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Born into a tough neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey, I learned powerful lessons about family, friendship and violence. My escape was fiction, and I spent many hours reading in the local library. My passion was technology and I went on to gain a BS in Chemical Engineering from NJIT. Not enough challenge. Always fascinated by new technologies, I was awarded a full fellowship at Columbia University and gained a MS in Nuclear Engineering. Although I designed submarine nuclear reactors for three years, I discovered that I enjoyed computer technologies more than reactor design, so I changed career direction and achieved a second MS; this one in Computer Science from RPI.

Fascinated by virtually all areas of software development, my expertise grew
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For the month of July, 2011, my scifi thrillers PeaceMaker and Unholy Domain are available as free downloads on Smashwords.com.

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Published on July 05, 2011 08:44 • 270 views • Tags: ai, artificial-intelligence, near-future, science-fiction, scifi, thriller
Average rating: 3.83 · 156 ratings · 67 reviews · 4 distinct works · Similar authors
Unholy Domain (PeaceMaker, #2)

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Description: No one really has the guts to say it, but if we could make better human beings by knowing how to add genes, why shouldn’t we? — James Watson, Co-discoverer of the structure of DNA
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Description: PeaceMaker, a start-at-a-dead-run science fiction thriller, is set in 2012, where software revolutionaries are pushing artificial intelligence to the brink of terrorism. The prologue plunges software architect Ray Brown into a life-or-death contest with PeaceMaker, a deadly artificial intelligence that has infected most of the world’s computing devices. Ray's determination to eliminate PeaceMaker leads him into a dangerous conflict with the Domain – a clandestine organization dedicated to a new world order. Humiliated by the federal government in an anti-trust trial that has torn apart her software company, CEO Dianne Morgan is obsessed with a plan to unleash PeaceMaker and shut down computer systems across the world. She is determined to crush the global economy unless the nations of the world agree to share power with the Domain. Although Dianne and Ray have never resolved a long simmering passion, she must hunt him down before he terminates PeaceMaker. As the Domain hunts Ray, Dianne learns of a mysterious third force that has discovered PeaceMaker and plans to attack the Domain. Dianne, Ray and this third force struggle for control, but PeaceMaker has its own plans. PeaceMaker is based upon my experience in senior management positions with Microsoft and other high-tech companies, where I gained insights into the amazing variety of people who build advanced technologies. Although PeaceMaker is fiction, the characters have the ring of truth and the technology reflects research well underway in corporate and university laboratories.
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Description: It's 2022, a decade after a devastating computer virus was unleashed upon America and the world. Civilization has crumbled in an economic collapse that rivals the Great Depression of the previous century. During this harsh decade, the schism between those who think technology will save the world and those who believe it to be the tool of Lucifer has reached a boiling point. The Church of Natural Humans, led by the charismatic Adam Jordan, is determined to roll civilization back to a pre-computer era. Billionaire Dianne Morgan leads the Domain, a secret society of technologists developing Sentinel, an artificial intelligence with the ability to seize control of the Internet and all other computers. David Brown, a gifted but troubled young man, receives a delayed email from his long dead father. The world believes David's father unleashed the horrific computer virus, but the email suggests that his father was on the trail of the real criminals. David sets out on a mission to clear his father's name and find his murderers. As he tracks through his father's startling history, David stumbles into the war between the Domain and the Church of Natural Humans. Hunted by both organizations, David unravels his father's secrets, comes to terms with his own life, falls in love with a woman from his father's past, and discovers a genetic capability within himself that may change the path of human evolution.
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“Technos and clerics have much in common. Both take a world that can’t be fully understood and try to explain its fundamental properties.

Clerics postulate beliefs that can never be proven; they demand you accept these postulates as your Faith, which will guide your actions and thoughts. It’s a top down way of thinking; start with the big picture and derive rules for living. Fundamental knowledge is static. Even the derived rules rarely change.

Technos work from the bottom up. They build a baseline of observations and formulate theories to explain these phenomena. Nothing is sacred; with new observations, theories are discarded or modified to fit the facts.

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“Technos and clerics have much in common. Both take a world that can’t be fully understood and try to explain its fundamental properties.

Clerics postulate beliefs that can never be proven; they demand you accept these postulates as your Faith, which will guide your actions and thoughts. It’s a top down way of thinking; start with the big picture and derive rules for living. Fundamental knowledge is static. Even the derived rules rarely change.

Technos work from the bottom up. They build a baseline of observations and formulate theories to explain these phenomena. Nothing is sacred; with new observations, theories are discarded or modified to fit the facts.

Technos and clerics; how could they not be in conflict?
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message 1: by Undra (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:23PM)

Undra Tnx for adding me as a friend!


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Cheryl Hi:

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message 3: by Jeremy (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:55PM)

Jeremy Hi Dan!

If you don't mind sharing--I was wondering, what's your favorite book of all time?

Here’s wishing you a weekend filled with wacky whims, wonderful weirdness, and well-disposed werecats.

-Jeremy :)


message 4: by J.R. (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:58PM)

J.R. Hi Dan,
Thanks for the request.


message 5: by Daniel (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:59PM)

Daniel Dan, I added PeaceMaker and Unholy Domain to my to-read list.


Jeremy Hi Dan!

Here’s wishing you a yippee-filled Yuletime overflowing with yard-long yams, yapping yoyo-yanking yetis, yak-milk yeast-cakes, and yellow yarn-yielding year-end yard-gnomes.

-Jeremy :)


Jeremy Here’s wishing you a nifty New Year filled with noiseless noses, neato nicknames, noble Nebraskans, gnarly narcoleptic nebulas, and novel novels about nut-eating narwhals and novercaphobic gnats.

-Jeremy :)


Jeremy I want to apologize for the all the recommendations from me yesterday. I wanted to share the Stoker Award news, and I only pressed the send button once--I'm not sure what happened to create so many messages. Some weird glitch.

Argh...this is terrible...

Again, I'm very sorry.

-Jeremy


Shawnette Dan...Thanks for the invite into your circle of friends....wishing you all the best in 2008...looking forward to sharing chats, reviews and any/all book recommendations you may have...Happy Reading :-)



message 10: by Karen

Karen Hi Dan,

Just checked out your trailer here on Goodreads. It is so amazing! Hope your book is flying off the shelves!

Cheers,

Karen


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Ilyn Ross Hi Dan,

Thank you for being my friend. I wish you good fortune on your endeavors, especially Unholy Domain.


Best wishes,

Ilyn


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Dorlana Hi Dan!
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