Author Spotlight: Mark Alpert!

Written by EAPL staff member Mary N. :)

I call many people brilliant. I may use the word literally when I mean figuratively. But this guy Mark Alpert is LITERALLY brilliant.

Which you can tell in his sci-fi books. He has an actual understanding of the science he writes about, which makes me ridiculously happy. What can I say? I love sci-fi that potentially makes sense. :)

He's an editor for Scientific American, just in case you needed further proof of this man's genius. This also means that he makes science (an already mad-interesting subject) easier to understand for the everyday reader. Someone get this man an award: he's a hero!

If you enjoy reading authors like Michael Crichton and Daniel Wilson, give this guy a try. He's legit. And plays softball, y'know... just to keep himself relatable.

*Book summaries taken from Goodreads

The Six
Adam's muscular dystrophy has stolen his mobility, his friends, and in a few short years, it will take his life. Virtual reality games are Adam's only escape from his wheelchair. In his alternate world, he can defeat anyone. Running, jumping, scoring touchdowns: Adam is always the hero.

Then an artificial intelligence program, Sigma, hacks into Adam's game. Created by Adam's computer-genius father, Sigma has gone rogue, threatening Adam's life-and world domination. Their one chance to stop Sigma is using technology Adam's dad developed to digitally preserve the mind of his dying son.

Along with a select group of other terminally ill teens, Adam becomes one of the Six who have forfeited their bodies to inhabit weaponized robots. But with time running short, the Six must learn to manipulate their new mechanical forms and work together to train for epic combat...before Sigma destroys humanity.

The Siege
(Sequel to The Six)
Mission: Sabotage.

Adam gave up everything for a new chance at life. Now with a cutting-edge digital mind, he is smarter, faster, better than a normal teen. Except Adam is anything but invincible. He's indebted to the government program that gave him this ability-and freedom comes at a price.

Adam and his teammates, the six Pioneers, swore to defend humanity against Sigma, the most ruthless artificial intelligence program ever designed. The Pioneers are all that stand between the AI and world domination. But Sigma has an advantage. It has learned about human weakness, and its new weapon? Betrayal.

In this war between good and evil, the battle lines have been drawn...but someone is about to switch sides.

Catch Mark at his website and on Twitter, and catch him IN PERSON at YA Fest 2017!!

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