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Knight’s Nod to Semiconductor Industry Veterans
Walter Knight’s latest romp includes cameos by Cadence, former CEO of Chipestimate.com Adam Traidman, and veteran writer Max Maxfield.
Who would have known? Two of our fellow engineering brethren now belong to the ages! They have transcended the everyday world of semiconductor affairs to become characters in Walter Knight’s latest book. Who is this author, you ask?
“Knight is a world-famous science-fiction writer,” proclaims Lieutenant ATM, a futuristic sentient being created with “the newest Cadence microchips.” ATM, the pseudonym for real-life entrepreneur Adam Traidman, is a time-traveling artificial human being in the author’s nineteenth installment of the hit online book series, “America’s Galactic Foreign Legion.”
Soon to be an MTV mini-series (Okay, I made that up), the other semiconductor star is bebop boolean author Max Maxfield, who assumes the role of Bank of America CEO. Here are a few memorable passages from the author’s latest (19th) work:
“My last name will be Traidman. Adam Traidman. It has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? I will move to Silicon Valley and become a computer and software engineer. I will invent and trade computer chips for money. Money is as good as cash. Help me get started and blend in, and we will be rich beyond your wildest dreams.” “Move to San Jose?” scoffed Tonelli. “I heard about that dump. It’s going to fall into the Ocean. No way, to Jose.” “Trust me,” insisted Atm. “Fate reaches out and extends its hand. In 1955, computers are the future. We’ll bulldoze the orchards and make Santa Clara County a silicone paradise. It’s only a matter of time.”
“Adam Traidman cleaned up well. He approached Max Maxfield, CEO of Bank of America, about financing proposals to develop and build a talking automatic teller machine. Traidman provided blueprint designs for revolutionary silicon-based micro-computer chips, a standardized computer operating system, cell phones and towers, satellite technology, fiber optic relays, Starbucks coffee, thirty-one new flavors of ice cream, and cable TV.”
Knight’s books are fast-paced, easy-to-read romps that weave contemporary themes and characters within futurist settings. Pick up a few online for your next business trip, weekend diversion, or book-and-booze club review.