New Science Fiction Novel Posits Memory Downloads, Theft

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Scientist travels from United States to China, tapping minds

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Privacy remains one of the hottest topics in the news today, and novelist Robert Wann offers a new perspective. Project Download (published by AuthorHouse) is a science fiction adventure spanning two continents with an exciting cast of characters. The book touches on the cyberpunk themes of Neuromancer as well as the adventure and conspiracy angles of A Scanner Darkly, suggesting that even in death a person’s secrets are no longer safe.

Henrik Strasser is a skilled neurosurgeon who’s made a brilliant discovery: the ability to download a person’s memories. Reviled and persecuted by his peers, he’s forced to relocate his practice from Pennsylvania to Indiana and partner with Roland Kasowski, a mortician, to gain access to the newly-dead bodies his technique requires. He meets Luther, a software engineer, and Alberto, an ex-convict mortuary assistant more than willing to resume his old life.

Desperate for money to continue his research, Henrik and Roland begin a series of thefts using knowledge they glean from the dead. Soon their actions drive them out of the country and across the Pacific Ocean to Guankou, China where they discover the real source of Roland’s secret funding: the Chinese military.

The Chinese generals soon force Henrik to adapt his technology for military use, threatening to call his debts if he doesn’t agree. Greed soon leads to violence, killing Roland, and Henrik’s vulnerability is compounded when he is pursued by a crime lord, a federal investigator and an American journalist. He and Luther must race to complete his research and escape before any of his pursuers find a way to trap him and steal his downloader.

About the Author
Robert Wann was born in Indiana but lives in Daytona Beach, Fla. A former automation engineer, he spends his days as an insurance agent and his nights ballroom dancing. Project Download is his first novel.

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing provider, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. For more information, visit


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