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Light Reading Goes Faster Than Light

Light Reading is trying something completely different -- a science fiction story. "Silence Like Diamonds" is a fast-paced adventure involving themes important to the communications industry: the cloud, drones and network security. And cats. Read the first part here:

Silence Like Diamonds – Episode 1: Family Business.

Written by John Barnes, "Silence Like Diamonds" is the story of top-of-the-line security consultant Yi Ingrid Palacek -- "Yip" to friends and family. Yip has a nice, quiet life for herself in the family business solving problems for the world's biggest network providers. When Yip's sister lands a plum assignment working for NameItCorp (as ubiquitous as Google used to be), our heroine thinks it'll be a fat gig to keep her well supplied in cat food. But things get complicated fast, and Yip soon finds herself on the run from an shadowy international conspiracy.

We'll bring you "Silence Like Diamonds" in ten parts, starting today, and every Tuesday and Friday for the next few weeks.

Barnes, the author of "Silence Like Diamonds," is ideally suited for this assignment. Recently, he's been successful as a technology journalist. Prior to that, he had a long and distinguished track record as a successful writer of science fiction and other fiction genre.

"My thirty-first commercially published novel came out in September 2013," he says. "I've published about 5 million words that I got paid for. So I'm an abundantly published, very obscure writer."

Barnes' popular titles include Orbital Resonance, A Million Open Doors, Mother of Storms, Encounter with Tiber and Tales of the Madman Underground.

Plus, Barnes wrote two novels in collaboration with Buzz Aldrin. Yes, that Buzz Aldrin.

So why is Light Reading, which likes to publish fact, bringing you science fiction? Couple of reasons.

First, science fiction is more than just entertainment. Much of the best science fiction is a lens through which you can look at today's technological and scientific trends, and where they might lead in the future.

Science fiction is especially a natural match for the communications industry. Because our industry brings people the future today.

We don't have flying cars, hotels on the moon or humanlike robots (though we're getting there on the robots), but by gosh we have pocket-sized computers that connect us with all the people and information in the world -- and beyond. Communications providers brought us that.

That's what the communications industry is doing today. What about the long-term future? What issues might service providers and the world they serve face ten years out and beyond?


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Science fiction is great for exploring those kinds of ideas, and that's one of the reasons why we're bringing you a science fiction story.

The other reason: Why not? It's summer. Let's relax and have a little fun with something different.

We'll talk more about John, "Silence Like Diamonds" and the issues in the story in coming weeks. For now, just fasten your safety belt, launch yourself into the future and start reading: Silence Like Diamonds – Episode 1: Family Business.

— Mitch Wagner, Circle me on Google+ Follow me on TwitterVisit my LinkedIn profileFollow me on Facebook, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading. Got a tip about SDN or NFV? Send it to [email protected].

DHagar 7/24/2015 | 5:32:20 PM
Re: Good idea RClarke, good comparisons.  It truly does educate us on the science, while entertaining us with the fictional story.  It is a good fit.
Mitch Wagner 7/24/2015 | 10:34:33 AM
Thanks for the support! Thanks for the support, guys! Hope you enjoy this!
TeleWRTRLiz 7/24/2015 | 9:57:32 AM
Summer Reading This is really awesome. Can't wait to read!
R Clark 7/24/2015 | 9:27:22 AM
Good idea Jules Verne came up with the submarine concept, the humanoid robot emerged from a Czech play, Arthur C. Clarke foreshadowed the geostationary satellite.... scifi has long been a spur for innovation.
KBode 7/24/2015 | 9:17:31 AM
Cool.. This is very cool, guys and gals. Kudos for trying something like this!
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