The Starwalker is a starship with an experimental star-stepping drive. Designed to use the gravity wells of stars to fold space, she can travel between star systems faster than FTL. That is, if they can get it to work. She is run by a sophisticated AI who doesn’t always follow her programming. She has only just been born, and . . .
Containment Facility One is ancient, beautiful, and broken. Built eons ago in a parallel universe, the massive space station keeps the Destroyer—a genocidal and nearly omnipotent alien being—imprisoned. The Destroyer has already devoured all life in countless dimensions, and if he escapes, our universe is next. Unfortunately, the Containment Facility One crew is trapped too. That’s why they . . .
When Johnathan Dart, digital artist and world-builder, falls in love with a digital sapience living inside Irokai, the virtual world created by the Tadashiissei Corporation, his friends are skeptical of his intention to upload himself into their system. Adam doubts that the soul can survive a destructive copy, and Julia doubts that Tadashiissei’s corporate policies are anything close to user-friendly. . . .
In 2110, a child’s artificially intelligent toy (in the form of a cat) becomes self-aware and decides it should take over the remnants of the shattered and dystopian world. Needless to say, it is a bit nonplussed to discover it doesn’t even have claws. With a backdrop of a world on edge, climate gone wild, oceans devoid of life, . . .
A work of “singularity” fiction, in which reality itself is controlled and shaped by an intelligent agent for the benefit of humans who now live forever, can no longer harm one another (without consent), and in which no desire is left unfulfilled. In a world where everything is safe, where any whim can be instantly satisfied, what is there . . .
Out of loneliness, or boredom, maybe, you assign a URL to your heart and share it on the forums and social networks you frequent. The hits trickle in at first, the unusually curious trampling through, poking and prodding, unsure of what they’re seeing. But then the links spread. Everybody wants to see your heart, to have a role in pulling . . .
Set in the modern era, Terra Fabula follows Jadyn Tzeki, a timeless alien researcher and jack-of-all-trades, and Tarioshi Kitanaka, a century-and-a-half-old mortal kitsune. After a suspicious attack fails to claim their lives, the two, along with Jadyn’s lunatic AI, discover that many strange things have been afoot while he’s been away. . . .
Feb 20, 2009: “Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect” is a fascinating, complex science fiction novel about the ultimate super computer and what happens after it decides that only it can protect humankind. The novel comes with a warning that it contains “strong language and extreme depictions of acts of sex and violence”. This is not an exaggeration. If you are at all squeamish about violent, sado-masochistic sex you will not enjoy this novel. If you can get past what’s in the first chapter, you’ll probably survive the rest and find a brilliantly written exploration [more . . .]
Feb 28, 2009: I made it past chapter one and am glad I did—this work is sobering, well-written and insightful. It’s a tribute to how good the author is, that I can be drawn to feel tolerance for these often brutal characters that, like Caroline’s old ways, I would want utterly destroyed if I’d ever met them.
The world is carefully thought out and the two parallel storylines complement each other and are necessary rather than a gimmick.