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Eliot Peper

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Eliot Peper is the author of Veil, Bandwidth, Borderless, Breach, Cumulus, True Blue, Neon Fever Dream, and the Uncommon Series. He's helped build technology businesses, survived dengue fever, translated Virgil's Aeneid from the original Latin, worked as an entrepreneur-in-residence at a venture capital firm, and explored the ancient Himalayan kingdom of Mustang. His books have been praised by Popular Science, Boing Boing, Businessweek, the Chicago Review of Books, TechCrunch, io9, San Francisco Magazine, the Verge, Ars Technica, and the New York Times Book Review, and he has been a speaker at places like Google, Comic Con, SXSW, and Future in Review.

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Eliot Peper The idea for Analog emerged from a late-night conversation among friends. We were sharing a bottle of wine and imagining how wonderful it would be to …moreThe idea for Analog emerged from a late-night conversation among friends. We were sharing a bottle of wine and imagining how wonderful it would be to have an off-grid social club where interactions weren't mediated or interrupted by the digital world—an institution that would have particular relevance in the technology-obsessed San Francisco Bay Area, where I happen to live.

None of us got our acts sufficiently together to build the real thing, so I fleshed it out in fiction. In doing so, I realized how useful Analog could be as a literary device: by stripping the feed away from the characters, it illustrates the role it plays in their lives.

People give me hope. Every time someone reacts with patience when a situation might call for anger, every time someone chooses generosity, every time someone takes the long view, these decisions to be better by doing better inspire me to open my heart to the world. Technology is a powerful tool that can be used for good or ill—we've raised billions out of poverty and saved countless lives from preventable disease and we've invented horrific weapons and autocratic panopticons—so ultimately how we choose to use technology will determine the shape of the future we pass down to our children and grandchildren.(less)
Eliot Peper Thanks Bob, I'm happy to hear you enjoyed Bandwidth.

My mum's from British Columbia and I've spent quite a bit of time in the NW, hence it's prominence…more
Thanks Bob, I'm happy to hear you enjoyed Bandwidth.

My mum's from British Columbia and I've spent quite a bit of time in the NW, hence it's prominence in the novel.

After Bandwidth, I'd recommend reading Borderless->Breach->Cumulus->Neon Fever Dream->The Uncommon Series.

Cheers, Eliot(less)
Average rating: 3.78 · 7,254 ratings · 794 reviews · 12 distinct worksSimilar authors
Bandwidth (Analog #1)

3.60 avg rating — 3,727 ratings — published 2018 — 6 editions
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Cumulus

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Borderless (Analog #2)

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Breach (Analog, #3)

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Uncommon Stock: Version 1.0...

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Neon Fever Dream

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True Blue

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Stories are bicycles

There’s a myth that puts storytellers on pedestals. It says that storytelling is the province of poets, novelists, and screenwriters. It says that there must be a moment of perfect inspiration, that the muse must whisper in your ear. It says that stories are supernatural, the revealed truth of someone of extraordinary talent and insight who has something authentic and original to say.
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Eliot Peper added a status update: So one of my all-time favorite authors, Kim Stanley Robinson, just said SUCH NICE THINGS about my new novel "Veil" and I'm freaking out! :)

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There was a deeper silence behind the music. A quiet no mere noise could fill. It took a moment to register. His feed. His feed was gone. Not dimmed, not marginalized. Gone. Dag swayed on his feet. His window into the digital infinite, that whirling vortex of endless global conversation, had been slammed shut. It was always there in the periphery, the low murmur of the entirety of human culture, as present and comforting as the sound of waves from inside a beach house. A vast, pulsing constellation of voices, information, art, commentary, and dramas, distilled through the algorithmic sieve to ...more
Years ago, a designer friend explained to me how white space—the empty areas surrounding design elements—is just as powerful and important as the designs themselves. The seed he planted grew into Analog—the off-grid social club that hosts so many of Bandwidth's crucial scenes. I realized that a powerful way to demonstrate the methods by which a ubiquitous digital feed shaped the lives of people living in this particular future was to cut them off from that feed. Dag's shock at having the feed stripped away illuminates the depth of its influence. Incidentally, if you enjoyed Bandwidth, ...more
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We are a lucky and privileged few, and whatever corruption and injustice we seek to overcome isn’t new or unique. And that leads us to a challenging conclusion. The world is what we make it. If we throw up our hands when the going gets tough, we get what we deserve. So take a deep breath, do some gentle stretching, and make the world a better place. Do a favor for a stranger. Be kind when instinct calls for harshness. Question your assumptions. Make good art. Tell your loved ones how grateful you are to have them in your life. Lend a hand to those in need. Take real risks to do the right ...more
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Narrative was so much easier to follow when you weren’t living it.
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He was nothing. A short-lived speck on a meaningless rock orbiting an insignificant star in a forgotten galaxy in a universe bound by the unflinching laws of thermodynamics to descend into ultimate heat death.
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“Shankar Vedantam wrote that those who travel with the current will always feel they are good swimmers, while those who swim against the current may never realize they are better swimmers than they imagine,”
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“Critical thinking without hope was cynicism, while hope without critical thinking was naïveté.”
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“There were sharks before there were dinosaurs, and the reason sharks are still in the ocean is that nothing is better at being a shark than a shark.”
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“Literature not only illuminated another’s experience, it provided, I believed, the richest material for moral reflection. My brief forays into the formal ethics of analytic philosophy felt dry as a bone, missing the messiness and weight of real human life.”
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“The exercise of imagination is dangerous to those who profit from the way things are because it has the power to show that the way things are is not permanent, not universal, not necessary. Having that real though limited power to put established institutions into question, imaginative literature has also the responsibility of power. The storyteller is the truthteller.”
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“Like memory, history was synthetic. Humans thought of both as factual records, but study after study confirmed that they were more like dreams, narratives constructed and reconstructed by the mind to fit the demands of the present, not the reality of the past.”
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“Critical thinking without hope was cynicism, while hope without critical thinking was naïveté.”
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