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“An exciting tale of another path to super intelligence.”
—Vernor Vinge, three-time Hugo award-winning author

“DeSmedt veers an action-packed thriller into perilous realms…
The combination of adrenaline and intellect sizzles.” *

—David Brin, New York Times bestselling author

“An innovative concept for an end-of-the-world thriller,
with convincing research and locomotive pacing.” *

—Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times bestselling author

* Praise for Singularity

Dualism is “an exciting tale of another path to super intelligence” says Hugo award winning-author Vernor Vinge — another star turn from Bill DeSmedt, the award-winning thriller writer who, according to New York Times bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson, “juggles Clancy, Crichton, and The Da Vinci Code.”

Singularity, the first book in Bill’s “Archon Sequence” technothrillers, garnered rave reviews, several best-of-the-year awards, and accolades from science-fiction greats like Greg Bear, David Brin, and Larry Niven.

Now, with Dualism, Bill brings back überconsultant Jonathan Knox and lethal operative Marianna Bonaventure to solve the high-stakes kidnapping of Fatimah Ansari, six-year-old daughter of billionaire defense contractor Davoud Ansari. Joining them in the investigation is Ansari’s own creation: Nietzsche, an experimental artificial intelligence so radical that it may be the first machine ever to attain consciousness — albeit at a terrible, never-to-be-spoken-of price.

Together this mismatched team succeeds in rescuing the little girl, only to realize the truth: Fatimah is the lynchpin in the Malhamah Operation, a conspiracy designed to destroy the NSA. In so doing, the Malhamah Operation threatens to eradicate the entire US intelligence community in an ever-expanding conflagration which, left unchecked, may go on to kill every man, woman, and child in the United States.

In Dualism, Marianna and Jon face the toughest challenges of their passionate, but volatile relationship. And when Jon betrays Marianna, will she ever understand why? Can she ever forgive him? Will she be able to trust him ever again as they face overwhelming odds, breaching the boundaries of life and death. Unraveling the threads of a plot years in the making, they grapple with mind-control nanotechnology, rogue machine intelligences, and an insidious hive consciousness. They may even confront the meaning of existence itself.

Bill DeSmedt has followed up his award-winning debut with another tour-de-force of cutting-edge science, complex characterization, and breakneck action. From a repurposed salt mine deep beneath the sands of New Mexico to the palatial estates of California’s Monterey Peninsula to the digitized cosmos of artificial intelligence, Dualism is a high-concept science thriller in the tradition of Michael Crichton and James Rollins.

About the Author:

Bill DeSmedt draws on a checkered career history — system designer and developer, AI researcher and practitioner, management and technology consultant, ontologist and knowledge engineer — in crafting his “Archon Sequence” technothrillers: the cult hit Singularity, Dualism, and, coming soon, Triploidy. Bill lives and writes in a hilltop aerie overlooking Milford PA, a town whose rich tradition in philosophical and speculative literature serves as an inexhaustible source of inspiration.


By Bill DeSmedt
On Sale May 13, 2014

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