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About the author:
Co-authors Judi Suni Hall, PhD. and Donald S. Hall, PhD. have shared their lives and careers since marrying as undergrads. They both did PhD.'s in theoretical physics, then moved into industry and worked at AECL, Canada's nuclear research lab. Judi spent her career first designing reactor safety systems, then as an industrial risk analyst . As Technical Director of AECL's risk analysis consultancy Judi worked with a number of industries, including the Canadian Space Agency. Her fascination with space began then. Don started his career in instrumentation and control then shifted to artificial intelligence His research on expert systems led to collaboration with some of Canada's top AI researchers.
Their lives were changed by a severely disabling virus and 10 years were a write off. Don now runs Apps & More Software Design developing scheduling software for the Mac and mental health software for the iPhone and iPad. He has the caregiver role as Judi is still severely disabled.
They began writing science fiction for their own pleasure, both for the fun of creating the story line, and to try to extend current technology to the far future. It was natural for them to use their background in physics and in industry when creating the Gingezel series. It took twelve years to finish the first four epic novel series, so of course they could not anticipate the reactor accident in Japan that suddenly made this series so timely.
In addition to writing science fiction, Judi and Don are internationally published haiga poets, artists, and award winning surface designers.
Gingezel 4: Hacker
Judi Suni Hall PhD.
Donald S. Hall PhD.
You grasp at straws when they are all you have to grasp at. That is what Dr. Dreen Pendi, former head of Nemizcan Computing, thinks he's doing wondering if the reactor overpower on the remote mining planet Drezvir could have been caused by a hack to the control and safety system. But Leeth Kembel, one of the few hackers good enough to have done it is on Drezvir with plenty of motive - a bitter hatred of Dreen for his sending Leeth to prison for hacking when he was a young man. That hatred might have been enough to cause Leeth to agree to help his boss, terraformer C.C. Windegren, sabotage the reactor to prevent import of biohazard waste to the planet.
Suspicion is not proof and Dreen cannot bring himself to go to authorities without that proof. It turns into a hacker vs hacker game as the expert team of industrial risk analysts eliminate all but design flaws or quantum computer effects as the cause. Time is running out. Either Dreen or his lover Mitra, Dr. Mitra Kael, designer of the reactor and the chief project engineer, will be charged with manslaughter and face the death penalty unless evidence of the hack can be found.
At times like this you need help from your friends. Dreen's hackers Brys and Vennbir are doing what they can, but they need inspiration. Unexpected 'help' from Ghen Kulgalu, the galaxy's drug lord, has Ceb Windegren, one of the most senior members of the Interplanetary Judiciary, en route to Drezvir. He is risking an inter-sector diplomatic incident, but he needs to know if the accident was caused by that son of his, or if there is something even more sinister going on.
Science fiction by scientists.
- Publication Date:
- 1490469869 / 9781490469867
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Fiction / Science Fiction / High Tech