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Author of technology thrillers and science fiction.

    

Born into a tough neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey, I learned powerful lessons about family, friendship and violence. My escape was fiction, and I spent many hours reading in the local library. My passion was technology and I went on to gain a BS in Chemical Engineering from NJIT. Not enough challenge. Always fascinated by new technologies, I was awarded a full fellowship at Columbia University and gained a MS in Nuclear Engineering. Although I designed submarine nuclear reactors for three years, I discovered that I enjoyed computer technologies more than reactor design, so I changed career direction and achieved a second MS; this one in Computer Science from RPI.

Fascinated by virtually all areas of software development, my expertise grew to include development, design, project management, quality improvement and finally, general management. My niche was software consulting and my team assisted many large corporations and governmental organizations. Always looking for the latest challenge, I built and managed several consulting practices. I'm especially proud of two accomplishments – assisting AT&T greatly improve the quality of the first commercial UNIX release and helping Microsoft to create a world class consulting organization. Positions held during my consulting years included Senior Principal with an international accounting/consulting firm, President, Software Technology Management Inc. and General Manager with Microsoft.

Several years ago I decided to leave consulting and concentrate on a long held desire to write fiction. A successful engineer and businessman, I had the breath of experience to understand and synthesize rapidly evolving strands of technology. It became clear that fundamental change would turn our society upside down within the next few decades. Humans will have to adapt rapidly to gain the advantages of these changing social and technological innovations. Indeed, we will have to adapt rapidly just to survive.

I scoped out a trilogy of novels to expose three oncoming challenges; computer viruses enhanced with artificial intelligence (set in 2012), the oncoming clash between religion and technology concerning what it means to be human (2022), and the beginnings of the integration of human and artificial intelligence into a network entity (2031). Each novel is written as a thriller – packed with adventure, sex, greed and romance – as well as realistic science and technology. The three leading characters – Dianne Morgan, a female mega-billionaire obsessed with power; Ray Brown, her onetime lover and a brilliant software architect; and David Brown, Ray’s genetically gifted son – are fascinating and all too human.

PeaceMaker, my first novel, was released in August, 2004 with outstanding feedback by critics, authors, and most importantly, by customers. As one critic wrote, " If you enjoy techno-thrillers, you’re going to enjoy Peacemaker." My next novel, Unholy Domain, was released in April,2008 by Kunati Publishing with equally great reviews. My final novel in the trilogy, 2031: the Singularity Pogrom, was released late summer, 2010 by ATTM Press.
 

     



Books

Unholy Domain by Dan Ronco
A deliberately staged IT catastrophe leaves the world sunk into depression and the US government ineffectual. The secretive and powerful Domain, using organized crime to spread its technology, seeks to take humankind to the next level of evolution through artificial intelligence. The fanatical Army of God battles to stop them. Dan Ronco’s fast-paced techno-thriller depicts a world of violent extre...
  

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PeaceMaker: A Thriller by Dan Ronco
Software expert Ray Brown is plunged into a life-or-death contest with PeaceMaker, a deadly artificial intelligence that has infected most of the world's computing devices. His determination to eliminate PeaceMaker leads him into a dangerous conflict with the Domain, a clandestine organization dedicated to a new world order.Humiliated by the federal government in an anti-trust trial that has torn ...
  

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2031: The Singularity Pogrom by Dan Ronco
No one really has the guts to say it, but if we could make better human beings by knowing how to add genes, why shouldn’t we? —-- James Watson, Co-discoverer of the structure of DNA My new novel, 2031: The Singularity Pogrom takes Watson’s idea and raises the ante. Why not integrate artificial and human intelligence in these "better human beings"? Would the result conti...
  

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Short Stories

A View of United States Energy Supplies in 2028
 by Dan Ronco
Jeff Casale and Lisa Mitchell are security consultants engaging in a distressed conversation with the President and National Security Advisor in 2028. The subject is the country’s desperate energy sit...


Softrware Keeps Getting Smarter
 by Dan Ronco
IBM's Watson demonstrates its intelligence by defeating two Jeopardy champions. Is this another step toward a PeaceMaker virus?...


The Unique Structure of my Novels
 by Dan Ronco
These novels may be read as stand-alone thrillers or as part of a series....


Dan Ronco Interviewed on Fascinating Authors
 by Dan Ronco
Get the inside story why my novels warn of a troubling future....


Listen to Dan introduce Unholy Domain
 by Dan Ronco
Dan Ronco outlines a trilogy of novels and then introduces Unholy Domain....


Listen to Dan Read from PeaceMaker
 by Dan Ronco
Dan Ronco provides a brief overview of PeaceMaker and then reads the Prolog....



Articles

Where Will the Engineers Come From?
 by Dan Ronco
Too many lawyers, but not enough engineers. We get what we pay for....


Superhumans: The Next Step?
 by Dan Ronco
Is our destiny to create a new, greatly enhanced species of humanity?...


Long Term Friendships
 by Dan Ronco
Visiting Old Friends Reminds You of What's Important...


Looking for a New Member to Join our Writing Group
 by Dan Ronco
A critique group is essential to lift your novel to a professional level....


The Future is not Star Trek
 by Dan Ronco
The future of humanity may not be Star trek....


Will Humanity Survive the Singularity?
 by Dan Ronco
By Dan Ronco, author of the visionary novel Unholy Domain ...


My Favorite Television Sci-Fi Characters
 by Dan Ronco
The most memorable science fiction characters to have appeared on TV....


On Science Fiction Characters
 by Dan Ronco
Are SF characters different from mainstream literature?...


Where does the Darkness come from?
 by Dan Ronco
My novels seem to tap a well of darkness....


Protect Your PC: Part Two
 by Dan Ronco
More commom sense suggestions to protect your PC on the internet...


Will YouLive to be 100?
 by Dan Ronco
Would you Want to live that long?...


Lifeblogging
 by Dan Ronco
How would you like total memory recall?...


What Makes A Great Thriller?
 by Dan Ronco
Only a few books or movoes are first-class thrillers. In this article, I try to explain why....


Protect Your PC
 by Dan Ronco
You can go a long way in protecting your PC with just a few easy steps....


A New Golden Age of Science Fiction is in View
 by Dan Ronco
The next two decades will present great opportunities for science fiction writers as technology accelerates....


Blade Runner Remains a Dark Question
 by Dan Ronco
I watched the Director’s Cut of Blade Runner last night, and, you know, it’s still compelling and relevant. ...


Read Chapter 2 of Unholy Domain
 by Dan Ronco
Chapters 1, 2 and 3 will provide an excellent preview of the story....


BattleStar Galactica is Great Science Fiction
 by Dan Ronco
In my opinion, three science fiction television series stand head and shoulders above all the rest: StarTrek (the original and all its derivatives), Babylon 5, and BattleStar Galactica. Firefly had po...


Read Chapter 3 of Unholy Domain
 by Dan Ronco
Reading a novel is an intensely personal experience. You may love the story, or in the worst case, toss the book aside after a few chapters. As the author, I may believe that Unholy Domain, my new thr...


Book Review: Empire by Orson Scott Card
 by Dan Ronco
Write What You Know ... Or Know What You Write...


A Thousand Visits in a Day
 by Dan Ronco
My website focusing on the near future has grown faster than I expected....


The Internet Has Become Our Primary News Source
 by Dan Ronco
The Internet has become our primary news source, but is it providing accurate, high quality information?...


Discussion Issues for Reading Groups
 by Dan Ronco
Emerging technologies are forcing society-cracking strains in traditional religious beliefs....


What have I got to lose?
 by Dan Ronco
David Brown is the protagonist in Unholy Domain. ...


Al Bundy’s Course for Protecting Your PC: Part 1-Common Sense
 by Dan Ronco
Comedy presented in an educational framework. Or vice-versa....



News

Midwest Book Review: 2031: The Singularity Pogrom
 by Dan Ronco
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating work of science fiction with plenty of unique concepts, January 9, 2011 ...


Material Witness: a story that develops at breakneck speed and is cinemati
 by Dan Ronco
A detailed review by a British blogger....


Win a Free Copy of Unholy Domain
 by Dan Ronco
Tracy Farnsworth at Roundtable Reviews is running a contest (see below). Enter a maybe you'll get lucky....


Book Chase: Unholy Domain is a rollercoaster ride
 by Dan Ronco
This review provides a good summary of the action...


Soulless Machine Review: UD is an Action Packed Coming of Age Story
 by Dan Ronco
This reviewer compares my writing to Michael Crichton,William Gibson and Elmore Leonard, great company indeed!...


NothingBinding.com: Unholy Domain almost screams Look around you!
 by Dan Ronco
Well-written review by another author...


Deep Interview with Dan Ronco
 by Dan Ronco
Mayra Calvani explores my background and my writing....


J. Kaye's Book Blog: Unholy Domain is a real page turner.
 by Dan Ronco
Includes quotes from other authors....


Midwest Book Review: Unholy Domain is a gripping thriller all the way
 by Dan Ronco
This is the second reviewer from Midwest Book Review to write about Unholy Domain. Both great reviews....


Unholy Domain on TCM Reviews
 by Dan Ronco
Brief, but interesting review of UD on a well-known blog...


An Interview with Dan Ronco About Unholy Domain
 by Dan Ronco
Simon Barrett in Blogger News Network I really enjoyed Dan Ronco’s latest book, Unholy Domain, it is set in the near future, and paints a bleak picture of what might happen in the aftermath o...


BooksAreMyOnly Friends.blogspot.com:Unholy Domain is a fast paced thriller
 by Dan Ronco
Interesting review of Unholy Domain...


Blogger News Network: Unholy Domain takes this genre in a new direction.
 by Dan Ronco
Book review: Unholy Domain by Dan Ronco ...


ReviewYourBook.com: Unholy Domain a Must Read for fans of Science Fiction
 by Dan Ronco
Unholy Domain A world where religious terrorists and visionaries of technology fight for supreme power. 5 stars ...


Unholy Domain placed in Suburban Fiction Top Four Books
 by Dan Ronco
I was thrilled to learn that Unholy Domain was placed in the top four books reviewed by Alex Hutchinson for Suburban Fiction. Here is the complete review. ...


Unholy Domain is a mix between Orwell’s 1984 and Dick's Minority Report
 by Dan Ronco
All Fiction Books: Where Science and Religion Go to War Reviewd by Stuart Nachbar ...


Top Fifty Amazon Reviewer: an action-packed, page-turning read
 by Dan Ronco
Amanda Richards is one of Amazon's top reviewers, so I was thrilled when she decided to review Unholy Domain....


Midwest Book Review: Unholy Domain is a tale from our worst nightmare
 by Dan Ronco
Another great review from a top level book review site....


Kunati Books Selected as Independent Publisher of the Year
 by Dan Ronco
I am thrilled to see my publisher recognized for excellence....


BookShelf Reviews calls Unholy Domain Riveting
 by Dan Ronco
An interesting review on this blog....


Unholy Domain Praised by Roundtable Reviews
 by Dan Ronco
Dan Ronco Picks Up where Asimov and Dick left off....


Unholy Domain Review by Blogcritics Magazine
 by Dan Ronco
Written by Alex Hutchinson ...


Excellent Review of Unholy Domain in BookHuntersBlog
 by Dan Ronco
Review: “Unholy Domain” by Dan Ronco - Thought-provoking What If ...


Top Book Review Site Praises Unholy Domain
 by Dan Ronco
BookPleasures.com is one of the top book review sites on the net, so I was thrilled with their review....


Win a Free Novel!
 by Dan Ronco
Readers of Unholy Domain, my compelling new thriller, can win a free copy of PeaceMaker, my first novel. Just post a review of Unholy Domain on Amazon or another online bookseller and notify me at da...


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A radically different future is emerging, one shaded with hope and danger. Technology is advancing rapidly, pushing our society forward, dragging religion in its wake. My novels Peacemaker and soon-to-be-released Unholy Domain illuminate a troubling future.

 
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