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Release 03/14/2021

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

Dan is an ordinary guy, scrambling to make a living, when a voice from the future asks for his help. He finds himself transported to a technological wonderland where everyone's dreams can come true no matter how many or how bizarre. But having been driven by a pandemic into total physical distancing, the tradeoff is absolute transparency. Every thought is monitored and manipulated. Could this ultimate panopticon destroy the one thing that makes us human?

A novel like no other, brimming with current scientific findings in fields like AI, biotech, quantum computing, and robotics. We are right there with Dan as he struggles to decide which vision of the future he believes in. Will he be able to think the unthinkable, make the impossible possible, turn a hopeless situation into a solvable problem? Can he find the ultimate catch-42?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Felix Holzapfel is a successful entrepreneur and thought leader in digital transformation. He had the privilege to support many global players on their way into the digital age. While he has published several books about technology, trends, and the shift in our media landscape, Catch-42 is Felix's first novel—and a book he has wanted to write for a long time. After selling his digital marketing agency to one of the world's leading IT services providers, he now has time for this type of passion project.

Latest news



Felix Holzapfel
Today, I received an endorsement for my book from one of my favorite TED Speakers, Floyd E. Romesberg. Hopefully, more feedback along those lines will follow soon.


Felix Holzapfel
The Goodreads Giveaway of Catch-42 started today. Enter to win 1 of 100 Kindle editions:


Felix Holzapfel
My PR agency launched my expert page to prepare for the kickoff of the book promotion early next year.


Catch-42 will be published as E-book and paperback. The first edition of the Advance Reading Copy (ARC) is only available as an E-book. I'm looking forward to your request.