Good solid characters and great storytelling make this a really compelling book. It's great to get the opportunity to identify with a story where hum..Show More »anity gives birth to AI but in a positive way. Yes there's a disaster going on in terms of what's happening to humanity but we have managed to develop AI without mucking it up. I can't say that I've seen other authors do this - so its great to see.
"...everyone simply went home to wait for the end"
Listening to Zachary Johnson's narration brings a greater immediacy to the audio version than simply reading the book. Although far less than in SIMPO..Show More »C, the Thinking Computer, the story is told partially through the communications and Mr.Johnson's rendering of the voices of several computers is supsrb, making them sound authentically mechanical but still easy on the ear. Far from them seeming just bland, he manages to invest SIMPOK and Alpha, in particular with an internal feeling which shows through the unemotional reading whilst completely differentiating them from the human protagonists.