Jurgen Appelo

is creating Glitches of Gods - a novel

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About Jurgen Appelo

"While his team is in a race to build the first human-level AI, Julien becomes the target in a war between rivaling activist groups that see his project as either liberating or enslaving the world. All Julien wants is to make funny cat memes. All he gets is two kids, two mystery guests, and erratic technologies disrupting his life. All will be solved when he wins the AI race. Or not?"

Most business novels suck. They are not-so-good as business books and quite terrible as novels. So I'm doing it the other way around: First, I am writing a great science fiction story that will be a joy to read. Second, it will touch upon some of my favorite themes, such as leadership, agility, and personal growth. I will not ruin a business book by adding a boring narrative. Instead, I will offer people a true sci-fi story with a small but inspiring work-life lesson.

Story first. Message second. With your support, I can spend less time on webinars and more time on writing. Do you want to be part of this?

“The Axxyz space station crashed into the city of Amsterdam on Sunday, the 8th of February, 2060.”
An aerial view of the Dutch capital city lit up in the holoroom around the forty-two tourists, showing streets and canals on the floor, suburbs against the walls, and a typical dreary Dutch sky overhead, which would be ablaze with catastrophic colors in about forty seconds.
“860 metric tons of debris dove with supersonic velocity toward one of the most densely populated and unfortunate urban areas in Europe.”
The dark and imposing voice sounded from all directions. Kathrin stood at the end of Vondelpark, her usual spot, facing the city center and quietly observing the small crowd’s eager anticipation of what would become the city’s biggest calamity in history, in approximately thirty seconds.
“At 400 kilometers above the Earth, the station had cruised at a speed of 27,000 kilometers per hour, or eight kilometers per second. By the time it had reentered the atmosphere, it had slowed down to a fraction of that speed and the resistance of the air around the planet had burned up a significant part of the hijacked station. Rocket missiles and powerful lasers, operated from Russia to the United States, and from Canada to France, had been able to shave bits and pieces off the falling fortress. Sadly, it had not been enough.”
Her friend Sjors stood a few paces to her right, with his feet firmly planted on the Apollo neighborhood. The coincidental reference made her smile. His lips slightly parted, he had a look of awestruck apprehension on his cute, cuddly face, for about ten more seconds.
The speaker drone, its solemn white easily distinguishable from the menacing black of the security drones, hovered a meter above the tourists and continued in its dramatic voice. Kathrin mouthed the words she had heard many times before.
“For centuries, the Dutch have weathered the assault of rising waters. That day, they braved a strike from the skies.”
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The current plan is the begin with an e-book, audiobook, and a printed softcover edition. But with enough support, we can make an exclusive hardcover edition for patrons.
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