San Francisco is changing. With people all over the world pouring into the city, the cost of living is rising and poverty is overflowing. Squatting in an abandoned home in the Mission, Succo, the new and improved sex robot with a conscience attempts to navigate life in San Francisco, questioning what little opportunity he has to climb the economic ladder to a life of comfort. Even as he knows that he is a robot, the superior species to humankind, he still must struggle beneath the heel of a life working in customer service and the feeling that at any moment he may fall deeper into poverty.
In a future where progress is accelerating beyond humanity’s ability to keep pace, the Humanists are trying to live in harmony with nature and avoid the advancing technology. One night, a fire destroys Kingstown – the Humanist settlement on the West Coast. As details of the tragedy emerge, outrage sweeps the Unites States, putting President Bill Freeman’s reelection prospects in doubt.
Negotiator Mia Arc faces a challenge of a lifetime when she’s asked to defend Humanist rights in the face of growing controversy. As she investigates the tragedy, she finds more questions than answers. Who is responsible for the tragedy? Did robots have something to do with it? And is anybody really who they say they are in this cyber-enhanced, nano-technological, unnatural world?
Mia doesn’t know if she can answer those questions. She is not influential. She is not powerful. She is just an ordinary woman…
If you like hard science fiction books fantasizing about possible sophisticated technologies in the future and amazing accomplishments in robotics, you will like this bargain 99 cents book. This sci-fi story is featuring a strong female character and a glimpse of a sci-fi romance. Those who like smart, intellectual books that force a reader to think may like this book as well. This sci-fi story combines it all: suspense, actions, solving a mystery as well as some thoughts about future politics and the White House. Some ideas of transhumanism movement (H+) are also used in this futuristic novella. However, this story is not too serious, or heavy, it is perfect for a reader who is looking for enjoyable, entertaining book.
“A retelling of the original Viral Trilogy, McConnell has condensed, distilled, and masterfully rewritten the original story beautifully.”
If you enjoyed the original series, you will appreciate the tweaks to the storyline. If you haven’t read any of the Viral books, you’re in for a treat.
From the back cover:
The world has become a place of comfort, where a shopping trip means heading to the first floor to collect new food tubes for the printer. Menial tasks, like cleaning up or cooking, are relegated to robots, and Robert’s job while finishing school is to maintain them. With only three classes remaining, he’s hoping for something better.
Then everything starts to glitch:
the robots, the building, and even the people.
What starts as glitchy videos, misbehaving touch-screens, and random fighting, grows into a race against time to fix the problem before it escalates. Maybe he can land a cushy programming job in the process, but this virus is more than it appears…
More believable than iRobot, more grounded than most over-the-top scifi novels, this book takes place in a high-tech future that might be closer than you think.
Is your Chefmaster 2000 pouring motor oil on your salad? Has your Sexbot reset the safe word without telling you? You have Trouble with Robots. Whether it’s due to pirated feeds or faulty programming, you shouldn’t try to resolve this on your own. You need the two hottest techs in the business, Olive and Britney. They keep androids from becoming anarchists at a fair price. Don’t be fooled by gray market dealers and their cut-rate bioware, Britney and Olive are fully certified and trained to handle Android Defiant Disorder, noxious fumes and unsolicited perversions in all human replacements.
Detective Sam Benson, a native New Yorker, is brash, opinionated and candid. Transplanted to work on Earth’s first colonized planet, he envisions a relatively peaceful job. But Benson’s ruthless nature might bring it to the brink of annihilation when a series of murders begins. He suspects a non-human is responsible-an android who once shared engrams with a psychopathic human. However, the detective doesn’t know other non-humans once called his new world-theirs. And as Benson obsesses with making a case against the android, he is oblivious to their return and the reason why they consider machines to be their gods.