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The Genius Plague

(2017)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel
WINNER of the 2018 Campbell Award for Best Novel

A WALL STREET JOURNAL Best Science Fiction Book of 2017


In this science fiction thriller, brothers are pitted against each other as a pandemic threatens to destabilize world governments by exerting a subtle mind control over survivors.

Neil Johns has just started his dream job as a code breaker in the NSA when his brother, Paul, a mycologist, goes missing on a trip to collect samples in the Amazon jungle. Paul returns with a gap in his memory and a fungal infection that almost kills him. But once he recuperates, he has enhanced communication, memory, and pattern recognition. Meanwhile, something is happening in South America; others, like Paul, have also fallen ill and recovered with abilities they didn't have before.

But that's not the only pattern--the survivors, from entire remote Brazilian tribes to American tourists, all seem to be working toward a common, and deadly, goal. Neil soon uncovers a secret and unexplained alliance between governments that have traditionally been enemies. Meanwhile Paul becomes increasingly secretive and erratic.

Paul sees the fungus as the next stage of human evolution, while Neil is convinced that it is driving its human hosts to destruction. Brother must oppose brother on an increasingly fraught international stage, with the stakes: the free will of every human on earth. Can humanity use this force for good, or are we becoming the pawns of an utterly alien intelligence?

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"Fast-paced and engaging, this had me rapt from beginning to end. A surprisingly vicious, timely look at the line between humanity and its environment. Beautifully done. I am eating a mushroom omelet as revenge." - Mira Grant

"Riveting. David Walton gives us a wild ride through new territory." - Jack McDevitt

"David Walton is one of our very best writers of science-fiction thrillers, and The Genius Plague is a triumph from first page to last. This one will stick with you." - Robert J Sawyer


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Paperback Editions

October 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Genius Plague
Author(s): David Walton
ISBN: 1-63388-343-4 / 978-1-63388-343-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pyr
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Audio Editions

October 2017 : Audio CD
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Title: The Genius Plague
Author(s): David Walton
ISBN: 1-5384-0519-9 / 978-1-5384-0519-2
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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October 2017 : Audio CD
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Title: The Genius Plague: Library Edition
Author(s): Dr David Walton
ISBN: 1-5384-0518-0 / 978-1-5384-0518-5
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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October 2017 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Genius Plague
Author(s): David Walton
ISBN: 1-5384-0520-2 / 978-1-5384-0520-8
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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October 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Genius Plague
Author(s): David Walton
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Availability: Amazon   


October 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Genius Plague
Author(s): David Walton
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


October 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Genius Plague
Author(s): David Walton
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

October 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Genius Plague
Author(s): David Walton
Publisher: Pyr
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