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A gripping thriller about the most important technologies and challenges of our time

"Fire, printing, industrialization, the atomic age, the Internet—all these are nothing compared to the hurricane of change unleashed by climate catastrophe, systemic crisis, and the merging of human and artificial intelligence."

With these words, Dan sets out on the hunt for the key to save humanity. He finds himself catapulted from his bleak everyday life into the future of WeYou where humanity, the We, is fighting for survival. Meanwhile, in the virtual Real World, a place of unlimited possibilities, life revolves around individual happiness, the You. Dan discovers the disasters and imponderables that lie ahead—but also the possibilities AI, genetic engineering, quantum computers or robots offer for the future. The knowledge to solve the greatest challenges of our time already exists; we just need to use it properly—but is there enough time for Dan to rewrite the history of our future?

Mike O. (Bookseller)

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!

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 was born in 1978 in Darmstadt, Germany. He is an entrepreneur, bestselling author, and recognized expert in technology and marketing. Thinkers360 recognized Felix Holzapfel as a Top 10 Global Thought Leader in Digital Transformation. While Holzapfel has published several books about technology, trends, and the shift in our media landscape, Catch-42 is his first novel.

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 is to highlight the opportunities for nonfungible tokens (NFT) and blockchain technology in the creative and publishing industries—and beyond.

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