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Author of PRESENCE, a science fiction novel about the future of virtual reality: http://amzn.to/2du0KLF
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Richard MacManus is a science fiction author and technology writer. He's the author of Presence, a science fiction novel about the future of virtual reality. He's also the founder of tech blog ReadWrite.

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I'm thrilled to announce the publication of my second book, Presence. It's a novel about the future of #VirtualReality. BUY NOW from Amazon as an ebook or paperback: http://amzn.to/2du0KLF
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My latest newsletter is an update on Presence sales, some early details about my next science fiction novel, plus a teaser about a new tech blog I'm developing with a buddy (will launch next year!).
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My scifi book, Presence, reached the top 20 in the Cyberpunk subgenre on Amazon.com for a few days early in October. Which was pleasing. But, wait a minute… #cyberpunk? I had thought that word went out of style in the 1990s. But no, apparently it’s alive and kicking as an subgenre of #ScienceFiction on Amazon. I have a better suggestion...
The term cyberpunk went out of style in the 1990s…so why is Amazon still using it as a subgenre of science fiction.
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WIN one of five paperback copies of my beautifully designed science fiction novel, Presence: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/207870-presence

Presence was released at the end of last month and early reviews have been very positive. Novelist Eliot Peper called Presence "an electrifying ride through the future of virtual reality" and "a technothriller that will keep you turning pages long past your bedtime." Influential VC Brad Feld said, "Richard's first sci-fi book is dynamite. I'm very hopeful that his phrase invirt will catch on for in virtual reality." And Bertalan Mesko, The Medical Futurist, said "I'm always looking for science fiction that extrapolates current technologies in a super smart way. Presence does this by imagining what a Facebook in the year 2051 would be like."

The ebook is available now: http://amzn.to/2ek48q5

For a chance to win a copy of the paperback, I invite you to enter this giveaway contest. The paperback was professionally designed by Kevin Barrett Kane and is a work of art.

Either way, if you read and enjoy the book, please consider posting a review on Amazon or Goodreads.

Good luck if you choose to enter this contest!

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/207870-presence #GoodreadsGiveaway
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Last week Mark Zuckerberg demoed Facebook’s initial foray into social VR. He said that “virtual reality puts people first” and “it’s all about who you’re with.” That’s exactly what I explored in my new science fiction novel, Presence. In the future, I think it’ll be as common to go “invirt” as it is to go “online” today. To explain what this will mean for the future of social networking, I wrote a post about the universe of Presence and what the key themes in the novel are. #invirt
In the future, it’ll be as common to go “invirt” as it is to go “online” today.
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My upcoming novel speculates on what VR presence will be like in 2051. But as you'll see in this edition of my newsletter, there's a lot of work to be done before such presence becomes a reality. #virtualreality #VR #sciencefiction
My novel speculates on what VR presence will be like in 2051, but there’s a lot of work to be done before it becomes a reality.
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My annual year in review post. Here's my top 5 tech trends. Let me know whether you agree or not...

1. Virtual Reality Becomes Reality
2. Conversing With Artificial Intelligence
3. Social Media Jumps The Shark [nb: actually read what I wrote before commenting!]
4. Society Begins To Tackle Automation
5. Pokémon GO & The Dawn of Augmented Reality
Each December going back to 2004, I’ve done a year in review blog post about technology. This year I’m focusing on technology trends rather than specific products. But I’ll mentio…
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#CyberMonday sale on my science fiction book, Presence. Pick up a copy today for just $0.99!! Yes, you did read that correctly. Unbelievable bargain, right? Let's see if I can crack the top 20 Cyberpunk charts on Amazon again... #KindleCountdown
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It's been just over a month since I released Presence, my debut scifi novel. Here are my learnings so far... #indieauthor #sciencefiction
Five weeks after the launch of Presence, I’ve had some nice reviews and sales had an early peak. Since then it’s been a struggle…but a fun one.
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If you’re a member of #KindleUnlimited, you can download my scifi novel PRESENCE for free. It’s about the future of #VR and I'd love for you to give it a read.
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My science fiction book, Presence, is now available on iTunes as well as Amazon. If you read your ebooks on iBooks, check it out here: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/book/presence/id1158737231?mt=11&at=1l3vtIW&ct=oct15 #sciencefiction #virtualreality
In virtual reality, you still bleed. Presence is a technothriller about the future of Virtual Reality. The novel has an intriguing cast of characters, riffs on themes of identity and privacy, and features enough drones and clones to satisfy the geekiest of scifi readers. Early reviews of Presence have been very positive. Novelist Eliot Peper called Presence "an electrifying ride through the future of virtual reality" and "a technothriller that wi...
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Our content creation and communication tools – Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Snapchat, and others – are preventing us from truly engaging with the world around us. We’re only engaging with a tiny portion of the world. Primarily, with those who think like us (your Facebook feed), or who shout the loudest (like Trump on Twitter). The public discourse is skewed because of this; and we either need our tool makers to step up and fix it…or we need new tools. #socialmedia 
With social media nowadays, it’s not the true person you’re seeing. Too often, it’s an exaggeration and sometimes even a fake.
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