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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Technological
  • Language:English
  • Pages:500
  • Format:Paperback
  • eBook ISBN:9781483598109
  • Paperback ISBN:9781483598093

Pavlov's Colon

by Howard Pierce

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Curtis Dresden, Director of the International Diplomatic Corp, has a spectacular and urgent problem to solve. Lester Cleland, 49thPresident of the United States, has raptured. Soaring naked from the Rose Garden during primetime news, Lester’s exit has left the carefully managed social economies of the world in chaos. In a time two generations beyond fake news and alternative facts, where religions have become buying clubs and three telecoms have divided up the world, shit still happens.

Stretching from Mormon data warehouses in Salt Lake City to a dope plantation in the mountains of Uganda, with stops in Telluride and Mombasa, Pavlov’s colon is the story of Curtis’ journey through serial revelations. Astonishing partners join his quest like Dahlgren, an international political operative who has dropped out to watch the world through the eyes of Buddha, and Danni the polymath child of Somali immigrants who sees the world as patterns that are invisible to others. Together they combine the power of a secret government quantum computer with Danni’s mystical data visualization program, Serendipity, to recreate a malleable version of the immediate past made from the myriad piles of data left behind by the organizations and individuals who control the world. Figuring out the rapture turns out to be the easy part, deciding what to do about the social mutations that caused it is more complex.


Pavlov's Colon is the first book in a trilogy of linked stories. It takes place just a few of short decades in the future (2048), and it portrays a world that should feel quite familiar to most readers albeit with some technical liberties taken here and there. The second book (currently under construction) will push out another hundred years or so. It will explore the accelerating manipulation of our individual epigenetic environments, and the effects of the coming world of infogenetics. Book three will jump out one thousand years further, leaving the world as we know it far behind.

About the author

Howard Pierce lives in Vermont with his wife Wendy. In previous careers he ran an architectural and construction company (Juba Design) and was CEO of a clinical informatics company (PKC).

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