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David Louis Edelman is a web designer, programmer and journalist. He lives with his wife Victoria near Washington, DC. His first novel, Infoquake, was released by Pyr (an imprint of Prometheus Books) in July 2006. Barnes & Noble Explorations named the book its Top SF Novel of 2006.

Over the past ten years, Mr. Edelman has programmed websites for the U.S. Army and the FBI, taught software to the U.S. Congress and the World Bank, written articles for the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun, and directed the marketing departments of biometric and e-commerce companies.

Mr. Edelman was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1971 and grew up in Orange County, California. He received a B.A. in creative writing and journalism from The Johns Hopkins University in 1993. He's currently at work on MultiReal, the sequel to Infoquake.


Infoquake, Volume 1 of the Jump 225 Trilogy
Published by Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books
421 pages, ISBN 1-59102-442-0
Released in July, 2006


Barnes & Noble Explorations
which later named Infoquake the Top SF Novel of 2006

Brilliantly blending the cutthroat intrigues of the high-tech business world with revolutionary world building, Edelman could quite possibly be the love child of Donald Trump and Vernor Vinge. Infoquake is one of the most impressive science fiction debuts to come along in years highly recommended.

Publishers Weekly

Slick high-finance melodrama and dizzying technical speculation lift Edelman's SF debut, the first of a trilogy.... Bursting with invention and panache, this novel will hook readers for the story's next installment.


The manner in which people who experienced Dune upon its publication speak about Herbert's opus is not dissimilar to the feeling Infoquake elicits the genre might not be quite the same after this book.... Infoquake is a stunning debut novel by a lucid, precise, and talented new voice in the genre.... This may be THE science fiction book of the year.

Ian McDonald
Author of River of Gods

So fresh and good I shamelessly stole an idea from it: the whole premise of a future corporate thriller.... Buy Infoquake, read it.... Give him the Philip K Dick award.

Kate Elliott
Author of Crown of Stars

Inventive and provocative, with a surprisingly emotional kick. Read this book, and then argue about it.

Tobias Buckell
Author of Crystal Rain

A fascinating glimpse into an all-too-possible future of business, software, wetware, and over-powerful technocrats.

Library Journal

In web designer and programmer Edelman's first novel, he moves quickly from scene to scene, building suspense with believable characters and in-the-know technical expertise. This series opener belongs in most SF collections.


(4 1/2 stars) A very strong debut novel mixing a historically detailed timeline with an intriguing technological future. David Louis Edelman makes reading about corporate shenanigans fun.... Infoquake should appeal to just about any SF reader, but if you like Herbert's Dune or any of [Charles] Stross's work, you should really enjoy this book.

which later listed Infoquake among its Top 5 Books of 2006

Infoquake is a triumph of speculation. Edelman has foreseen a nanotech future of warring corporations and stock markets of personal enhancement in which both the good and the bad of the present day are reflected with an even hand and startling clarity.... it's Wall Street meets Neuromancer.

Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show

If all novels were as chockfull of ideas as Infoquake is, then science fiction would never have to worry about a shortage of sense of wonder.... Few first novelists manage as assured a debut as Infoquake; almost all new authors stumble around a bit in their first novel, but Edelman comes off as a seasoned professional.


The hyperbole surrounding this novel seems justified drawing on cyberpunk and singularitarian themes, it boldly places a banner for what is arguably a new sub-genre of science fiction.... As an engaging fictional mirror of the modern world, written from an angle rarely used, this novel definitely marks Edelman as a writer to keep an eye on.

The Eternal Night

(Rating: 9 out of 10) This book was superb. I simply cannot believe that this is a debut novel, it reads so much more like the work of a seasoned writer.... This book however is anything but boring it grips you from the start and leaves you at the end of the book wishing you had book two at hand.

The Agony Column

Edelman has one hell of a hoot taking high-tech marketing out to draw and quarter it with style and panache. Infoquake is a very funny and insightful novel of modern economics through a futuristic funhouse mirror.... It's the kind of book that deserves to be passed quietly from cubicle to cubicle in tech companies around the nation and indeed around the world. And it's the kind of novel that you want to be passing, the kind of novel you want to be reading.

Chris Roberson
Author of Paragaea: A Planetary Romance

David Louis Edelman's Infoquake may be a new subgenre unto itself: the science fiction business thriller. Set in a fully realized future world, the narrative is more interested in the economic impact of future technologies than in the technologies themselves. The suspense derives entirely from politics and economics, and the most exciting moments (and they are exciting!) surround new product launches. Edelman doesn't resort to any of the typical tricks to keep the reader turning pages, but I found that I still couldn't turn them fast enough.