State of Mind

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  • 978-0-9666149-2-3 Hardcover
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State of Mind: Book One of the God Head Trilogy, is a science fiction crime noir in the vein of Blade Runner, The Matrix, and Ex Machina. Think about the grim side of Ray Kurzweil’s Singularity Theory and you’ll start to get the picture.

What is the God Head Trilogy?

In the not-too-distant future, technology becomes our worst enemy. With chip implants in the brain, nano-viruses that can infect, then assemble to control a mind, and a war with a hostile artificial intelligence, Jake Travissi is humanity’s last hope to regain free will.

Your Thoughts Are Not Your Own…

The story opens as the Personal Chip is tested on military and civil volunteers. The Chip is a smartphone, bio-regulator, educator, and knowledge expander implanted directly into a subject’s brain. With a population that can ingest anything they want with no consequences, enjoy virtual telepathic communication, and access an endless database, what’s not to like? The pressure is on for an FDA approval. A potential consequence of implanting The Chip is a window for hackers to take a subject off line, use their bodies to commit crimes, then cover up the act with false memories.

Los Angeles is the setting for State of Mind. Jake Travissi, a workaholic homicide cop, banned from law enforcement, spirals into depression… until he is given a second chance. The price? Volunteer for chip implantation and join Homeland Security’s experimental Enhanced Unit.

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Kirkus Reviews

A thoughtfully composed piece of cyberpunk that will please readers of both science fiction and noir.

Alice Bola - “Girls Just Reading”

There are some crazy twists and turns in this novel and the ending? One word… WOW. It totally blew me away. There are plenty of shocking, hanging on the edge of my seat moments.
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Claire Rudy Foster - ForWord Reviews

Davison’s Los Angeles is a pulpy-vibrant unforgettable wasteland. State of Mind is the world of the near future, the horrible synthesis of human desire and the technology to make it a reality.
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Wenj - Black Lagoon Reviews

Brutally realistic, chillingly plausible, this novel is manages to be both thought evoking and highly entertaining. A must read!
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Sally Bennett - author of “Homegrown Muse”

This is a fast read, well edited and scarily realistic at times. Sally Bennett, author of “Homegrown Muse”.
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Glenda Bixler, Anchor - Allvoices & Book Reader’s Heaven

Davison has given us a thrilling expose of what could happen, especially when that technology is controlled by the big brother of today, Homeland Security. As a friend of mine says, Great Stuff! Scifi lovers--it's out in March! Order now!
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Jennifer Shaw - Book Noise

Sven has told a brilliantly descriptive tale that I will not soon forget. I find myself looking forward to what he has up his sleeve in regards to future works.

Marty Dodge - Seattle PI

It’s a clever and pacey affair that never gets bogged down in nuance… It neatly covers the line between edgy enough for the cyberpunk fan and readable enough for the mere fiction fan.
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Bill Hunt - Editor The Digital

A great read! A classic near-future techno-thriller, with layers of intrigue, interesting twists and just a dash of pulp mixed in for good measure. Sven Davison's State of Mind is an engrossing journey through a well-considered and completely plausible world.

Leonid Korogodski - author of Pink Noise

State of Mind is an action-filled, engrossing journey across the tortuous emotional landscape of mind control, where nothing is quite what it seems—for everyone involved. A must-read for Pin Heads and God Heads alike—and for the casual observers.

Antony Jones -

An intelligent, thought provoking, cinematic post-cyberpunk thriller and a great read.
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Angela Kay - Editor at Soap Box in My Mind

I enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and interesting, and well written. The plot was well thought out and the technology was shown in a plausible way.
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Charles de Lauzirika - director of Crave and Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner

State of Mind is an action-packed cyber-thriller that transports us to a futuristic dystopia where the most dangerous battlefield is the human mind.  Fans of Philip K. Dick and William Gibson will find much to enjoy -- and fear -- in the dark and mysterious world Sven Davison has so effectively created.

Steve Moore - physicist and author of The Midas Bomb

With State of Mind, Mr. Davison has written a bloody and mind-blowing tour de force, both literally and figuratively. It is both entertaining and thought-provoking but definitely not for the faint of heart.

Max Nightjar - Write Stuff- Write Now

The bumps in the road are what young and old, male and female will enjoy the most about this exciting book. It puts you in that kind of State Of Mind.
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Christa Seely - More than just Magic

Though a long time science fiction fan, this is really one of my first experiences in the cyberpunk genre and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There are quite of few turns and surprises.
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Deb Shunamon - Reader Views

This book deserves to go directly to the “Top Ten Best Sellers List.” There is not a single thing wrong with this novel, in my opinion.

Grace Snoke - Romancing the Page

It (State Of Mind) is told with a flair that makes you feel for the protagonist, makes you hate the antagonist with a passion and makes you think twice about letting the government be in complete control of your life.

C.A. Webb Conversations Live Radio

This one is a winner and already a contender in my mind as one of the best books of 2011. You just can’t go wrong with State Of Mind.

Nicholas Yanes -

This novel brilliantly reinvents the classic murder mystery/thriller.
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Attention Deficit Delirium Podcast

I wanted to show what type of personality has the indomitable human spirit that, no matter how much you try to crush it, that true spirit comes out.
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Jeanz Book Read N Review

Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
When I was three I wanted to command the USS Enterprise and date Vulcans. As I got a little older I switched to astronaut and then Navy pilot..
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Question: State Of Mind, a P chip at the base of the skull. Tell me Sven, what creative seeds were sown to come up with this story, and over what period of time? Also, what kind of research?
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Now that we are on the subject of future technology, what was the inspiration behind State of Mind? In particular, what caused you to imagine the P-Chips?
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Sven Michael Davison is the author of the exceptional post-cyberpunk thriller State of Mind, I was lucky enough to be granted an interview as part of his Blog tour celebrating the release of the novel.. Read more.. on ebook piracy

Yesterday I interviewed Sven Michael Davison about his new Dystopian vision "State of Mind" and during the interview I realised that he was in an almost unique position of being involved in ..
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C.A. Webb Conversations Live Radio

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SF Signal

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SOM mentions

We love Sven's title, in part because. It is a great use of a book title strategy we use and recommend often. Sven does a great job with it..
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SOM mentions

In other news, I wanted to recommend a new book to you. Our friend Sven Davison (who used to work in DVD production at 20th Century Fox) has written a science-fiction novel called State of Mind..
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I was raised on Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov,  E.E. “Doc” Smith, JRR Tolkien, and Edgar Rice Burroughs. Later I dove into Robert Heinlein, Orson Scott Card, and Greg Bear. I was also an avid fan of movies and television starting with Forbidden Planet, The Day the Earth Stood Still, 2001, Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Wars. Later I was influenced by movies like Blade Runner, Alien, Solaris, Gattaca, and The Matrix. Above all else, I have always wanted to write science fiction. As a reader of Popular Science and The Economist, I wanted to encounter science fiction stories that addressed what might happen tomorrow, not in the far distant future. I began to look at technology and think about where we might be within the end of my lifetime. All of this culminated in a screenplay I wrote titled God Head back in 2002.

As I continued to write new drafts, the universe expanded into something I could no longer contain in one script. I had enough notes for an entire trilogy. The script, now titled State of Mind, won me an agent and the story was shopped around Hollywood during 2004, but nothing happened– an event that many of my successful writing and producer friends have experienced. So I made a bold move, I convinced my wife to let me resign from my lucrative day job so I could craft my trilogy. The deal was to finish as much as I could before she got pregnant and we had a child. I treated my opportunity as a full-time work. I wrote six to eight hours a day, and read a book every two weeks. By the time I had to return to corporate life, I had managed to complete a manuscript for State of Mind and Dreams, Faith & Ammunition, as well as hash out early drafts for State of Union and State of Being.

Musical Influence

Like most, I’m inspired as much by music as I am other works of art. Often times when I need to take a break to think about a character, plot point, or event in my story, I listen to music that matches the tone of the story I’m trying to tell. Here are the songs which influenced State of Mind:

  • 2 Pak Shakur – California Love
  • Alice in Chains – Man In the Box, Rooster, Check My Brain
  • The Average White Band – Got the Love
  • “Animatrix” Soundtrack
  • Audio Slave – Cochise, Show Me How to Live, Your Time Has Come, Out Of Exile, The Worm, Yesterday To Tomorrow
  • Black Sabbath – N.I.B., The Wizard, The Warning, Sweet Leaf, Lord Of This World, Paranoid, Iron Man, War Pigs, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Hole in the Sky, Snow Blind
  • Bitter:Sweet – The Mating Game, Heaven
  • Bono & Gavin Friday – In the Name of the Father
  • The Bravery – An Honest Mistake, Unconditional
  • BT – Madskilllz, Circles, Movement in Still Life, Smartbomb
  • Carpenter, John – Romero and the President, “Escape from New York” original sound track
  • Cee-Lo – Closet Freak
  • Coldplay – Lost!
  • The Crystal Method – Badass, The Name of the Game, Trip Like I Do, Busy Child, Keep Hope Alive
  • Cypress Hill – (Rock) Superstar
  • Daddy Yankee – Gasolina, Lo Que Paso, Santifica Tus Escapularios
  • Depeche Mode – Dream On, I Feel You, Barrel Of A Gun, In Your Room, It’s No Good
  • Dr. Dre - Xxplosive
  • Fat Boy Slim – Right Here Now
  • Foo Fighters – Hey, Johnny Park!
  • Gabriel, Peter – Moodoo’s Secret “Long Walk Home” soundtrack, Ngankarrparni “Long Walk Home” Soundtrack
  • Galactic Caravan – Om Om
  • Gustavo Santaolalla – Iguazu
  • “The Island” Soundtrack
  • J-Walk – Soul Vibration
  • Johnny Cash – Get Rhythm (Philip Steir Remix)
  • Joy Division – She’s Lost Control, Transmission, Twenty Four Hours
  • Judas Priest – You’ve Got Another Thing Commin’
  • King Crimson – The ConstruKction of Light (part 2)
  • LL Cool J – Momma Said Knock You Out
  • Linkin Park – Faint
  • Lo Fidelity Allstars – Battle Flag
  • Cliff Martinez – “Solaris” Soundtrack
  • Massive Attack – Angel, Teardrop, Man Next Door
  • “The Matrix” Soundtrack
  • Moby – Porcelain, Bodyrock, Where You End
  • Nasty Nardo – Let’s Get A Room
  • New Order – Brutal
  • Nine Inch Nails – Closer, Ruiner, Head Like A Hole, Kinda I Want To, The Hand That Feeds
  • The Notorioius B.I.G. - Hypnotize
  • Out Kast – The Way You Move
  • Paul Oakenfold – Mortal, The Way I Feel, Ready Steady Go
  • Pink Floyd – Fearless (Interpolating ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’)
  • Portishead – Sour Times
  • Public Enemy – Brothas Gonna Work It Out, Night of the Living Baseheads
  • Siouxsie & The Banshees – Overground, Cities In Dust, Kiss Them For Me
  • The Sisters of Mercy – Flood I, Lucretia My Reflection, This Corrosion, Flood II, Never Land
  • Skinny Puppy - Antagonism
  • The Stone Temple Pilots – Dead And Bloated, Sex Type Thing, Plush, Vaseline
  • Tapping the Vein – The Ledge (club remix)
  • Ted Nugent – Stranglehold
  • The The – Sweet Bird Of Truth, Out of the Blue
  • Tool – Schism, Parabola, Sober, Gone
  • U2 – Crumbs From Your Table, Magnificent, Stand Up Comedy, Daddy’s Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car
  • White Zombie – More Human Than Human, Blood Milk And Sky

Press Releases

1. Sven Michael Davison’s New Cyberpunk Thriller   “State of Mind”   a Gritty Realistic Depiction of the Near Future

2. Author Sven Michael Davison’s Post-Cyberpunk Thriller,   “State of Mind,”   a Chilling Depiction of the Near Future

3.   Is Ray Kurzweil’s Singularity Event the Future People Want?

4. Tam, Bragg, and Davison all Winners at Dan Poynter’s   Global eBook Awards

5. Tattered Cover Book Store Prominently Features Denver Author   Sven Michael Davison’s New Science Fiction Thriller State of Mind

6.   “State of Mind”   Addresses the 99% and the Eclipse of the American Dream

7. Cyberpunk Thriller,   “State of Mind”   is Closer to Reality than You Think

8.   “State of Mind”   Invades Los Angeles for the Holidays

9.   “State of Mind”   Los Angeles Invasion Increases Sales of Thriller Novel by 300%

10. Sven Michael Davison Addresses Fitness   “State of Mind”

11. Sven Michael Davison is in a Traffic   “State of Mind”

12. Identity Theft is a   “State of Mind”

13.   “State of Mind”   Author Makes Appearance at LA Times Festival of Books

14. Mind Over Matter or Just a   “State of Mind”

15. Morality and Technology are Explored in   Davison’s “God Head” Trilogy

16. Autonomous Cars By 2022? All Depends On Your   “State of Mind”

17. Cyborg America is Prelude to a General   “State of Mind”


Faux Infomercial

Inspired by the pomegranate phone website , I wanted to create a site for the Personal Chip that would make a visitor feel that this was a real product, but at the same time, be so outlandish that it would be funny. There have been mixed reviews on the result.

I abandoned the site back in 2014, but here is some information from it.

Book Trailer

I originally wanted to come out with State of Mind as a graphic novel. I priced it out using artists in China, but it was cost prohibitive. This book trailer was created on a shoe string budget with the help of my good friend Pete. In the end I felt it did not give an accurate feeling for the tone and scope of the book (through no fault of anyone but myself), but it’s better than no book trailer at all.


LA Times Festival Of Books: Here are some photos from when I attended this event held as USC for the 2012, 2013, and 2014 seasons.

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Book Soup: Here are some photos from my July 25, 2011 book signing.

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Wild Postings: During Christmas 2011 and New Years 2012, There were a few hundred posters around Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley promoting my book. Here are some photos from that time…

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