We are stoked to host this event with the authors of two very different takes on corporate corruption in sci-fi settings.
The Warehouse by Rob Hart is set in a near-future dystopia where Cloud has taken over much of the American economy, and some one is trying to take it down.
Architects of Memory by Karen Osborne takes place in a future where aliens have made first contact, leaving room for corporations to colonize other planets and require indenture to earn citizenship.
These two very different reads still manage to deftly tackle issues of corporate ethics that feel very real-world, while also maintaining thrill-a-minute plots you don't want to step away from. Join us for what is sure to be a fascinating conversation between the authors.
Zoom Webinar registration link here.
Rob Hart is the author of the Ash McKenna crime series and the short-story collection Take-Out. He also co-wrote Scott Free with James Patterson. He's worked as a book publisher, a political reporter, and a communications director for a politician and was a commissioner for the city of New York. He lives on Staten Island with his wife and daughter.
Karen Osborne is a speculative fiction writer and visual storyteller living in Baltimore. She is a graduate of Viable Paradise and the Clarion Writers' Workshop, and won awards for her news & opinion writing in New York, Florida, and Maryland. Her short fiction appears in Uncanny, Fireside, Escape Pod, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and more. Architects of Memory is her science fiction debut.
Cloud isn't just a place to work. It's a place to live. And when you're here, you'll never want to leave.
"A thrilling story of corporate espionage at the highest level . . . and a powerful cautionary tale about technology, runaway capitalism, and the nightmare world we are making for ourselves."--Blake Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter
Film rights sold to Imagine Entertainment for director Ron Howard! - NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Financial Times - Real Simple - Kirkus Reviews
Paxton never thought he'd be working for Cloud, the giant tech company that's eaten much of the American economy. Much less that he'd be moving into one of the company's sprawling live-work facilities.
But compared to what's left outside, Cloud's bland chainstore life of gleaming entertainment halls, open-plan offices, and vast warehouses...well, it doesn't seem so bad. It's more than anyone else is offering.
Zinnia never thought she'd be infiltrating Cloud. But now she's undercover, inside the walls, risking it all to ferret out the company's darkest secrets. And Paxton, with his ordinary little hopes and fears? He just might make the perfect pawn. If she can bear to sacrifice him.
As the truth about Cloud unfolds, Zinnia must gamble everything on a desperate scheme--one that risks both their lives, even as it forces Paxton to question everything about the world he's so carefully assembled here.
Together, they'll learn just how far the company will go...to make the world a better place.
Set in the confines of a corporate panopticon that's at once brilliantly imagined and terrifyingly real, The Warehouse is a near-future thriller about what happens when Big Brother meets Big Business--and who will pay the ultimate price.
Millions died after the first contact. An alien weapon holds the key to redemption--or annihilation. Experience Karen Osborne's unforgettable science fiction debut, Architects of Memory.
Terminally ill salvage pilot Ash Jackson lost everything in the war with the alien Vai, but she'll be damned if she loses her future. Her plan: to buy, beg, or lie her way out of corporate indenture and find a cure. When her crew salvages a genocidal weapon from a ravaged starship above a dead colony, Ash uncovers a conspiracy of corporate intrigue and betrayal that threatens to turn her into a living weapon.