Interview with Ben Wiener, Author of Murder at First Principles

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Murder at First Principles?

This zany story about a Silicon Valley serial killer using proven business strategies to target victims was swirling around in my head, and I desperately wanted to read the book to find out what happened. So I wrote it.  

If you woke up in the world of Murder at First Principles, what is the first thing you would do?

Run far away from San Rafael.  

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

As a professional investor, I derive great benefit from non-fiction, but my true love is great fiction. As a result, I only write fiction, though my stories always convey some lesson or content that is woven into the plot.

If you had to write a blurb for the last book you read, what would it say?

“Arguably the most important conversation of our time.” A deeply thought-provoking survey of the practical, ethical, societal, and scientific options and risks of super-intelligence. Literally the future of life and our universe. Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark.

Where did you write Murder at First Principles?

At a standing desk in my home office, fueled by a steady stream of Nespresso Scuro Americanos.

Pretend you qualified for the Olympics this year. What sport would you compete in?

Freestyle Dishwashing.  

Ben Wiener is the author of the new book Murder at First Principles

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