Sometimes I wonder about artificial intelligence and why our fiction so often focuses on AI turning against it’s maker. And I think it has a lot to do with our own thoughts on how brutal humanity is.
If something (humanity) capable of creating things like the atomic bomb were to make sentient life, wouldn’t it’s creation also have the capacity to commit such evil?
That’s one of the many thoughts that today’s book by Rachel Rawlings brought to me as I read. Thoughts about what components of humanity would fuel AI and what might give such a creation purpose in life.
After reading and loving The Maurin Kincaid Series Rachel asked me if I’d be interested in reviewing her new Sci-Fi novella and my response was, “Heck yeah!” So here it is:
Written by: Rachel Rawlings
Genre: Sci-Fi, Horror
2 Sentence Synopsis
Reclusive social reject, Joseph creates the perfect synthetic A.I. woman to share his life with. But she has other plans.
This is a really quick (and free on Kindle) read that packs an unexpected punch.
At first it feels a little bit like Weird Science meets Ex Machina with a demonic twist. It’s teen-tech-fantasy mixing with dangerous AI made for a familiar foundation that took a very different route.
Initially this book is driven by Joseph’s loneliness and sexual frustration. But about 30% of the way through it shifts to a surprising facet of survival. I don’t want to spoil how, but I will say that it takes the awkward human motivation and replaces it with something far more sinister.
I’ve read this story twice already, and I was surprised each time by how complete of a story it is without a hefty word count. It’s kind of a “Start reading, zip through, and get left with thoughts spinning through your head” kind of read.
5 out of 5 blood spattered stars. I really enjoyed the twisted Weird Science aspect of this story and how the ending played out.
This is, however, a book for mature readers. Sex and Violence play an important role here, so you’ve been warned. Enjoy 😉
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About the Author
Rachel Rawlings was born and raised in the Baltimore Metropolitan area. Her family, originally from Rhode Island, spent summers in New England sparking her fascination with Salem, MA. She has been writing fictional stories and poems since middle school, but it wasn’t until 2009 that she found the inspiration to create her heroine Maurin Kincaide and complete her first full length novel, The Morrigna.
When she isn’t writing paranormal romance, psychic romance suspense or about her psychic detective, Rachel can often be found with her nose buried in a good book. An avid reader of Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Horror and Steampunk herself, Rachel founded HallowRead- an interactive convention for both authors and fans of those genres. More information on HallowRead, its schedule of events and participating authors can be found at http://www.hallowread.blogspot.com and http://www.facebook.com/Hallowread. She still lives in Maryland with her husband and three children.
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