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Don Lively

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I grew up in Healdsburg, California, in the heart of Sonoma County wine country, where in my youth I spent many summer days along the Russian River. I also lived and worked in Sonoma County for most my life. As you might expect, having spent so many years in a wine region, I do appreciate a glass of good wine now and then.

I am an avid reader and enjoy a broad range of fiction and non-fiction work. Though, I have a weakness for speculative fiction that favors dystopian and post-apocalyptic themes. My background and career in a previous life was in the field of Information Technology, where early on I started using a clunky, slow service that connected computers belonging to a small number of universities and corporations. It was then called
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Don Lively Well, I have worked in the field of Information Technology for quite a few years so it was partly a product of my background. But one day, my wife…moreWell, I have worked in the field of Information Technology for quite a few years so it was partly a product of my background. But one day, my wife (she was a software engineer) and I are driving across town and we're talking about smartphone technology and various apps. We were bouncing ideas between us on how to solve a particular hypothetical situation with an existing service that was available via an app. When we got into talking about what data would be necessary and how it might be used that's when all these paranoid possibilities started popping into my head. After a few minutes of saying "what if this" and "what if that", I had the story concept. Then a year later I had a first draft. (less)
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Ever been assessed and categorized before you've had an opportunity to be known? Well, to use an over-used cliche, "You can't judge a book by its cover." And who would know that better about metaphorical books and covers than readers like yourself?

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The Social Event (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
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Description: If you see it enough it becomes real…. What if there were an app so good at anticipating your every want and need that you and millions of people around the world adopted it and used it, not only for ecommerce, but also for every bit of information you receive through social media, blogs, newsfeeds, email and anything else? And what if all the information gathered by this app was used to manipulate the populace into believing that enemies were threatening them, that everything they held dear was under attack and if they didn’t act, everything they valued would be lost? How long do you think it would take for a society to implode? The Social Event is speculative fiction, but with major online retailers already able to predict what we want to buy next, government agencies collecting big data from social networking sites and predictive analytics coming into its own, it feels like the world is on the brink of something none of us may have anticipated.
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Don Lively My book is out: The Social Event

http://writedon.blogspot.com/2014/06/...

What if there were an app that could understand your every want and need? What if millions of people around the world adopted it and used it for every aspect of their daily lives? And what if the information gathered by this app was used to manipulate the populace into believing that enemies were threatening them, that everything they held dear was under attack and if they didn’t act, everything they valued would be lost? How long do you think it would take for a society to implode?

Kim Ishida has developed the world’s leading predictive social networking app. In no time, her technology makes the iconic MyPhone indispensable to millions of people across the planet. But unbeknownst to Kim, centers of power are working behind the scenes to use this technology for their own evil ends. Feeding the fear and hatred of the masses, dormant political and cultural hostilities are revived, and erupt into violence and war worldwide.

In the aftermath, Kim’s focus is singular: she must kill Fortune Teller. Driven to her journey by a burden that will not relent, she will not stop until Fortune Teller is dead.

But Fortune Teller knows she is coming…


message 4: by Don

Don Lively Chapters 1 & 2 of The Social Event.

https://medium.com/@WriteDon

The entire novel is just days away from release.


message 3: by Don

Don Lively In my latest screed I ponder why there is not more diversity in genre and literary fiction

http://writedon.blogspot.com/2014/06/...


message 2: by Don

Don Lively I've posted the first two chapters of my forthcoming book, as well as the back cover text. It's coming out soon. Really, soon! Please feel free to share this with everyone you know who likes well paced, tense speculative fiction.

http://writedon.blogspot.com/


message 1: by Don

Don Lively Check out a friend and #indiewriter Lauren Rabb's short story at online lit mag Whistling Fire: The Conversation http://whistlingfire.com/2014/05/29/t...


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