Stover:
“(Final Score: 5 out of 5) The book’s concept of bio/logics is fascinating… I can’t wait to read the next volume of the Jump 225 trilogy to see how this all turns out. Definitely one of the better sci-fi novels I’ve read.” (Full Review)

Al Billings, In Pursuit of Mysteries:
“Engaging and interesting… As promised by other reviewers, the book was just bursting with new ideas and lots of fun. Besides, when the highlight of the book isn’t killing people but is, instead, shipping a software project, it is pretty close to home.” (Full Review)

Multiverse Reviews:
“David Louis Edelman attacks the sci-fi genre and infuses it with his stunning vision of humanity’s future… This book carved a brand new universe using alternate history, detailed imagination and Edelman’s computer programming background.” (Full Review)

Mishka Bloglin:
“It’s got that ‘just-right’ mix of future-tech exposition, socio-economical presupposition, and snarky anti-anti-heroism that is the hallmark of a good Gibson or Stephenson tome. Come to think of it, it’s very much in the same class of ‘scientific-adventure-with-a-touch-of-technological-hypothesis’ that Liberation: Being the Adventures of the Slick Six After the Collapse of the United States of America is… This book is equal parts Liberation and Snow Crash. With maybe a slight dash of Neuromancer.” (Full Review)

Tomas L. Martin, blogger for Futurismic and reviewer for SFCrowsnest:
“This biotech-based future is astonishingly believable. It’s remarkable to have a novel that’s packed with action, excitement and tension when the action itself is more what you’d see in the Financial Times or Wall Street Journal. With the sequel, MultiReal, out later in 2008 you’d be well advised to pick this one up and refresh your memory on one of 2006’s great debuts.” (Full Review)

The One-Minute Critic:
“David Louis Edelman does a great job describing both [the characters’] process of creating the technology as well as their mindset around selling it and getting it out to the people who can give them the money to get to the next level… Pretty fantastic.” (Full Review)

Michael Andryuk:
“David Edelman shows us that even a new author can be a master… Infoquake is the best book I read in 2008. It has everything required of great science fiction: technology, psychology and an enthralling story. Anyone that reads science fiction should pick this up, even if you don’t prefer hard sci-fi.” (Full Review)

“This is a really good first novel by David Louis Edelman. The world building is realistic. The characters are not black and white, they grow… A product is much more than just making it. It’s nice to see it depicted. David’s experience in the business shows.” (Full Review)

Book Hermit:
“(Listed as one of the top 3 books of 2009) This is one of those books where I am left wondering at the end of it whether it will be the start of a whole new sub-genre of SciFi. There are hints of ‘cyberpunk’ here and there in the story, but that just barely begins to describe it.” (Full Article)

Experiments in Reading:
“There are some really cool ideas in Infoquake… Overall, I found Infoquake to be quite engrossing. Edelman’s writing moves at a quick pace… Edelman has some great ideas and interesting characters and I’d like to see where he takes things in the next book.” (Full Review)

“What [Edelman] does well is make software development exciting… He weaves politics, corporate rivalries, malicious hacking, social engineering and software development into a fun story… I highly recommend this to any science fiction fan. It’s futuristic enough to satisfy someone used to traditional hard SF or space opera, but grounded enough I keep thinking of it as ‘near future.'” (Full Review)

Brent, MySpace blogger:
Infoquake is cool… Author David Louis Edelman has written a novel that takes a look at corporate marketing and shoved it into the future, bringing an interesting slant onto the genre by focusing not only on technologies but the frisson that comes from struggling to stay at the pinnacle of the user-driven business.” (Full Review)

From the Case Files…
“A truly compelling and unique future setting that mixes programming, bio-genetics (or bio/logics) and economic theory. It reads kinda like a libertarian capitalist Dune, if you swap out the Spice for the Market, replace the dueling Houses with mega corporations, and think of Muad’Dib as less of a messiah and more of a cut-throat entrepeneur looking to make a lot of money.” (Full Review)

Wuzzup at SebastianLibrary.com:
“The most extraordinary envisioning of social and technological innovations… really thought-provoking.” (Full Review)

“Probably the coolest SF I’ve read in the last 5 years.” (Full Review)

From Readers

War Arrow, The Faction Paradox Community:
“Now that I’ve emerged four days later from the heroin stupor of being lost in this fucking thing, even dreaming about it at one point… pardon my language but FUCK ME SIDEWAYS WHAT A BOOK!… This is one of the most gripping, and utterly convincing things I’ve read in a long time… The pace is tense, thrusting, and businessy (as I suppose these things would be in real life) without resorting to cheap literary tricks or airport blockbuster cliches… I’m all gushed out. Fucking AMAZING novel, quite frankly.” (Full Review)

Leonardo Da Vinci, Amazon reviewer:
“This book literally had me sitting on the edge of my seat. The plot was tense and moved at a quick space despite not having many congenital action sequences (however there is plenty of intellectual action going on). This book gave me a newfound appreciation of what science fiction can accomplish and I look forward to reading MultiReal.” (Full Review)

Deathmetalroze, Goodreads reviewer:
“Best cyberpunk book EVER, since the classics that gave birth to the genre!!! I randomly picked it up at the Dallas airport and I am SO glad I did! Fast-paced with believable science set in a future that is not too difficult to imagine.” (Link)

James F. Browning, Amazon reviewer:
“I’ve grown bored with sci-fi lately and his books really kicked the genre around a little and left it crying in a defenseless heap in a bad part of town it’s never been to. (I mean that in a good way.) I grew up reading Philip K. Dick, William Gibson, Doc Smith, Isaac Asimov and Frank Herbert… and I haven’t been this impressed with anything sci-fi since reading those authors back in high school. I seriously can not heap enough praise upon him for his work.” (Full Review)

Norman A. Levinson, Amazon reviewer:
“This is Edelman’s 1st book and 1st of a (Jump 225) trilogy and is arguably worthy of a Hugo, Nebula, Philip K. Dick, and/or John Campbell Award… It takes a lot to establish critical mass for a cyberpunk purist on the heels of Snow Crash and Neuromancer, but Edelman does and successfully keeps the reader from eating, bathing or connecting with the real world until they have reached the last page, just as Stephenson and Gibson did.” (Full Review)

Devilwrites, LibraryThing reviewer:
“Boardroom SF, people. Who knew? I think Edelman has definitely made a splash in the genre, and I think those interested in the worlds and technologies found in Charles Stross’s works and Vernor Vinge’s… will be entertained by this book.” (Full Review)

SHM, Amazon UK reviewer:
“Edelman has created a very plausible future, where holographic internets, politics, programming and marketing all meet at the start of a brilliant and exciting trilogy.” (Full Review)

Da3mon, Goodreads:
“Very enjoyable cyberpunk. Definitely sits among Neuromancer, Snow Crash, and Accelerando for me.” (Link)

Eoghann, Goodreads reviewer:
“A remarkable work of future world building. The biotech is very convincing as is the future history that Edelman has constructed. The world may in fact be the most complex and compelling character in the book.” (Full Review)