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Mezrich, Ben

Entry updated 26 October 2021. Tagged: Author.

(1969-    ) US broadcaster and author who remains best known for nonfiction books like Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions (2002), a narrative whose dramatic licence inspired accusations that it was fiction, and The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal (2009); he also writes as by Holden Scott. Of sf interest are several medical thrillers that hover at the edge of the fantastic, and can usually be understood as very Near Future sf. In Threshold (1996), a Scientist at a mysterious research establishment breaks the human genetic code for military purposes; in Reaper (1998), a deadly virus, developed by a Mad Scientist, is being transmitted via the internet (see Basilisks), creating a Pandemic that threatens the fall of civilization; Skeptic (1999) as by Holden Scott features a weaponized "ghost" assassin; and in The Carrier (2000) as by Holden Scott a scientist modifies a flesh-eating microbe into a useful drug, which itself mutates into a deadly Weapon. [JC]

Ben Mezrich

born Princeton, New Jersey: 7 February 1969

works (selected)

  • Threshold (New York: HarperCollins, 1996) [hb/]
  • Reaper (New York: HarperCollins, 1998) [hb/]
  • Skeptic (New York: St Martin's Press, 1999) as by Holden Scott [hb/]
  • The Carrier (New York: St Martin's Press, 2000) as by Holden Scott [hb/]


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