Friday, September 4, 2015

Matthew Mather - NOMAD is featured in the HBS Author's Spotlight Showcase

The Showcase is a special feature of the Author's Spotlight. It is designed to highlight Spotlight author's NEW releases and their soon to be released novels.

The HBS Author's Spotlight SHOWCASES Matthew Mather's New Book: NOMAD. 

Matthew Mather is a Best-selling science fiction writer and futurist. He is the author of CyberStorm and the six-part hit series Atopia Chronicles.


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Author: Matthew Mather

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Something big is coming… Big enough to destroy the entire solar system… And it’s heading straight for Earth. That’s what Dr. Ben Rollins, head of Harvard’s exoplanet research team, is told by NASA after being dragged out of bed in the middle of the night. His first instinct is to call his daughter, Jessica, who’s vacationing in Italy with his wife: something is coming, he tells them, a hundred times the mass of our sun. We can’t see it, we don’t know what it is, but it’s there. They’re calling it Nomad, and the Earth may be destroyed in months.

Excerpt from NOMAD



“Destroy the entire solar system,” repeated Dr. Müller, a sixty-something, pot-bellied man with thick spectacles below a tangle of gray hair. “And the Earth with it.”

Ben Rollins stared at him in dumbfounded silence and rubbed his bleary eyes. “That’s what I thought you said.” He wiped his hands down his face to pinch the bridge of his nose between his forefingers, squeezing his eyes shut. Opening them, he brought his hands away from his face together, as if in prayer, and exhaled slowly.

“Are you serious? Is this a joke?”

“No joke. We need you, Ben.” Dr. Müller pointed at a chair.

Ben stared around the wood-paneled conference room he’d been unceremoniously dragged into at three in the morning. Familiar faces, many looking even more haggard than he felt, nodded at him. Ben did a quick inventory: five people he recognized as fellow astronomers, all of them exoplanet hunters like himself. He didn’t know the other dozen dark-suited shadows hanging near the edges of the room.

Taking a deep breath, Ben focused on Dr. Müller—his clothes rumpled, two-day-old stubble on his chin—behind the podium at the front of the room. What the hell was he doing here? And what did he say? We need you? Ben hadn’t seen, or even heard, from Müller in twenty years. He slumped into the seat, his mind still off-kilter.

“In 2015 we discovered that 70,000 years ago, Scholz’s star passed through our solar system,” Dr. Müller said, continuing his presentation. “We now know that other stars transit our solar neighborhood every few tens of million years, some close enough to disrupt the orbits of the planets.”

He paused to take a drink from a glass of water on the podium, his hand visibly shaking. “New data from NASA has uncovered that our solar system has been falling toward a massive object we previously mistook for dark matter in the nearby arm of the Milky Way. However, the anomaly is much closer than that.”

“What kind of mass?” someone asked.

“Perhaps tens of times larger than our Sun.”

“Have you been able to image it?”

Dr. Müller shook his head. “Thus far we are only detecting it through gravitational effects.”

“And how far? What path is it on?” Ben asked.

“That’s why I’ve asked you here.” Dr. Müller began pacing again. “I need to get access to your data; need you to assemble your teams.”

“But you must be certain enough to drag us out in the middle of the night,” Ben persisted. “What’s your best guess?”

Dr. Müller stopped to grip the podium and stared down at the plush red carpeting. “Our best guess…” He paused to emphasize the word, looking up to lock eyes with Ben. “…is that Nomad—”


“That’s what we’re calling it—whatever it is. It’s heading directly toward us at extremely high speed.” He enunciated each word clearly to make sure nothing was misunderstood. “We estimate it is now less than twenty billion kilometers away. At most, we have a year, perhaps only months until the anomaly reaches us.”

Ben stared into Dr. Müller’s eyes, and a tingling of dread shivered from his scalp to his fingertips. He'd expected some answer, perhaps on the order of centuries and light years.

But not in kilometers.

And not in months.

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Author Description: In just three years, Matthew Mather's books have sold over a half million copies and been translated into sixteen languages, with 20th Century Fox developing his second novel, CyberStorm, for film. He began his career as a researcher at the McGill Center for Intelligent Machines, before starting high-tech ventures in everything from computational nanotechnology to electronic health records, weather prediction systems to genomics, even designing an award-winning brain-training video game. He now works as a full-time author of speculative fiction.

Author's Book List
The Dystopia Chronicles - Atopia Series Book 2
Cast out from Atopia, Robert Baxter undertakes a globe-trotting quest to find his friend Willy’s lost body, which just may hold the key to understanding the dangers facing his home…and Jimmy Scadden’s role in the disasters that are spreading across the world.

As Robert pieces together the puzzle, he realizes that mankind’s ravenous consumption of natural resources is no longer the most immediate threat to this world. As full-scale global war erupts and an ancient apocalyptic threat resurfaces, Robert must risk losing the ones he loves to save the planet from destruction.

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The Atopia Chronicles - Atopia Series Book 1
What could be worse than letting billions die?

In the near future, to escape the crush and clutter of a packed and polluted Earth, the world's elite flock to Atopia, an enormous corporate-owned artificial island in the Pacific Ocean. It is there that Dr. Patricia Killiam rushes to perfect the ultimate in virtual reality: a program to save the ravaged Earth from mankind's insatiable appetite for natural resources.

The Atopia Chronicles (Book 1 of the Atopia series) is the tale of mankind's dark slide across the apocalypse as humans and machines merge in a world teetering on the brink of ecological ruin.

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Sometimes the worst storms aren't from Mother Nature, and sometimes the worst nightmares aren't the ones in our heads. Mike Mitchell, an average New Yorker already struggling to keep his family together, suddenly finds himself fighting just to keep them alive when an increasingly bizarre string of disasters start appearing on the world's news networks. As the world and cyberworld come crashing down, bending perception and reality, a monster snowstorm cuts New York off from the world, turning it into a wintry tomb where nothing is what it seems...and no one can be trusted...

"A chilling prophecy...well written, a must read for any fan of good fiction." - Ian Peterson, book reviewer for Sci-Fi Readers

"As a member of the Military that does 'cyber' for his job, it's refreshing to finally see a novel that shows how dangerous our transition to an interconnected infrastructure will become without proper safeguards...I couldn't put down!" - Karic Allegra, Joint Interoperability Command, US NAVY

CyberStorm is the newly released novel from Matthew Mather, author of the best-selling hit series Atopia Chronicles. In his other lives, Mather is one of the leading members of the world's cybersecurity community, as well as a real-life tech pioneer and award-winning videogame designer. CyberStorm is a novel for anyone who enjoys insightful, cutting-edge fiction mixed with action and adventure.

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A terrifying new breed of predator evolves…
A dark secret determined to stay hidden...

Prophetic and frighteningly realistic, Darknet is set in present-day New York, the story of one man's quest to overcome a global menace pushing the world toward oblivion, and his incredible gamble to risk everything to save his family.

Jake O'Connell leaves a life of crime and swears he'll never return, but his new life as a stock broker in New York is ripped away when his childhood friend Sean Womack is murdered. Thousands of miles away in Hong Kong, data scientist Jin Huang finds a list of wealthy dead people in a massive banking conspiracy. Problem is, some of the people don't stay dead. As Jin begins her investigation, she's petrified to discover her own name on the growing list of dead-but-alive.

On the run, Jake O'Connell and Jin Huang race across continents to uncover a dark secret spreading like a cancer into the world. Why was Sean killed, and how is the list of wealthy dead connected? Are some of them really coming back to life? But all this becomes irrelevant when Jake's wife and daughter are attacked…

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