Includes Danielle: Chronicles of a Superheroine and How You Can Be a Danielle
Ray Kurzweil, legendary inventor and author of New York Times bestsellers The Singularity Is Near and How to Create a Mind, has created inventions and ideas that have changed human civilization. PBS called him “one of the revolutionaries who made America,” and Inc. magazine named him “Edison’s rightful heir.”
Now Kurzweil has created a novel, and an unforgettable character—Danielle—to help convey some of his most important ideas.
Danielle: Chronicles of a Superheroine, tells the story of a precocious girl who uses her intelligence and accelerating technologies to solve the world’s grandest challenges. Now if only we can find more courageous visionaries like Danielle.
Written as an alternative history, Danielle’s journey as a driven young girl brings her face-to-face with many historical figures from our modern world. Told through the eyes of Danielle’s equally remarkable sister Claire, a girl adopted from Haiti after surviving the earthquake, this story shows all readers a hopeful vision of humanity’s future—and how to achieve it.
The novel features 24 graphic novel–style illustrations, one for each year of Danielle’s life, by New Yorker cartoonist and Ray’s daughter, Amy Kurzweil (author of Flying Couch: A Graphic Memoir, a New York Times Editor’s Choice and a Kirkus Best Memoir of 2016).
Accompanying the novel are two nonfiction companion books by the author, which is a literary first. How You Can Be a Danielle is a call to action, providing pragmatic, thought-provoking and clear guidance on how readers can be inspired to emulate Danielle and help bring about a better world. A Chronicle of Ideas: A Guide for Superheroines (and Superheroes) provides Kurzweil’s—and Danielle’s—unique spin on 282 concepts presented in the novel.