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Author & Dissident

J.M. Porup

How does technology change what it means to be human? J.M. Porup is a journalist and futurologist who studies how exponentially-increasing innovation disrupts the social and political order. He is also the CEO of the LatAm Startups Angel Funds, a Latin America-based accelerator focused on scaling startups globally. He has covered computer security for The Economist, Bitcoin for Bitcoin Magazine, and the Gringo Trail for numerous Lonely Planet guidebooks. His award-winning novels and plays include The Second Bat Guano War, Dreams Must Die, Death on Taurus, and The United States of Air. Porup is a member of the Lifeboat Foundation's Advisory Board, a distributed think tank dedicated to preventing human extinction.

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Every year the risk of an extinction event grows.

Every year we become less human and more machine.
Is this a good thing? And even if we wanted to--could we stop it?


I write satire. I write hard-boiled. I write SF. If you’re new to my work, start with The United States of Air.


I’ve worked as a journo on and off since 1995. These days I cover computer security and Bitcoin, sometimes for The Economist. Used to write guidebooks for Lonely Planet.


Took a break from journalism to work as a Perl hacker for five years. Now in recovery. Obsessed with security and privacy issues. Encryption fanatic.

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A Terrorist Converts: How I Learned to Stop Hating America

Translated From the Original Waki!

Terrorist Shazam al-War bin al-Gorithm hates America. More bloodthirsty than Osama bin Laden, he’s notched his Koran so many times that nothing is left but confetti.

When a SEAL team tries to take him out in the mountains of Wakistan, al-War defeats them all—and captures the Navy’s first female commando. Their unlikely romance makes him question his hatred of America.

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The United States of Air: a Satire

The National Sewer Agency is spying on people’s toilets, looking for food terrorists…

Food Enforcement Agent Jason Frolick believes in eating air. He struggles to get the food monkey off his back. As part of the Global War On Fat, his job is to put food terrorists in Fat Camp.

When a pizza dealer gets whacked in the park across the street from the Thin House...


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Food-Free at Last: How I Learned to Eat Air

A Million Dieters Can’t Be Wrong!

Food is a drug. Break the shackles of addiction and learn to eat air! In this detailed guide, Dr. Robert Jones MD PhD DDS ODD gives you the practical, step-by-step advice you need to transition to the air-only diet. Join him on the cutting edge of human evolution.

Go the Power of Air!



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The Second Bat Guano War

From former Lonely Planet author J.M. Porup comes this gritty South American noir…

Rats ate his baby daughter while he partied in a disco. Now Horace “Horse” Mann is a drugged-out expat teaching English to criminals in Lima, Peru. Oh, and doing the odd favor for the CIA.

When his Agency contact, Pitt Waters, goes missing, Horse’s desperate efforts to find…

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Death on Taurus

On Taurus there’s only one good way to die…

On the bullfighting planet of Taurus, in the far distant future, a genetically-engineered race of half-man, half-bull stages ritual blood sacrifices to the gods—human viewers light-years away. Vizzer, the high priest who presides over the daily slaughter, loathes the fights and wants to end them.

When news arrives that the humans have destroyed themselves in an interstellar civil war…

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Dreams Must Die

The time for dreaming is over.

Jimmy Shade kills dreams. It’s his job. As a member of the elite Dream Police, he defends the Collective against that poisonous nocturnal ooze.

But when Shade gets infected with a dream, he finds himself on the run from his former colleagues. He must choose between his love for the Collective—and the dream he cannot live without.

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