Under President Xi Jinping, China has been aggressively building its global political influence. In China’s Western Horizon (Oxford University Press), Daniel S. Markey *00, an international-relations scholar and former member of the State Department’s policy planning staff, explores how China’s efforts might meet with resistance in South Asia, Central Asia, and the Middle East.

In this science-fiction novel, Peter W. Singer ’97 and August Cole take research into how AI might push society’s limits and fictionalize a future where robots significantly impact society. Burn-In: A Novel of the Real Robotic Revolution (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is the tale of an FBI agent teaming up with a police robot to destroy a terrorist tech-based conspiracy threatening the nation.

How does branding affect the way consumers make decisions? Blindsight (BenBella Books), co-written by neuroscientist Matt Johnson *13, explores this question, focusing on the psychological factors affecting our spending habits. In doing so, the book attempts to equip consumers to take control over their purchasing decisions.