ABOUT ME



Botond MARKOVICS /Brandon HACKETT

Hungarian science fiction writer, winner of the Hungarian science fiction award (Zsoldos Péter-award) twice. Author of several bookcritics, essays and articles.

Main themes, interest: posthumanism, to explore what it means to be human, how technology (or xeno-civilisations) affects that definition.
Notable novel publications:
  • Time Travel yesterday, novel, Agave Publishing House, May, 2015
  • Time Travel Day, novel, Agave Publishing House, Spring 2014
  • Book of the Man, novel, Agave Publishing House, Summer 2012
  • The Last Writer, short story, Galaktika Magazine #266, Summer 2012
  • Machines of God, novel, Metropolis Media, Fall 2008 
  • The Posthuman Decision, novel, Delta Vision Publishing House, Summer 2007

TIME TRAVEL DAY (novel, 2014)
November 2021. When the first time machine is activated, two hundred billion time travellers appear on Earth. They are celebrating Time Travel Day, the very first moment in which it is possible to travel back in time.
This event destroys the world as we know it: money ceases to exist, governments lose their function, and everyone can access all future technologies, including time travel. People can travel to any time in the future they want to see, right to the end of time flow. But this has an enormous price: time is a dangerous toy to play with.
Ádám Beregi lives for his family, but on Time Travel Day, somebody from the future kidnaps his son and his wife, Enikő. Ádám tries to find them in the chaotic and ever-changing time flow, in a realm of mad technologies and artificial micro-universes.
The inventor of the time machine, Neil Jarrison, is a strange loner. Even though he is executed in 2612, many people want to find him, because he possesses knowledge that can save the world. Or destroy it completely. But the inventor is always one step ahead of his pursuers, and it seems he is only interested in one thing: an enigmatic woman, Rebeca, who might be the key to all mysteries.

TIME TRAVEL YESTERDAY (novel, 2015)
Most people know that it is impossible to travel back in time before the moment the first time machine started to operate. But there is another time technology that reached Earth considerably earlier, thanks to a more advanced, alien civilisation that managed to escape the collapse of their own time flow, but paid a great price for it.
About fifteen years after the events of Time Travel Day, Rebeca Satoshi uses this alien technology to go back to the past and find his father, a physicist lost in time. She involuntarily launches a chain of events that could lead to the annihilation of the present, the past and the future of human civilisation.
Aided by his younger self, Bálint Beregi, the inventor of the time machine, labours to understand the nature of time travel and to stop the collapse of the time flow. They struggle against impossible odds even though they enlist the help of a team of scientists plucked from the 20th century, including Albert Einstein and John von Neumann. Time is running out, and both the alien civilisation of the Maxwell demons and the posthuman organisation created in the micro-universe of the Haugen dimension try to thwart them.

BOOK OF THE MAN (novel, 2012)
Three thousand people were taken simultaneously from different parts of our Earth. Attila, a teenager from Budapest, Yuri Vitkov, a Russian businessman, and his eleven-year-old daughter, Aurora are among them.
Three thousand people travel inside a living spaceship, drifting further and further away from Earth. The ship is crowded and depressing, and its prisoners have no idea why they were taken, where they are heading or what their kidnappers plan to do with them. The journey forges them into an immoral and lawless community.
Soon enough they reach a strange world incomprehensible to them. Its inhabitants communicate with scents: evolution chose a different path there, and their arrival upset the lives of hundreds of species and cultures. Attila, Yuri and the others only want to stay alive, but sooner or later they have to face a much more important question. Can they retain their humanity?

MACHINES OF GOD (novel, 2008)
It happened from one moment to the next: in 2028, the Sun disappeared from the sky. It was replaced by a red dwarf shining its crimson rays on the light side of the Earth, while strange constellations blaze above the dark and frozen side of our planet. Nobody knows the reason for the phenomenon known as the Jump and human civilisation is shaken by the shock. The countries on the light side are flooded by millions of refugees, global economy collapses, and humanity fights for survival.
But a new world is born out of the destruction. Twenty years later, technical development accelerates at a pace never seen before, life is fresh and modern, and the new generations only know old Earth from legends. Szofia Kerti, a genetically modified girl from Budapest, and her friends look to the future, where a new turning point awaits humanity: technological singularity. Beyond this event, the curve of technological evolution becomes vertical, and no prognostics can see beyond it. This is when humanity may become its own gods.
But are the Jump of 2028 and the dizzying pace of technological advancement really independent of one another?

THE POSTHUMAN DECISION (novel, 2007)
Coming soon.

3 megjegyzés:

  1. Hi, by any chance has any of your books been translated to english or french ? I heard a little about "Book of the man" and I'd love to read your work but I can't find it in any big online bookshop I know and I don't speak hungarian...

    VálaszTörlés
  2. Hi! We are working on it together with my hungarian publisher and literary agent, but now the main focus is on my SF novel, Time Travel Day.
    Please check this page once in a while for fresh info.:)

    VálaszTörlés
  3. Hi, thanks for your answer ! That's so great, good luck on this ! I'll keep an eye open for any news =)

    VálaszTörlés