John Hampel romped through the 60s watching "Leave it to Beaver," and "Sky King" (and Penny ... Penny, Penny, oh God, Penny, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul ... oops! forgot where I was ... ), stumbled through the 70s (surviving somehow), got into computers in the 80s (it was the thing to do), picked up an MBA in the 90s (it was just (sigh) the thing to do), and currently lives and works in Wisconsin.
So what happens when one company attempts to know *everything* about an individual, and there are no checks and balances on that type of power? That's the general framework for the novel Glass House 51 by John Hampel. It's an interesting story where a number of already-present technologies are combined and played out to some extreme (but not entirely unthinkable) conclusions. The story revolves around Richard Clayborne, a rising star of AlphaBanc, and his involvement … more