Winner of Emergence Award: Velocity Math by Mans Brookston

October 13, 2013 — Campanile Books is excited to announce that Mans Brookston’s novel VELOCITY MATH has been named the winner of the “Emergence SF Award 2013.” VELOCITY MATH appeared in May 2013 from Campanile Books as one of the first books published on this re-vitalized imprint.

Critics received VELOCITY MATH with rapturous acclaim. Excerpts from reviews listed below:

  • Brilliantly written… a joy to read… Velocity Math is a breakthrough story that brings a dark edge back to science-fiction.”  (Michael Derdan)
  • The true heir to Philip K. Dick.” (Vandiss Burke)

An extraordinary debut from a writer worth watching! Mans Brookston’s novel VELOCITY MATH is a profound parody of the American security state, shot through with trenchant observations about contemporary violence, death-wishes, magic and digital mysteries. By the end, seemingly all-powerful software entrepreneurs confront the darker secrets of the human heart in an apocalyptic, post-cyberpunk show-down reminiscent of Thomas Pynchon and William Gibson’s Neuromancer.

In New York City in the fall of 2001, in the lull between the collapse of the dot-com boom and the terrible events of September 11th, something unusual is happening. Wracked by old memories and strange portents, an old man recalls what led to the formation of the NSA. Somewhere, buried in his skull, is the truth of how the World Trade Center was built. What he knows just might be explosive, and as he is chased across a draconian American landscape, his memories of Indochina CIA work, hidden South American alliances and extraordinary encounters in Prague began to overwhelm his consciousness. Aimed directly at the contemporary zeitgeist, VELOCITY MATH is a masterwork of paranoia and conspiracy, reminiscent of the best of Thomas Pynchon and Phillip K. Dick.

Mans Brookston (born September 7, 1967 in South Africa) is an American author of thriller, science-fiction and graphic novels. Brookston was born in Capetown, South Africa, but now considers himself an American writer.

His novel VELOCITY MATH was been nominated for the Emergence Award in Science Fiction by Henry Merganthaler and received the award in October 2013. Brookston’s “post-cyberpunk” fiction has been favorably compared to Thomas Pynchon and to William Gibson.

A South African native, Mans Brookston now lives in an undisclosed location in the state of Oregon.

To schedule Mans Brookston for appearances or readings, contact

Linda Marus, Publicity Manager

Author: Linda Marus

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