Daniel Suarez–Daemon–Bots Are Taking Over!

Posted on January 24, 2009. Filed under: Art, Blogroll, Books, Computers, Programming, Security, Strategy, Technology, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , |

 Daniel Suarez, author of Daemon

Daniel Suarez

Daniel Suarez


 If you are looking for a techno thriller to read try Daemon by Daniel Suarez.

The bots are after you!


Book Review: Daemon by Daniel Suarez

Written by Ted Gioia
Published January 23, 2009

“…The pacing and plot construction in Daemon come straight from the world of traditional thrillers. You can label Daniel Suarez as Tom Clancy for the Grand Theft Auto generation. But his book also has an intriguing philosophical undercurrent that sets it apart from your usual slash-and-burn adventure story. Humans evolved into advanced societies, Suarez suggests, because there lived in widely scattered communities all trying different things. Survival of the fittest assured that a small number of these groups would develop healthy, growing institutions and mechanisms for self-propagation. But the situation has now reversed in our shrinking global village. Instead of many communities trying many different things, almost everybody in the world relies on the same computer operating system, the same web browser, the same search engine, the same types of computer chips. …”




The Daemon

“Greatest. Techno-thriller. Period. Experts have long feared the Internet doomsday scenario. Daemon is arguably more terrifying.”
Billy O’Brien, Director of Cybersecurity and Communications Policy at the White House

The modern world is about to get ‘pwned’

Drawing on over a decade of experience as a corporate IT consultant, Daniel Suarez has written a potentially controversial book – one that targets the public’s uneasiness over a world they no longer fully understand. It will (and should) unsettle those who read it.

More than just a techno-thriller, Daemon is a timely and relevant book that’s receiving high praise from technology experts and everyday readers alike. Quickly expanding beyond its high-concept premise, Daemon is fast-paced, technologically accurate, and terrifying in its scope. It demonstrates what a house of cards the modern world has become, and what may soon rise in its place.

FreedomTM is coming…

Daemon’s sequel, FreedomTM, is coming in 2010. Subscribe to the Daniel Suarez Author News RSS feed (below) for updated news and information on the Daemon series of books.




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“…Daemon is the story of a billionaire computer game designer who plans to take over the world — after his death. As soon as his obituary is posted online, a dormant computer program (a “daemon”) sets in motion a dastardly plot involving identity theft, financial crises and murder.

The action takes place in the world of multi-player online games and incorporates existing technology including laser-beam weapons that deliver lethal electrical charges, unmanned vehicles used as killing machines …”



Internet Bot

Internet bots, also known as web robots, WWW robots or simply bots, are software applications that run automated tasks over the Internet. Typically, bots perform tasks that are both simple and structurally repetitive, at a much higher rate than would be possible for a human alone. The largest use of bots is in web spidering, in which an automated script fetches, analyses and files information from web servers at many times the speed of a human. Each server can have a file called robots.txt, containing rules for the spidering of that server that the bot is supposed to obey.

In addition to their uses outlined above, bots may also be implemented where a response speed faster than that of humans is required (e.g., gaming bots and auction-site robots) or less commonly in situations where the emulation of human activity is required, for example chat bots.

These chatterbots may allow people to ask questions in plain English and then formulate a proper response. These bots can often handle many tasks, including reporting weather, zip-code information, sports scores, converting currency or other units, etc. Others are used for entertainment, such as SmarterChild on AOL Instant Messenger and MSN Messenger and Jabberwacky on Yahoo! Messenger.

An additional role of IRC bots may be to lurk in the background of a conversation channel, commenting on certain phrases uttered by the participants (based on pattern matching). This is sometimes used as a help service for new users, or for censorship of profanity. …”



How “Bots” Control Your Life – Daniel Suarez


Daniel Suarez – Daemon: Bot-Mediated Reality



The Long View



Tech thriller ‘Daemon’ rises from underground

By Carol Memmott – USA Today

“…Early reviews are stellar. A “thrill-a-nanosecond novel,” says “Booklist.” “Publishers Weekly,” in a starred review, calls it “riveting.” Suarez’s technologic acumen and plausible but outrageous story line is drawing comparisons with Michael Crichton, Neal Stephenson and Tom Clancy.

The tech world is raving, too. The dust jacket of “Daemon” includes blurbs from Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, BuzzFeed’s Eric J. Olson and Google’s Rick Klau.

“Daniel really knows his stuff,” says Klau, who blogged about “Daemon” and shared the book with futurist John Robb and White House cyber security chief Billy O’Brien. …”



How the Self-Published Debut Daemon Earned Serious Geek Cred

By Josh McHugh

“…Finally, he and his wife, Michelle Sites, also an IT consultant, decided to take a page from the Daemon playbook and infiltrate the Internet’s power grid. In fall 2006, they approached bloggers whose writings on gaming, warfare, AI, and social media Suarez had mined for the book. The couple formed their own publishing firm, Verdugo Press, and began producing copies through the print-on-demand service Lightning Source.

A dozen or so bloggers wrote posts about the book, kindling sales of up to 50 copies a month. Then in April 2007, Rick Klau, head of publisher services at Feedburner, got a copy. Two things happened: Google acquired Feedburner, and Klau, electrified by Daemon‘s all-too-plausible IT scenario, began pushing the book on anyone who would listen.

“I just felt it would be a travesty if a lot of people didn’t read it,” Klau says. A new colleague at Google, algorithm wrangler Matt Cutts, gave Daemon a shout-out on his blog. Cyberwar pundit John Robb mentioned it on his site, and Ito wrote that it was “believable and realistic and still mind-blowing.” Brand blurbed it on Amazon, saying Suarez was “better than early Tom Clancy.” As of March, more than 1,200 copies had been shipped, and Zeraus nee Suarez is planning to release a sequel, Freedom™, later this year. “When I finished the book,” Brand says, “my feeling was that the sequel is not only desirable, but necessary.”  …”


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Why was a subtitle added? And why did Leinad change his name? No wonder its taking so long for the sequel to come out!

For emphasis–bots are everywhere and most people do not even know what they are.

If you are using a computer or driving a car you can bet you life on it bots are running.

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