You can read the first two chapters of Helix Genesis here, assuming you haven't already. Amongst the many figments of my imagination you'll discover autonomous vehicles (closer than we think), smart weapons and ammunition, holographic adverts that accost you in the street (none spotted yet), computer monitors that appear from desks like head-up displays in fighter aircraft, to name but a few. Helix himself has one or high-tech augmentations build into his prosthetics. Artificial Intelligence (AI) also features and is expanded upon in the second book of the series, about which, more later. If AI interests (or worries) you, check out the following books:
Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark and Novacene by James Lovelock. I'm not into affiliate links and anyway, I know my readers are smart enough to find them in their favourite bookshop or preferred book selling platform.
Believe it or not, I am actually old enough to remember when the first computers appeared in offices. I do sometimes ask myself, how we ever got anything done without them. This was back in the days when a fax machine was considered cutting edge tech! Did someone ask what's a fax machine? Having worked in IT for more than 20 years, it was fascinating to be close the bleeding edge. We only used to talk about clouds when we were indulging on our favourite British past time of discussing the weather. Now, it's difficult to think of anything that isn't stored and/or processed in the cloud or at least backed up there.
If tech is your thing, you might find the following article from The Washington Post interesting. It shows how tech has changed over the last thirty years. It's a fascinating read and great fun to look back at what we now take for granted. My favourite part is an animation of how long it takes to download an image comparing a dial-up modem and 25 mbps broadband. Be sure also to click the button to hear the sound that a dial up modem makes or used to make.
What's your favourite techno-thriller or sci-fi book? Hit reply and let me know. I'm always interested in discovering new titles and authors.
My favourite techno-thrillers of recent times are the Altered Carbon series by Richard Morgan of which there are two seasons on Netflix. Both the books and the TV adaptations are brilliant. In my opinion the first of the TV seasons is the better of the two. They offer an event deeper dive into what might be possible way out into the future.
Authors love to get reviews for their work, and I'm no different. Here's a recent one for Helix Genesis.