You may now read my thriller short story CENTR, dealing with the power over the Internet. This is a short story, a work of fiction, but it was inspired by one of the most burning questions in the history of the Internet, today more burning than ever.
The United States of America has agreed to release control of ICANN, which handles the address register of all top domains. In other words, the address register is for example needed for directing internet traffic to the right country. In order to release control, the United States of America has posed certain conditions, to be fulfilled before September 2015. The question is… what happens if these conditions are not fulfilled?
I wrote the short story in the spring of 2015, on commission from .SE, in order for it to be mailed to the members of Centr, the European organisation for top domains, before a conference at Sheraton Stockholm Hotel, 1st – 3d of June, 2015.
I own the copyright and the short story might be distributed freely, provided that no changes are made.
Click HERE to download the story as a PDF file.
“Set in Stockholm, this thriller plunges us into a mystery of biblical origins but modern implications. Nova Barakel is an ecowarrior whose focus on the greenhouse effect and corporate responsibility compels her to commit vandalism. She inadvertently becomes the prime suspect when she stumbles upon the scene of a grisly murder during a politically motivated spray painting spree. In an attack on another front, her cohorts unleash a phone virus intended to cripple the next target on their Dirty Thirty list of environmentally dangerous corporations. Several more killings, shadowing the environmentalists’ gargets, implicate the ecogroup as modern Nephilim, descendants of stowaways on Noah’s Ark. Who are the Nephilim and what is their intention? Nova becomes an unwitting participant in their ancient machinations.
Verdict: Already a major sensation in Europe, this is Schwarz’s first novel to be released in the United States. Schwarz is a trained security consultant whose IT background shows in the novel’s technical details. Inevitably compared to Stieg Larsson, Schwarz is sure to find her own place alongside the other Nordic suspense masters.”
Library Journal has the highest circulation of any librarianship journal — approximately 100,000.
My thriller Nephilim, Kindle edition, is now available in the U.S. of A. and Europe at Amazon.com.
I am honoured to be guest blogging at Janet A. Rudolph’s blog, Mystery Fanfare. Janet A. Rudolph is known as “The Mistress of Mystery.” She is the writer/producer for Murder on the Menu®, director of Mystery Readers International, editor of the Mystery Readers Journal, a teacher of mystery fiction, and has been a columnist for most of the mystery periodicals.
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There is a soundtrack to my novel Nephilim, Death by Design by Undecimber. Not every novel can boast its own soundtrack. And the fact that Peter Steele’s (Type O Negative) musical heir is the lead singer doesn’t exactly hurt. You may listen to it here:
It all started eight years ago, when my first novel was published. We got it into our heads that it should have a soundtrack and organised a rock contest. Reaktor won. The years passed by. Reaktor changed their name and some members, but the voice remained the same. Then they released an album and sold lots of copies in the United Kingdom. Just as it should be.
Then the band derailed and lead vocalist Patrik Ransäter was asked to sing in Josh Silver’s new band. Yes, that John Silver – the former keyboardist and producer of Type O Negative. The album is to be released in U.S. this winter.
In spite of chaotic tours, recordings in L.A., and strange conversations with The Edge of U2, this band still wants to collaborate with me. Pretty amazing.
Writing this blog post, I asked Patrik Ransäter what it’s like writing a song that is to be the soundtrack for a book:
“You don’t write a song. Songs write themselves. It’s just a matter of being there when it happens … to feel the music resonating through your body and streaming out through your fingers, straight into the instrument. You can’t just sit down and write music. The same way I suppose you can’t just sit down and write a new novel to order. So in a way it felt like an impossible task when I was asked to write a soundtrack for a novel. But something happens as you read a book. The setting, the atmosphere, and the mood grips your soul. Music emerges. The lyrics are already there. The aestethics of a novel might contain a hurricane of feelings, enough for an entire album. On the other hand, it takes an exceptional author to light the fire. I have had the advantage of working with such an author. Life is not fair. Get over it.”
You may find more about Undecimber here.
I got a mail this morning that the launch for the U.S. e-book publicity campaign has now officially begun and the e-book’s publication date is August 15th. Personally? I hope for a trip oversea. It’s been long ten years since last time.
The Press Release goes like this:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A Thriller of Biblical Proportion
“A wonderfully exciting, deft and confidently written book.” /Laura magazine
“The Lord saw that human evil on earth was great, and He saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil.” /Genesis 6:5
In her first novel to be launched in America, Nephilim (Stockholm Text, August 15th 2013, $14.95 paperback, $6.99 ebook), Swedish crime novelist Åsa Schwarz delivers a page- turning thriller where a mythical conspiracy battles against environmental criminals.
When young and driven “Eco Warrior” Nova decides to take action against environmentally dangerous corporations, little does she know that a shadowy organization shares in her goal.
Soon Nova finds herself framed for a string of unusual and gruesome murders and is on the run from Swedish authorities. Left to her own device, Nova is forced to explore crawling biblical clues in order to unravel the mysteries of past and present…and to figure out how she got herself in the middle of it.
Nephilim is a unique and fast-paced suspense novel, blending biblical mythology with global conspiracies to create a convincing and effective story. Its in-depth characters and quickly unravelling plot, full of dramatic twists and turns, has made it a major success throughout Europe.
Åsa Schwarz, a trained Information Security Consultant, is one of Sweden’s most popular authors. What makes her stories stand out are her thorough characterizations and her mix of mystical legends with symbolic puzzles and modern technical detail.
Publicity Contact: Tricia van Dockum
Claes Ericson, StockholmText
My next novel, a horror story set in Stockholm, will be published on the 4th of June by Mix, Bonnier. As Bonnier’s seller says: “This is a roman à clef that will be widely talked about.”
The blurb goes like this:
“I pick up a pen and write down my wish in large, obvious letters. Then I draw a star with seven tips above the wish: I will take control of my life. I want to smash your roof in and tear down your house, destroy your life.”
Sara is an unknown writer, until she performs an ancient ritual. She doesn’t really believe in such stuff, but suddenly her dream is realised. She becomes a best-selling author, published by a large publishing house. Involuntarily, she is drawn into a triangle drama, one third of which is succesful publisher Anders. In jealousy she once again uses the powers she didn’t believe to exist. She writes down her darkest wishes
For review copies and marketing information, contact Stephanie Tärnqvist, Bonnier, here.
For publishing rights, contact Anna Frankl, literary agent. Phone: 0046-8-571 685 25. E-mail: email@example.com
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