Math is perfect; people are not.
The year is 2100 and the chaos of the early Internet era is long behind us. Mathematical proof ensures that neural implants can't be hacked, and the Board of Reality Overseers blocks false information from spreading.
When undergraduate Sergei Kraev, who dreams of becoming a professor, is accepted into a prestigious graduate program in computer science, he is thrilled, and throws himself into his assigned research project-one important enough that if he succeeds, he'll earn the academic appointment of his choice.
But Sergei, plagued by insecurity, falls under the influence of Sunny Kim, the beautiful and charismatic leader of a K-pop cult. Sergei then makes a decision that leads him into a terrifying trap and places the lives of billions at risk.
With the clock ticking towards catastrophe, can Sergei escape and save the world?
Weaving together compelling characters and exotic locales, The Insecure Mind of Sergei Kraev is a classic tale of love, ambition, and self-interest building to a shattering finish.
"Where do we go from the global disinformation and pandemic of 2020? A history told from multiple voices, an evocative projection of the world we may invent to protect us-and the ways in which humans being human can game any system-this is a fantastic read that I couldn't put down."
-Cindy Alvarez (author, technologist)
"I've read thousands of sci-fi stories, and the thing that stands out for me here is the originality-it doesn't quickly fall into some typical genre or pay tribute to some other great novel. This made it especially enjoyable...it deserves to be read and enjoyed widely!"
-Bryan Gaensler, PhD (author, astronomer, professor, Australian Laureate Fellow)
"An absolutely riveting read-a can't-put-down look at a world very much like our own, but with all our trends fast-forwarded."
-Drew Hansen (author)
"Sci-fi isn't the genre that I usually gravitate towards but I'm honestly glad I stepped a bit out of my comfort zone. It kept me hooked and I gobbled it down. The tension was real and palpable. The characters spoke with honest emotion and I cared about them. Sergei is everyman without society's required hard, masculine shell. I loved him."
-Roxanna Sue O'Connor