There’s a revived interest in Orwellian fiction trending in light of the recent government-spying flap.
It’s funny; as I’ve had a few readers recently ask me how books sales where doing since Edward Snowden decided turn whistleblower on the NSA. “You couldn’t ask for better advertising!” one added gleefully.
The core themes of FALSE POSITIVES are firmly rooted in non-fiction. Much of the story was inspired by material that can be found on the book’s research page.
The neat thing is that striking similarities between the story and real life continue to emerge as time goes on. For example, Burns & Lynch, the consultancy that employs the protagonist pretty much is Booz Allen Hamilton. The data-mining concepts behind PRISM (and its ancestors) are the same things that went into the creation of the story’s omniscient (and homicidal) computer system, Junior.
I find it wonderful that readers are seeing the connections and reaching out to share their support, as I believe these are important topics for us all. Most of all, I’m loving the renewed interest in FALSE POSITIVES, and I hope the story will be able to reach more readers who value their personal freedoms and understand that there is always a trade-off between security and freedom. I love my readers and thank them for spreading the word!