Books by Mark Alpert

A self-described lifelong "science geek," Mark Alpert majored in astrophysics at Princeton University, writing his undergraduate thesis on an application of Einstein's theory of relativity. After earning an MFA in poetry at Columbia and working as a reporter, he became an editor at Scientific American, where he simplifies bewildering scientific ideas for the magazine's readers. Mark lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.


THE COMING STORM by Mark Alpert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"The latest techno-thriller from the author of The Omega Theory (2011) and Extinction (2013) boasts a strong whiff of Trump (the corrupt president here suffers from frontotemporal dementia), but any timeliness can't make up for the absence of thrills."
In the year 2023, post-apocalyptic New York has become a war zone as genetically altered federal agents advance a cruel and oppressive right-wing agenda. Read full book review >
THE SIEGE by Mark Alpert
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 5, 2016

"Worth reading for its unanswered questions if not for its heart. (Science fiction. 13-16)"
Adam and the other sentient, robot Pioneers return to battle evil Sigma, who targets Adam's hometown and everyone he loves by pitting the Pioneers against one another. Read full book review >
THE ORION PLAN by Mark Alpert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Alpert, one of the best writers after Michael Crichton at transforming futuristic science into believable fiction, devises such a scary scenario here, it's a shame he doesn't develop it further."
In Alpert's latest nanotech thriller, a space probe from a solar system 200 light-years away lands with an explosive bang in a marginal area of Manhattan, infecting several park regulars with malevolent alien technology. Read full book review >
THE SIX by Mark Alpert
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 7, 2015

"A thought-provoking clash between humanity and machinery, not without a few bugs. (author's note) (Science fiction. 12-16)"
"That's what I love about VR programs—how you can use them to build a virtual world that's way better than ordinary reality," says Adam, whose muscular dystrophy gives him a good reason to escape his body. Read full book review >
EXTINCTION by Mark Alpert
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"A scary, sophisticated thriller that will give survivalists plenty to think about."
"Walking dead" takes on new meaning in veteran science writer Alpert's chilling techno thriller about a lobotomized army of ex-humans controlled through AI implants by Supreme Harmony, a China-based network geared to destroying mankind. Read full book review >
THE OMEGA THEORY by Mark Alpert
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 15, 2011

"Students of quantum physics may be diverted; others will find it slow going."
The universe, which may have been programmed like a computer, heads toward a big crash and a reboot in this thriller. Read full book review >
FINAL THEORY by Mark Alpert
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 6, 2008

"Hard-action fans may turn the pages, but others will sense a missed opportunity, especially after the sharp first half."
Disappointing debut thriller sends scientists, the FBI and a hired killer scrambling for Einstein's last, unpublished theory. Read full book review >