Plagiarized is a story of how computer technology affects one man’s life in 2025. The Des Moines Register reporter Louis Huey arrives at work one morning to find that a major voter fraud story that he had been investigating for weeks had been stolen and published in a sleazy tabloid owned by billionaire media mogul Randolph Knoblock. The most obvious explanation is that his computer had been hacked. But he had not yet written the story. In search of an answer, Huey and his Iowa State University intern, Chloe Robertson, discover that their lives have been transformed without their awareness, so dramatically that they question what it means to be human..
This book is a work of fiction. But the technologies in this novel exist today and are being developed in government, university, and private laboratories around the world, often in secrecy. Louis Huey and Chloe Robertson happen to be newspaper reporters, but these technologies will change everyone’s life, regardless of who we are in life. Could the events in this novel happen? No doubt in my mind. Have some of these events already happened? Yes. Do we know enough to respond to the many challenges we are soon to face? Absolutely not. As Don Quixote once advised us, “Forewarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory.”
Targeted Age Group:
I need to explain new technologies in a way that can be understood by readers with little background on the subject, yet not insulting them by too much dumbing down.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Write about what you and what interests you. Then keep at it. Eventually someone will pay attention.
Dr. Kim Smith was born in London, England, but raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin in a mixed-country family by an English mother and an American father. He earned an interdisciplinary doctorate in political science and mass communication at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He retired in 2009 after a 30-year career teaching journalism at four universities. Since he retired, he has used his free time to train semi successfully for running and triathlon events and to write.
I have a strong interest in the effects of new technology, as a former mass media effects scholar.
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