Sven Michael Davison is in a Traffic “State of Mind”

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Fed up with LA gridlock, Sven Michael Davison envisions mass transit and driverless cars for harmonious commuting in his future-thriller “State of Mind.”

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Although everyone rides around in computer controlled cars, the hero still loves his Detroit built 2029 electric Camaro, equipped with faux base-note exhaust.

In the recently released thriller “State of Mind,” Davison keeps America’s automobile culture, but removes the most dangerous component; the driver. With Google testing computer controlled cars, and China’s would be President Xi Jinping’s recent discussions with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villariagosa over investing in more rail commuting in California, it’s not a stretch to think that we might see Davison’s vision for transportation arriving in the next few decades. Davison’s scenes of people putting on make-up, sleeping, or watching TV while driving is nothing new if you’re used to navigating LA, but in his novel “State of Mind,” computers take all the risk and danger out this type of irresponsible behavior.

“State of Mind” envisions a Los Angeles filled with subways and linked to the rest of America with rail. In addition to this, an electric bullet train connects the West Coast from Vancouver to Buenos Aires and all major cities in between. “Although everyone rides around in computer controlled cars, the hero still loves his Detroit built 2029 electric Camaro, equipped with faux base-note exhaust.” says Davison.

“State of Mind” is first and foremost a near-future thriller, but the novel definitely comments on the society of today, and where we might be headed in the near future. It is the first novel in Davison's "God Head Trilogy.” Look for the second book, “State of Union” in the fall of 2012.

“State of Mind” is a cautionary tale that examines the loss of freedom in a classic post-industrial dystopia. Jake Travissi, a fallen hero, is given a rare second chance at redemption. The price? Volunteer to have a computer chip implanted in his brain and join Homeland Security’s experimental Enhanced Unit.

Davison wrestles with many of the most compelling themes of cyberpunk genre today: Should we embrace every technological advance without question? Should humankind blend itself physically with machines? What does freedom really mean? All of these questions are answered within a vivid tapestry where the boundaries between the virtual world and the real world have dissolved.

“State of Mind” is a finalist and winner of two Dan Poynter’s Global eBook Awards.

“A thoughtfully composed piece of cyberpunk that will please readers of both science fiction and noir.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Davison’s Los Angeles is pulpy- vibrant, an unforgettable wasteland. State of Mind is the world of the near future, the horrible synthesis of human desire and the technology to make it a reality. – ForeWord Reviews

“An intelligent, thought provoking, cinematic post-cyberpunk thriller and a great read.”

  • Antony Jones,

“This book deserves to go directly to the ‘Top Ten Best Sellers List.’” – Deb Shunamon, Reader Views.

“There are some crazy twists and turns in this novel and the end? One word… WOW. It totally blew me away. There are plenty of shocking, hanging on the edge of my seats moments.” – Alice Bola, girls just reading

“State of Mind” is a tense, thoughtful and well-paced sci-fi tale drawn from Davison’s life, imagination and his experiences with technological innovation. – Pod Cast Interview by Bryan Reesman

Sven Davison was raised in Denver, graduated NYU with a bachelor’s degree in film, and has worked as a trailer copywriter at Paramount Pictures and a staff screenwriter for several other smaller production companies. Davison currently oversees the linear content and menu production at 1K Studios, which is employed by most major film production companies.

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By Sven Michael Davison
Published by Bedouin Press
$25.95 • (389 pages) • 6 x 9
Hardcover with dust jacket • ISBN: 978-0-9666149-2-3
eBook $2.99
Publication date: 2011
To request a review copy or to schedule an interview, contact: Jeannine Patton
(310) 748-8731


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