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Scorpion
A Novel
By (author): Christian Cantrell
9781984801975 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure May 25, 2021
$36.00 CAD
Forthcoming 6.41 x 9.39 x 1.11 in | 1.18 lb 336 pages Random House
As the world changes faster than humanity can adapt to it, a government insider chases a serial killer who makes her question what it means to be a hero in this electrifying novel from the author of Containment.

With the world bordering on unprecedented technological change, Quinn Mitchell is an old-school, nine-to-five spy—an intelligence analyst for the CIA during the day, and a suburban wife and mother on evenings and weekends. After struggling with a personal tragedy, Quinn hopes to find redemption in her newest assignment: a series of bizarre, international assassinations where victims are found with numeric codes tattooed, burned, or carved into their flesh. As Quinn follows the killer’s trail around the globe, always one body behind, she begins uncovering disturbing connections between the murders—and herself.

Finding the killer will hinge on Quinn’s ability to grapple with the Epoch Index, a massive database that can reveal almost anything about anyone—past, present or future—and which leads her to a shocking twist that makes her question everything she thought she knew.

Christian Cantrell’s inventive and exciting fiction explores unfamiliar worlds and alternative futures. A born prototyper, he has also written extensively on the evolution and future of technology, and he brings the full range of his scientific expertise to this captivating speculative thriller.

Story Locale: Virginia, Qatar, Paris

EARLY PRAISE FOR SCORPION: “This stunning near-future thriller from Cantrell takes some truly breathtaking turns… Cantrell’s drolly caustic prose encourages readers to care about the characters, even as the many surprises make it dangerous to get close to any one of them. The result is as entertaining as it is intellectually and ethically challenging.”—Publishers Weekly (*starred review*); “[Scorpion] takes place in an only slightly futuristic world that snaps and bristles with technological capabilities that may seem distant or improbable but which are in fact just around the corner.  There’s snappy dialogue, sharp observation, and compelling characters in Quinn, Ranveer, and Henrietta; the technology sings, the physics is plausibly presented, and the suggestion of time travel fascinates. A fast, fun, and intelligent SF thriller.”Kirkus (*starred review*)

PRAISE FOR CONTAINMENT (Cantrell’s previous self-published novel with 125K copies sold): “Cantrell has produced a thoughtful visualization of a possible future for mankind.”—Publishers Weekly

FORTHCOMING MOVIE: Brad Peyton is set to direct Scorpion for Fox, which landed the rights after six studios bid in a heated auction.

Christian Cantrell, a software engineer living outside of Washington, D.C., is the author of the novels Containment, Equinox, and Kingmaker and several short works of speculative fiction, three of which have been optioned for film or TV. Beyond his writing, he leads a team of designers and engineers who prototype the future of creativity at Adobe.

Author Residence: Northern Virginia

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Author Website: christiancantrell.com/

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“[Scorpion] takes place in an only slightly futuristic world that snaps and bristles with technological capabilities that may seem distant or improbable but which are in fact just around the corner…There’s snappy dialogue, sharp observation, and compelling characters in Quinn, Ranveer, and Henrietta; the technology sings, the physics is plausibly presented, and the suggestion of time travel fascinates…A fast, fun, and intelligent SF thriller.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“This stunning near-future thriller from Cantrell takes some truly breathtaking turns…. Cantrell’s drolly caustic prose encourages readers to care about the characters, even as the many surprises make it dangerous to get close to any one of them. The result is as entertaining as it is intellectually and ethically challenging.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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