A Smarter Sort of Techno-Thriller

William Gibson famously said that “The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.” If this is true, it makes the techno-thriller a genre of nearsighted science fiction, about future tech you can’t imagine but that already exists, or at least that the DoD is already paying for and that will be ready any decade now.

This, ironically, means that techno-thriller writers belong to the broad subcategory of media people who got totally disintermediated by the Internet. When Tom Clancy wrote his first novel, he was an insurance broker who nerded out about…