Marc Elsberg is a former creative director in advertising. His debut thriller BLACKOUT is a frighteningly plausible drama of a week-long international blackout caused by a hacker attack on power grids. BLACKOUT became an international bestseller and one of the most successful books of its kind in Germany and has been translated worldwide. The follow-up ZERO is becoming equally successful. BLACKOUT and ZERO became both ›Scientific Book of the Year‹. Marc Elsberg, born 1967, lives and works in Vienna, Austria.