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The Genius Plague

David Walton

400 pp • ISBN 978-1-63388-343-7
Trade Paperback • $14.95
October 2017

 

 


THE CONTAGION IS IN YOUR MIND

In this science fiction thriller, brothers are pitted against each other as a pandemic threatens to destabilize world governments by exerting a subtle mind control over survivors.

Neil Johns has just started his dream job as a code breaker in the NSA when his brother, Paul, a mycologist, goes missing on a trip to collect samples in the Amazon jungle. Paul returns with a gap in his memory and a fungal infection that almost kills him. But once he recuperates, he has enhanced communication, memory, and pattern recognition. Meanwhile, something is happening in South America; others, like Paul, have also fallen ill and recovered with abilities they didn't have before.
 
But that's not the only pattern--the survivors, from entire remote Brazilian tribes to American tourists, all seem to be working toward a common, and deadly, goal. Neil soon uncovers a secret, and unexplained alliance between governments that have traditionally been enemies while Paul is becomes increasingly secretive and erratic. 
 
Paul sees the fungus as the next stage of human evolution, while Neil is convinced that it is driving its human hosts to destruction. Brother must oppose brother on an increasingly fraught international stage, with the stakes: the free will of every human on earth. Can humanity use this force for good, or are we becoming the pawns of an utterly alien intelligence?



Reviews

“David Walton is one of our very best writers of science-fiction thrillers, and The Genius Plague is a triumph from first page to last. This one will stick with you.”
—Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Quantum Night


PRAISE FOR SUPERSYMMETRY:
“Thrills and spills and sheer excitement on full-throttle overdrive.”
KIRKUS REVIEWS 

“[A] family drama turned world-saving exercise…. Walton infuses humor…into his otherwise bleak look at the inevitability of humankind’s self-destruction.”
--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“This sequel to Superposition is just as excellent as the first. Fast-paced, mind-bending, super-scientific yet fully accessible and very understandable to the layman reader. Full of new possibilities and probabilities, Supersymmetry gives readers a peek into what the future may hold and the cost that comes with it. This is a science fiction novel full of humanity and all its inherent beauty and ugliness. 
RT BOOK REVIEWS (1/2 FANTASTIC – Keeper)


PRAISE FOR SUPERPOSITION:
“[An] engrossing and illuminating sci-fi thriller…. This is the way sci-fi ought to be.”
WALL STREET JOURNAL

“An expanding universe of delight.”
WASHINGTON POST

“Gripping, suspenseful and original, this is a page-turning novel that readers are sure to devour. This book will have a wide appeal to mainstream readers as well as those who love sci-fi.”
RT BOOK REVIEWS (1/2 FANTASTIC – Keeper)

”Walton delivers fast-paced action, suspense and riveting mystery—all of it spinning about a core of vivid, speculative science. Enjoy some tense, imaginative fun."
—David Brin, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of Existence


David Walton is the author of six novels and recipient of the Philip K. Dick Award for his first novel, Terminal MindSuperposition and Supersymmetry are quantum physics murder mysteries. He is also the author of Quintessence, a science fantasy in which the Earth is really flat, and its sequel, Quintessence Sky. David lives a double life as a top secret engineer working with the US intelligence community by day, and the mild-mannered father of seven children at night.