Author Page: Rick Moss

Ebocloud by Rick Moss

Released January 30, 2013.

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Rick Moss studied painting, photography and printmaking in his youth and has worked as a designer and producer of video, print, interactive media and web content. He is co-founder and president of the online business community, Ebocloud is his first novel.

Mr. Moss was born on an Air Force base in post-War Japan. He grew up in rural Maryland and suburban Baltimore. He met his wife Catherine at art college in Oakland, California in 1977 and moved to her native Northern New Jersey where they reside to this day. They have two adult daughters, Alison and Genna, both also involved in the creative arts.

About the Novel:
To what length will we go to avoid loneliness? Facebook may once have been the one-word answer to that question, but for the hundreds of millions flocking to engage in, "friending" seems frivolous by comparison. In the "great belonging" of the cloud, few stop to consider what sacrifices are being made as they work together with their "ebo cousins" to build a more loving society, under the leadership of ebocloud's idealistic architect, Radu Cajal. For New York artist Ellison Luber, however, the losses are not abstract ―they are immediate and personal. While nearly oblivious to the ebocloud humanitarian movement, Ellie's insular life in Chelsea is violently upended by an attack that takes the life of his neighbor and sends his girlfriend in flight from the police. And most astoundingly, this and other crimes he experiences are traceable to ebocloud, the same organization dedicated to the new humanitarian enlightenment of the world.

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Interviews, Excerpts, & Press

USA Today - print edition - February 14, 2013: "All You Need Is Love (And Facebook)"
An article online in USA Today
An article in Augmenting Realities

Advance Praise for Ebocloud:

Debut novelist Moss shows promise with sociological speculative fiction that projects our obsession for social networking to one plausible extreme. ... The book is at its best when playing the game of "if this is true, what else is true?" exemplified by a bravura sequence in a stadium on the eve of the rollout of Ebocloud's next phase, a neurally implanted version of the technology. Readers won't be surprised that this implant comes with unforeseen consequences, but this and the arson plot resolve satisfactorily by novel's end.
Publishers Weekly, Jan. 18, 2013 | Permalink

I’m not certain whether Ebocloud is science fiction, social commentary, a literary novel or a wonderful amalgamation of all. Some of my favourite things are in the book: art, jazz, subversive, satirical and philosophical thought on science, science fiction and family. Throw in a little society altering technology, a mysterious arsonist and you have a superbly fascinating novel.
—A. F. Stewart, Fantasy Writer,

If there is such a thing as a fantasy book club, this would be the book I would want to read and discuss with a group of people. ... Like the movie Inception, the book has layers. It is a novel within a novel. The characters are interesting, quirky and real. I am certain whoever reads this book will be challenged to think differently about something relevant to their life while simultaneously being entertained. Dare I say, this is the future of entertaining content. Content that inspires growth and thought. My plea: Divert your eyes from the train wrecks of popular media and READ THIS BOOK.
—Stephanie Michele, SocialBling

After the atom bombs of the 1940s, the science fiction of the 1950s was filled with tales of societies fueled by nuclear power. Now that social networks have made their deep impacts on the globe, the next wave of sci-fi could trumpet civilizations based upon this new media. If so, Rick Moss could be among the first to help define a new branch of the genre.
—Aaron Saenz, Singularity Hub

Ebocloud weaves the threads of modern love, evolving consciousness, and the power and reach of social networks into an adventure that demands your attention and asks you to reevaluate long held notions of what it means to be collectively and individually human. Both detective story and rumination on the impact of emerging technologies on our humanity, Ebocloud captures the excitement of late night youthful discovery, masterfully remembered, and refined by a thoughtful and incisive mind.
—Mark Romanoff, Multimedia Designer

Ebocloud has a brisk, edgy pace that keeps you hooked to the plot as it alternates smoothly between Luber’s story and Flounce’s. Author Moss displays a considerable talent for world building, designing both Flounce and the Ebocloud with impressive detail. Cloud it may be, but nebulous it isn’t –- Moss gives us a technical scenario that is well researched and believable, and Flounce is a tumultuous world I expect lots of his readers will want to visit again.
—Lavanya Karthik,

Ebocloud is a terrific read and a fantastic first novel by Rick Moss. Within the context of a fast-paced murder mystery set in the present and near-future, Ebocloud draws the reader into a thoughtful consideration of timeless philosophical topics. An extremely literate book, it artfully combines viewpoints from authors as diverse as Virgil, Rand, and Vonnegut. ...The book [poses] some fascinating possibilities and questions. ... Each of these questions are considered brilliantly while moving the story to an explosive conclusion.
—William D. Emerson, President, Emerson Advisors

Ebocloud is a provocative novel that imagines a potential trajectory for the mundane and commonplace in our technologically driven twenty-first century. The debate on the loss of privacy for convenience and a greater good unexpectedly takes sinister turns that grip till the end. This powerful first novel introduces the reader to Rick Moss from whom we want to hear more. A must-read.
—Vivodh Z. J. Anand, PhD



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