Sid Balman Jr. – Algorithms

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SID BALMAN JR. – ALGORITHMS

This episode of Big Blend Radio features Sid Balman Jr., author of the acclaimed SEVENTH FLAG trilogy. Hear an overview of the first two books, “Seventh Flag” and “Murmuration,” and a discussion about the final installment “Algorithms.” Watch here in the YouTube player or download the podcast on Acast.


This final novel in the acclaimed Seventh Flag Trilogy thrusts readers thirty years into the future―a dystopic reality of regional fiefdoms, marauding scavengers, and the quest for ultimate power: the Algorithms of everything, which have been secretly pilfered from an undersea Internet cable, stored on hard drives, and implanted in the last surviving blue whale.

Ademar Zarkan―the iconic and unlikely heroine of the American West, now a seventy-year-old woman―leads the Free People of West Texas in an alliance with Native Americans and the indigenous people of northern Mexico to retrieve the hard drives and to rescue her clairvoyant granddaughter from the radicalized Sisterhood and its merciless leader, Mother. But they aren’t the only ones in pursuit of the Algorithms.

Haunting and prophetic, Algorithms is a story of violent extremism, resilience, family, and, above all, the interconnectedness of humankind and the natural world.

A Pulitzer-nominated national security correspondent and Writer in Residence at Sul Ross State University, Sid Balman Jr. has covered wars in the Persian Gulf, Somalia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Kosovo, and has traveled extensively with two American presidents and four secretaries of state on overseas diplomatic missions.

After leaving daily journalism, he helped found a news syndicate focused on the interests of women and girls, served as the communications chief for the largest consortium of US international development organizations, led two progressive campaigning companies, and launched a new division at a large international development firm centered on violent radicalism and other security issues on behalf of governments.

In addition to his current position as Writer In Residence at Sul Ross State University, Balman remains a working journalist and magazine contributor. A fourth-generation Texan, as well as a climber, surfer, paddler, and benefactor to Smith College, Balman lives in Alpine, TX, and has two children and a dog.

More at: https://www.sidbalman.com/

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In addition to his current position as Writer In Residence at Sul Ross State University, Balman remains a working journalist and magazine contributor.

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