Sleep State Interrupt is available as a trade paperback and in various electronic formats:
Sleep State Interrupt
2017 Compton Crook Finalist for best first science fiction novel!
In Sleep State Interrupt, a giant media corporation has taken over the Internet, created an addictive virtual reality called BetterWorld, and controls nearly all information. Politicians do their bidding and a brainwashed humanity serves a privileged few.
Waylee Freid, an unemployed Baltimore journalist with ever-worsening bipolar disorder, is the only hope for a brighter future. She and her countercultural friends bust a notorious teenage hacker out of jail and sneak into a closed presidential fundraiser at the Smithsonian castle, where they hope to record incriminating admissions that will wake up the world. Hunted by Homeland Security, Waylee and her friends must reach a sufficient audience by broadcasting their video during the Super Bowl. But to do so, they'll have to break into one of the most secure facilities ever built.
Praise for Sleep State Interrupt:
"Exceptionally well written, Sleep State Interrupt is a gritty, darkly humorous techno-thriller with flawed, believable characters, a taut, compelling plot, and a lot to say about the present-day USA. Highly recommended."
- Zeke Teflon, author of Free Radicals
"Sleep State Interrupt is near-future cyberpunk done right, featuring a diverse cast in a disturbingly plausible future. In a world where corporate, political, and media interests are aligned, a few courageous hackers risk their lives to change the broken system."
- T. Eric Bakutis, author of Supremacy's Shadow and Tales of the Five Provinces
"Journalism is changing at warp speed. In Sleep State Interrupt, T. C. Weber gives us a glimpse into what covering politics might be like in the future. But as you'll see, even as technology changes, human nature doesn't. And that makes for a thoroughly enticing tale."
- John DeDakis, former White House correspondent, former editor for CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer," and author of the novels Fast Track, Bluff, and Troubled Water.
"I thoroughly enjoyed reading Sleep State Interrupt. A fast paced tale ... with a moral perspective. The digital game addict, Kiyoko, is a fictional masterpiece."
- Carolivia Herron, host of Epic City on WOWD-LP 94.3 FM and award-winning literature scholar and author
"In Sleep State Interrupt, Waylee and her radical friends must run, hack, and cosplay to fight a terrifying concentration of power and cronyism. Readers will hold tight through Waylee's roller coaster states and cheer her on."
- Sherri Woosley, award-winning short story author
The Wrath of Leviathan is available as a trade paperback and in various electronic formats:
The Wrath of Leviathan
In Wrath of Leviathan, the second book of the BetterWorld trilogy, Waylee faces life in prison for daring to expose Media Corporation’s schemes to control the world. Her reality-challenged sister Kiyoko, her increasingly unhinged boyfriend Pel, and juvenile hacker genius Charles are hiding in São Paulo, Brazil, and trying to challenge MediaCorp’s monopoly over virtual reality and commerce. But a team of ruthless mercenaries and corrupt cops are after the trio, and are closing in fast. Meanwhile, MediaCorp and their government allies seek to quash the rebellion Waylee started, and tighten a grip over the world that could last for millennia.
Praise for The Wrath of Leviathan:
"With a compelling and diverse cast, great pacing, and near-future cyberpunk gunfights, T.C. Weber’s Wrath of Leviathan will keep you entertained all the way to the end."
- T. Eric Bakutis, author of Supremacy's Shadow and Tales of the Five Provinces.
"This second book in a trilogy features the same interesting characters, but with added emotional depth, thrown into a situation made more alarming as they struggle with the consequences of Sleep State Interrupt. Loyalty and betrayal must be constantly negotiated in both real time and in virtual reality. This book is smart, political, and disturbingly current."
- Sherri Cook Woosley, author of Walking Through Fire
Coming Sep. 1, 2020:
Kiyoko resolves to free her sister and bring down President Rand and MediaCorp. However, MediaCorp unleashes its ultimate plan: direct mind control with cerebral implants. Can Kiyoko and Waylee’s team stop them? Can they penetrate MediaCorp’s networks and end the company’s grip over humanity? All while eluding the biggest manhunt in history, in a country where everyone and everything is under surveillance?
Born in Salt
Fifty years after a coup replaced President Roosevelt with a fascist dictatorship, America is a land of hopelessness. Ben Adamson, a 19-year-old farm boy in southern Illinois, wants only to spend his time fishing and hunting, but when his brother is killed in combat—a story more suspicious than factual—he and Rachel, his brother’s fiancée, are drawn into an underground revolutionary movement.
After staging a rally against the war, Ben and Rachel are arrested by the ruthless Internal Security Service. Ben is given a choice: betray the rebels, including his best friend from childhood, or Rachel will be lobotomized.
Unwilling to doom anyone he cares about, and seeking justice for his brother, Ben decides on a third option: to frame corrupt officials to trade for Rachel, and in the process, turn the dictatorship’s factions against each other. But he must dodge the suspicions of police and rebels alike. And when Internal Security sends agents to verify his stories, all may be lost.
In this satire of local politics, a newly elected councilman tries to save the last stand of forest in the county against greedy developers and a dysfunctional government.