Catch-42: A novel about our future

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A glimpse of a future that may be right around the corner.

Tech thriller Catch-42 offers a mind-blowing tour of potential uses for AI, biotech, quantum computing, and robotics, all within a suspense-filled story packed with unexpected twists.  

Dan is an ordinary guy, scrambling to make a living, who has the most extraordinary dream. A mysterious voice from the future asks for his help. He finds himself transported to a technological wonderland where everyone’s dreams can come true. Could this be nirvana, a peaceful and clear state of mind, or is this life destroying the one thing that makes us human? Whose vision of the future should Dan believe: that of the New World Order of WeYou, or the revolution of an underground movement called Teccupy?  

Before Dan can make his choice, he must learn how we got from here to there. We are with Dan at every moment as he is forced to choose sides and think the unthinkable, make the impossible possible, and turn a hopeless situation into a solvable problem in his search for the ultimate catch-42.  

Brimming with current scientific findings, Catch-42 is a novel like no other that raises fundamental and philosophical questions whose answers depend on us all.


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ADVANCE PRAISE


“We added some new letters to the alphabet of life. Catch-42 turns these new letters into a fascinating story about technology, our society, and future.” —Floyd E. Romesberg, Chemist, Synthetic Biologist, TED Speaker


“In Catch-42, Felix Holzapfel spins his deep understanding of today's most important technology trends into a gripping narrative about choice, ethics, and the nature of humanity—and shows us that the future will truly be what we make it.” —Greg Verdino, Futurist, Author of “Never Normal”


“Creative, inventive, an enjoyable read. Stretched my thinking with an outstanding understanding of emerging technologies and what's possible today, coupled with a futuristic mindset that challenges the reader to explore what's real and what's right.” —Michael Fulton, Academic Director of Digital Executive Education at The Ohio State University


“Like it or not, technology will rapidly change our world. Catch-42 demonstrates why it is so important that all of us get involved in the decision-making process that is nearly upon us.” —M. Sean Coleman, Author of “Netwars: The Code”


“A breathtaking mix of science, technology, and philosophy. The result: A fascinating story with a daring and thought-provoking look into the future of humankind.” —Idris Mootee, Entrepreneur, Investor, AI evangelist


Catch-42 is not a classic page-turner but a demanding idea-turner. The novel covers many trending topics and important current questions. You might need some time to read it, but it’s worth every second.” —Brett Greene, Founder, New Tech Northwest


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Thinkers 360 recognized Felix Holzapfel as a Top 10 Global Thought Leader in Digital Transformation. During the last two decades, Holzapfel has been privileged to support many global players on their way to the digital age. While he has published several books about technology, trends, and the shift in our media landscape, Catch-42 is his first novel and a book he has wanted to write for a long time. Having sold his digital marketing agency to one of the world’s leading IT services providers, he now has time for this passion project.

To learn more, visit www.felixholzapfel.com.

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Robert Price
May 13, 2021
I've often wondered if the general populations alive during past periods of great social or cultural change were cognizant of the significance of the changes taking place around them. Certainly some were. We can read the documents and works of illustrative fiction of the few who made an effort to record changes during their times. My guess, though, is that the great majority of people were fully occupied with their daily lives and remained unaware of what may be coming next as a result of changes going on around them. I admit I may just have projected this because this would aptly describe me today, or until very recently perhaps, with regard to the potential future outcomes facing us as a result of recent changes in technology. Then I read Felix Holzapfel's new book. With "Catch-42: A Novel About the Future", Holzapfel encourages us to lift our heads from our preoccupations and take a closer look at our current set of circumstances, particularly vis-a-vis what may develop in the future depending on our actions today. Further, he urges his readers to actively participate, in whatever way we can, in helping to shape an optimal future. As is perhaps required for any good science fiction, Catch-42 describes events and characters that are extrapolated from real, present day science and which are as a result quite plausible. The story follows Dan, a regular guy living in current times who gets pulled into the future and embroiled in a process created by some of that time to shape the way their future progresses from that point. There are some nice twists in the story line and, combined with the cool science-based characters and events, it is an entertaining read. More than that though, considering the siren call it makes of a possible dystopic future for humankind should certain technological outcomes be realized, it is arguably a very important read for all of us.
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Fabio Turel
May 13, 2021
Visionary and disquieting realistic at the same time.
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About the author

Thinkers 360 recognized Felix Holzapfel as a Top 10 Global Thought Leader in Digital Transformation. During the last two decades, Holzapfel has been privileged to support many global players on their way to the digital age. While he has published several books about technology, trends, and the shift in our media landscape, Catch-42 is his first novel and a book he has wanted to write for a long time. Having sold his digital marketing agency to one of the world’s leading IT services providers, he now has time for this passion project.  

To learn more, visit www.felixholzapfel.com. 

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