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A Digital Plague Top Ten from Jeff Somers

Orbit recently published Jeff Somers' second action-packed near-future novel, The Digital Plague, a follow-up to his first novel, The Electric Church. "A strong techno-thriller," (PW) Digital Plague continues the adventures of Avery Cates, killer-for-hire. As the press release reads, "He's probably the richest criminal in New York City. But right now, Avery Cates is pissed. Because everyone around him has just started to die - in a particularly gruesome way. With every moment bringing the human race closer to extinction, Cates finds himself in the role of both executioner and savior of the entire world." The novel was also recently featured on io9, with Annalee Newitz writing, "If you like nano-noir (and who doesn't?), you won't want to miss [it]."

In an Amazon exclusive Jeff Somers has been kind enough to share with our readers TOP TEN REASONS MY DYSTOPIAN VISION OF THE FUTURE IS BETTER THAN YOUR DYSTOPIAN VISION OF THE FUTURE...


1. We went out of our way to make it super double extra dystopian.

2. In The System of Federate Nations, you don't need to worry about saving for retirement, since you're unlikely to live past the age of thirty.

3. Profanity is not only accepted, it is pretty much the only way to make yourself understood.

4. Physical violence is not only not frowned upon, it is expected. And often enjoyed.

5. They finally have something very like flying cars. Although generally they are used to snatch people from the street so they can be beaten and imprisoned. But still.

6. Starvation is a thing of the past thanks to tiny white pills called Nutrition Tabs. Unfortunately, hunger remains since all you're eating are tiny white pills that barely keep you alive.

7. Everyone drinks and smokes, and no one worries about liver damage or cancer (see point #2).

8. Just about every major technological breakthrough is pretty much guaranteed to become murderous and genocidal. Because technology is like that.

9. There are few problems that can't be solved with a judicious bullet in a well-chosen ear, which is the lesson of most great literature, if you think about it.

10. No more annoying elections = more free time for begging in the streets.

11. In The System, everything goes to eleven.


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Also enjoyed reading this article.

What a depressing, illuminating, and unfortunately plausible glimpse into our collective future.

Let's hope this spooky novel remains merely fiction!

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