Science Fiction (Cyberpunk) / Thriller
Date Published: September 1, 2016
Publisher: See Sharp Press
Awards: 2017 Compton Crook Finalist for best first science fiction novel!
In Sleep State Interrupt, a giant media corporation has taken over the Internet, created an addictive virtual reality called BetterWorld, and controls nearly all information. Politicians do their bidding and a brainwashed humanity serves a privileged few.
Waylee Freid, an unemployed Baltimore journalist with ever-worsening bipolar disorder, is the only hope for a brighter future. She and her countercultural friends bust a notorious teenage hacker out of jail and sneak into a closed presidential fundraiser at the Smithsonian castle, where they hope to record incriminating admissions that will wake up the world. Hunted by Homeland Security, Waylee and her friends must reach a sufficient audience by broadcasting their video during the Super Bowl. But to do so, they'll have to break into one of the most secure facilities ever built.
Read the First Four chapters of Sleep State Interrupt, plus a lot more extras, free at http://savethereefs.wixsite.com/sleepstateinterrupt
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
Getting that first draft finished. Although revisions take a lot of work too.
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
I have so many songs on it, I rarely listen to the same thing twice in one week. Although I do have playlists for my characters that I use while writing from their point of view, so sometimes I hear the same songs for days on end.
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
Both. Every book needs them.
What book are you reading now?
I just finished The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi, set in a future dystopian Thailand.
How did you start your writing career?
I’ve been writing since childhood, but didn’t start writing novels until trapped in the house by the “Snowmageddon” of 2010. I thought at the time, why not give it a try?
In Wrath of Leviathan, the second book of the BetterWorld trilogy, Waylee, the protagonist of Sleep State Interrupt, faces life in prison and seeks a legal way out. Exiled in São Paulo, her sister Kiyoko and their hacker friends continue the fight, seeking to end MediaCorp’s stranglehold on virtual reality, information, and politics. But MediaCorp and their government allies may quash the rebellion before it takes off. And unknown to Kiyoko and her friends, a team of ruthless mercenaries is after them, and is closing in fast.
About the Author
Ted Weber has pursued writing and music since childhood, and learned filmmaking and screenwriting in college, along with a little bit of physics. Trapped at home during the "Snowmageddon" of 2010, he transformed those interests into novel writing, and has completed four novels and a number of short stories since then. By day, Mr. Weber works as an ecologist for a non-profit organization and has had over twenty scientific papers and book chapters published. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife Karen. He enjoys traveling and has visited all seven continents.