Chronicles of a Superheroine
by Ray Kurzweil
Pub Date 23 Apr 2019
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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 name 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 young girl who uses her intelligence and accelerating technology to solve humanity'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 important figures from recent history and 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 Pick and Best of 2016).
Accompanying the novel are two nonfiction companion works by the author, which is a literary first. Included in this volume is How You Can Be A Danielle, bound in the same volume as the novel, 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 separate volume, 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. A Chronicle of Ideas is sold separately. See DanielleWorld.com for more information.
A Chronicle of Ideas and How You Can Be a Danielle are available to read for free on DanielleWorld.com.
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"Danielle is a modern-day hero for everyone to look up to. A 'Wonder Woman' who doesn't need super-strength but rather, her own super brain. Ray's inspiring book makes you think about the small things you can do to better the world and that there are many ways one person can spark change. In a way, we are all Danielle, we have incredible minds and if we decided to use them together, we could really change the world like she does."
–Isabelle Fuhrman, Actress (The Hunger Games, Orphan, Masters of Sex)
"Ray Kurzweil has been my mentor and an inspiration to all those who desire to impact the world at global scale. In Danielle, you will find his teachings and the principles of exponential thinking that are already changing the world for the better. This work is a brilliant combination of fiction and nonfiction, something that has never been done before. A must-read for young people from 10 to 110!"
–Peter H. Diamandis, Cofounder (with Ray) of Singularity University, Cofounder & Chairman of XPRIZE, New York Times bestselling author of Abundance and Bold
"What do we need for the health and survival of our planet? For every young person to know that they also possess the courage, determination, creativity and intelligence of Danielle. Ray Kurzweil delivers a perspicacious thought experiment combining a poignant work of fiction with a deeply researched nonfiction guide for achieving profound positive change.
–Dean Ornish, M.D., Founder & President of The Preventive Medicine Research Institute; Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF, Best-selling author of The Spectrum and Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease. First to prove that heart disease and other chronic diseases are reversible by making lifestyle changes.
"Ray Kurzweil has been making the world better for countless numbers of people through the power of his ideas and inventions for decades, including giving me and millions of other blind people the ability to read. Now he shares with us a brilliant star, Danielle, who shines a light forward to a future with more peace, more love, and more understanding. Ray inspires each of us to be a Danielle and reach these goals through our gifts, our intelligence and our passion."
–Stevie Wonder, Singer and Songwriter
"A call-to-arms for the next generation of superheroines and superheroes. Ray Kurzweil's celebration of unbridled determination and experiential learning has brought us the adventures of the wondrous Danielle. Through his expansive imagination and singular storytelling ability, he's created an inspiring alternate history where a confident and courageous girl changes the world for the better. Through Danielle, Kurzweil helps us to see the qualities in ourselves that make each of us rare, valuable and capable. He also provides a compendium of tools and resources for effecting actual impact, making this work both a practical manual as well as a fantastical journey. I'll give this book to anyone I know who daydreams of being a real-life superhero!"
–Aimee Mullins, American athletic pioneer, first amputee in history to compete in Division I NCAA Track and Field; actress, fashion icon, National Women's Hall of Fame inductee
"Danielle is an inspiring page-turner that engages the heart and mind of young adults as well as free-thinking adults of all ages. It is as intellectually uplifting as Ray Kurzweil's other great books, but his trenchant lessons on techno-immortality and techno-abundance are now distilled into a storyline that has the makings of a classic fable. Amy Kurzweil's artwork are like meditation focal points that recapitulate the plot with iconic images. Danielle is a literary work exemplar of Einstein's adage that things should be made as simple as possible but no simpler. The Kurzweils have made the techno-progressive thesis accessible to all."
–Martine Rothblatt, founder Sirius Radio & United Therapeutics, transgender advocate, one of Forbes' ''100 Greatest Living Business Minds'' and ''100 Wealthiest Self-Made Women'', author of Virtually Human
"It is not every day that the Edison of our day writes a novel on how you and I can solve the myriad problems that we face in society today. Now with Danielle, he shares his optimistic vision of the future in an accessible, understandable, and actionable way for audiences of all ages. Kurzweil encourages us to find the Danielle in each of us to create a better world together."
–Tony Robbins, New York Times #1 Best-selling author, one of the ''Top 50 Business Intellectuals'' by Accenture, one of the ''Top 200 Business Gurus'' by the Harvard Business Review, included on the Forbes ''Celebrity 100''
"So much of what Ray has said was coming AI becoming smarter than people in one area after another, nanobots, health breakthroughs is becoming a reality, no small portion of which are derived from his own inspired inventions. Ray has now written a brilliant novel that shows how anyone, even a child, can transform the world with their ideas. I'll tell you what I think Ray is Danielle!"
–Suzanne Somers, New York Times bestselling author, entertainer and entrepreneur
"Packed with ideas on every page, Danielle is a pioneering hybrid of fact and fiction that presses each of us to ask: What actions can I take today to make the world a better place? Stirring in its message and epic in its scope, Danielle hands over the reins of the future to young people everywhere, inspiring readers to tackle the world's biggest challenges using a tool we already possess: our own minds."
–Rebecca Hanover, Emmy Award winning screenwriter, author of the YA novel The Similars, and Ray Kurzweil's daughter-in-law!