Epredator / Ian Hughes is a metaverse evangelist, Doctor of Technology and Senior Analyst, IoT at 451 Research. He has worked in unusual and emerging technologies in both a corporate setting and out in startup land. He specialises in using game technology, such as virtual worlds to help people communicate and understand concepts.
Being a techie, and working across many mediums he has used social media since before it was as social as it is now. Blogging and sharing ideas is a core part of who he is.
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"Epredator relates this tale in the irreverent, enthusiastic language of Roisin’s techie subculture—full of coding jargon, pop-culture references, and internet slang—and he manages to explain just enough to make even Luddite readers feel at home."

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Independent Author Network Book of the year Finalist, 2016: Reconfigure

Readers' Favourite - 5 Stars, 2016: Reconfigure

Read Reconfigure, a New Cyberpunk Novel by Metaverse Pioneer Ian "Epredator" Hughes, 2016

Hometown Basingstoke

Favorite author William Gibson

Favorite book Neuromancer

Day job Internet of Things, AR and VR Analyst

Favorite line from a book Imagine a cassette, that made its images plain to you, no on off switch or power... we already have such a thing in the printed book

Favorite word Fascinating

Unexpected skill or talent Martial Arts Teacher, Doctor of Technology

Passion in life Family, Tech, Choi Kwang Do, Video Games


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ISBN: 978-1-5187-7284-9
Page count: 312pp

Epredator (Cont3xt, 2016) tells the story of a young coder who’s suddenly able to manipulate reality in this sci-fi novel.

Roisin Kincade is a programmer who loves to use her code to manipulate the digital world. She doesn’t consider herself a hacker, although she relishes the depictions of hackers in movies and views her work with a significant amount of romanticism. When she accidentally types a Linux command into Twitter instead of into her command-line interface, she expects her tech-savvy Twitter followers to make jokes at her expense. Instead, she receives a message from a mysterious account that seems to be inviting her to hack into a simple text game: “She was hacking, by invitation, but on a public channel. Another memory flowed past of a green screen and the phrase ‘Shall we play a game?’ ”—a reference to the 1983 movie WarGames. The new game contains a list of objects that are strikingly similar to those in Roisin’s own room. It also contains a list of commands, and when she enters one of them to move a virtual “mug” to a new position, she finds that the actual mug in her room has also physically moved. She then dives into the program to see how much she can manipulate reality—a hacker’s dream. What she doesn’t immediately realize is that there may be other entities watching her actions or that she may have unintentionally wandered into a trap. Epredator relates this tale in the irreverent, enthusiastic language of Roisin’s techie subculture—full of coding jargon, pop-culture references, and internet slang—and he manages to explain just enough to make even Luddite readers feel at home. Roisin is a charmingly guileless protagonist, and the overall plot replicates the puzzle-style computer games that are referenced in the text. The story contains just the right combination of paranoia, wonder, and fantasy to make for a fun bit of escapism, and the author even manages to land a satisfying final twist as well.

A short but punchy tale of a techie who gets in too deep.


Science Fiction

A twisting, interlinked, serendipitous science fiction adventure. Set in the near future, using real World technology and current science theory, as an accurate base to embark from. The action rolls on. Exotic locations, martial arts, gaming technology and virtual reality all feature prominently. Roisin Kincade once again finds she has to use all her gaming and techie knowledge to save herself, and her friends, from the Combined Corporate Surveillance Operation (CCSO) and the powerful cartels that run the World. She had been busy trying to change the CCSO from the inside. She finds herself rebuilding her interface to the quantum machine Ray K. This time with some serious upgrades, using EyeBlend. It is a high end, augmented reality interface headset. With the right adjustments and code, it may be the perfect tool to take on Commander Drake. I she still inextricably linked to him? That link could become incredibly dangerous, or just give her the advantage she needs. Will she outsmart the keen instincts of the Commander and his organisation? Can her technology hold up under pressure?

ISBN: 1523647752
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