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About

Author.

Daniel Verastiqui has been writing stories since he received a Smith-Corona electric typewriter for his 10th birthday. His more recent work focuses on relationships and identity in the larger context of technology, explosions, and gratuitous cursing. He draws inspiration from his obsession with computers, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence, as well as his professional work in Austin’s high-tech startup scene. He regrets calling it a “scene.”

His books are pretty awesome, especially if you’re a fan of Asimov, PKD, Richard K. Morgan, William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, Daniel Saurez, or countless other great Science Fiction authors.

He recommends you start with his latest novel, Por Vida, and work backwards.

Father.

Daniel became a father at the ripe old age of 37 and now laments how quickly his son, El Matador, has learned to crawl. His family is rounded out by a beautiful photog wife, Dominique, and two ferociously lovable pups, Cheyenne and Jetson. They all live together in a mid-century colonial yurt in East Pflugerville, Texas but still claim to live in Austin.

Married 3.2.2018.

He will gladly show you pictures and videos of his son in person. You don’t even have to ask.

Professional Problem Solver.

Daniel has worked at Uplogix, Inc. since leaving a Network Analyst position at the University of Texas System Office of Telecommunication Services in 2006. Over the years, he’s held several positions related to customer support, including technical support, production documentation, website management, and so forth. His current responsibilities as Director of Technical Services include making sure customers get all the help they need from first pitch through evaluation and deployment to business as usual.

He also designs web applications using PHP, MySQL, and Bootstrap to help manage all the information Uplogix uses to provide unrivaled customer support. From updates to tasks to tracking, his Central application keeps tabs on all of the customer information that used to live in random people’s heads.

Additionally, Daniel maintains the server side of uplogix.com, and can deploy a LAMP stack in less time than it takes to get your order at Torchy’s.

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Recent Reviews

Great Read (but how the hell do you say the title?) Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love. Girl falls out of love, so boy makes a digital copy of girl, who turns into a cyber god bent on revenge. Just your typical teenage romance for the digital age, right? Aside from the title (which, seriously, how the hell would you pronounce that?), I really loved this book once I got going with it. The characters are beautifully drawn, if slightly annoying sometimes with their obsessions, and the representation of what life could be like a few years from now is eerie and resonant. The novel gets slightly repetitive in places, with X constantly revisiting and reliving scenes of his time with C, but that seems to be a deliberate choice on the part of the author. With our entire lives available for replay, it’s easy to fall into a loop, living in the past. I also had a slight issue with how quickly everyone falls into obsessive, “I would die for you” love, but they are all teenagers, so I guess it’s not that strange. One thing I did dislike is that one of the main characters, typically represented as a good guy, gets disturbingly rapey at one point. It’s never addressed afterwards, and there are no consequences for him. I know that that’s how things often play out in real life, but I feel like the author could have taken a stronger stance against it. I read this after Veneer, a novel by the same author, and when I realized it partway through my enjoyment of it definitely increased. If possible, I definitely recommend reading Veneer first, even though this comes earlier chronologically.

Jeba – Xronixle

The Possible Future. Really enjoyed this book by Daniel Verastiqui. The future Verastiqui paints is one that feels not far from the realm of the possible. Of course this future world is still controlled by two super-corporations, but simulated human technology has begun to blur the lines between the artificial and the real. The book brings up fascinating ethical questions that could arise as machines become more and more like living beings. As the plot moves forward it becomes more and more apparent that at some point mankinds’ creations could begin to operate outside of the control of humans, and it’s a scary but interesting world to consider. I’ve read Verastiqui’s other books, and I really like how he ties the characters, corporations, and events to each other from book to book. One can easily begin to believe the the mega-corporations of tomorrow could easily look like Vinestead and Perion Synthetics.

Todd Pruner – Perion Synthetics
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