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Release 05/13/2021

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

Tech thriller Catch-42 offers a mind-blowing tour of 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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Mike O. (Bookseller)
Via NetGalley.com

Very well developed characters and an extremely engaging story. Well thought out and very suspenseful story line that keeps the reader guessing until the final twist! This is the book to read this year! Highly recommended!

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Floyd E. Romesberg
Chemist, Synthetic Biologist, TED Speaker

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.

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Greg Verdino
Futurist, Author of "Never Normal"

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.

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Michael Fulton
Academic Director of Digital Executive Education at The Ohio State University

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.

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M. Sean Coleman
Author of "Netwars: The Code"

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.

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Idris Mootee
Entrepreneur, Investor, AI evangelist

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.

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Brett Greene
Founder, New Tech Northwest

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.

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.

The book's cover

Catch-42's unique story starts with the book's cover, which is the result of a collaboration between Australian digital and crypto artist Nate Hill, Catch-42's author, Felix Holzapfel, and Thomas Wolff from lamoto design studio. The target of this collaboration was not only to create a cover that pulls the reader into the story, but to highlight the opportunities for nonfungible tokens (NFT) and blockchain technology in the creative and publishing industries—and beyond.

Latest news

08April

NFT campaign

Felix Holzapfel
Today is the official launch of element #1 of our NFT campaign: The SuperRare auction, including Nate Hill's artwork Catch-42 // Back to the world and a unique Pre-Publication-Date edition of my book. Learn more at https://superrare.co/artwork-v2/catch-42----back-to-the-world-23079
25March

New Cover

Felix Holzapfel
The new cover design is ready, which is the result of a collaboration with the Australian digital and crypto artist Nate Hill. This collaboration showcases the opportunities for nonfungible tokens (NFT) and blockchain technology in the creative and publishing industries—and beyond.
24March

Party time

Felix Holzapfel
It took a lot of blood, toil, tears, and sweat. The editing and proofreading are done, and the final version of the manuscript is ready! Thanks to everyone involved for this hack of a ride. Now it's typesetting-time.

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