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Jeff Carlson is the author of the acclaimed thriller Plague Year, published by Ace in August 2007. "Harrowing, heartfelt, and rock-hard realistic. Not to be missed." New York Times bestselling author James Rollins.

A sequel entitled Plague War will be published in Summer 2008. Jeff is currently working on a new stand-alone novel as well as a third book in the nanotech Plague series. He is also collaborating with award-winning author David Brin on an adventure novel entitled Colony High.

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     The next breath you take will kill you.

PLAGUE YEAR (Ace/Penguin, August 2007)    

The nanotechnology was designed to fight cancer. Instead, it evolved into the machine plague, killing nearly five billion people and changing life on Earth forever.

The nanotech has one weakness: it self-destructs at altitudes above ten thousand feet. Those few who've managed to escape struggle to stay alive on the highest mountains, but time is running out. There is famine and war, and the environment is crashing worldwide. Humanity's last hope lies with a top nanotech researcher aboard the International Space Station—and with a small group of survivors in California who risk a daring journey below the death line.

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Short Fiction:

"The Frozen Sky"   Writers of the Future XXIII, September 2007

"Gunfight at the Sugarloaf Pet Food & Taxidermy"   Asimov's, January 2007


James Rollins
Plague Year

"An epic of apocalyptic fiction: harrowing, heartfelt, and rock-hard realistic. Not to be missed."

SF Reviews
Plague Year

"Pure adrenaline."

Pyr Books Editor Lou Anders
Plague Year

"The novel is gruesome, dramatic, exhilarating, and, as I told one Hollywood production company looking for near-future biotech thrillers, it's HIGHLY filmable."

Kevin J. Anderson
Plague Year

"A grim and fascinating new twist on the post-holocaust story."

David Brin
Plague Year

"Frightening, plausible and action- packed, PLAGUE YEAR is one of the best debut novels in years. Riveting storytelling with a lot of fresh ideas."

Robert Charles Wilson
Plague Year

"Tightly written and well-told."

E.E. Knight
Plague Year

"Part Michael Crichton, part George Romero... full of high-altitude chills."

Publishers Weekly
"The Frozen Sky"

"The standout [of the anthology] is Jeff Carlson's 'The Frozen Sky', a pulse-pounding account of an encounter with extraterrestrial life beneath the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa."
Plague Year

"Carlson debuts boldly and strongly, providing a thrilling, fast-paced novel thats sure to be gulped down in a single sitting by avid readers."

Plague Year

Unique. I look forward to seeing what he comes up with next.