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!
It will be very interesting to see how things pan out for Mr. Snowden.
I’m holding a giveaway on Goodreads this Memorial Day Weekend. Enter to win a free paperback edition of FALSE POSITIVES.
All the Best and Good Luck!
Giveaway ends 29 May 2012 (12am).
I will gift (via Amazon) the Kindle version of FALSE POSITIVES to three random readers who post a comment on this thread.
This giveaway will run through to midnight on Friday (PST).
The winners will be announced by me tomorrow after I wake up from my Friday night in Bangkok.
You’ll need to leave me your email address. It will be private, and I will not use it for anything other than this giveaway. I promise.
All the Best,
If you’ve purchased FALSE POSITIVES or even got it via a free promotion from Amazon prior to 31 Jan 2012, you should be receiving an email from them over the next few weeks.
I’ve made some (very) minor changes to the manuscript and fixed some bits that were brought to my attention from readers. After another full proofread, in preparation for the paperback release, I’m pretty sure that this “corrected” version will be an even better read for everyone.
One of the cool things about eBooks is that you can do things like this. Unfortunately, Amazon’s process for distributing corrected versions is not fully automatic. This is why you’ll be receiving the email.
When you get it, just follow the instructions, and an updated copy of the book will be delivered to your eReader. If you don’t get an email, and you would like to receive the updated version, please contact me here.
Thank you very much for your interest in FALSE POSITIVES and your support for Indie writers.
All the Best,