Rafe is experimenting in a technology humans have considered taboo for centuries: Artificial intelligence. With it, he has learned to create entire mindscapes which a human can upload into, completely immersive and completely real.
But some don't want Rafe to succeed. Some want him to weaponize his discovery. Some want to steal it as a terror weapon against the Compact.
And Rafe just wants to impress a beautiful girl.
About the Author
TS Hottle is a science fiction writer originally from Cleveland. By night, he writes, cooks, golfs, plays video games with his future stepson, and fights with a cat named Tearyon. By day, he is a software developer. Sometimes, he wins against the cat, but not often.
For fifteen years, he wrote crime fiction under the name Jim Winter. Now he has returned to his first love, science fiction He has created The Compact Universe, a series of loosely connected space opera tales centered around humans' disastrous first contact with a species known as the Gelt.
He lives in the Cincinnati suburb of Deer Park with his fiancee Candy and her son. When not writing or cooking, they both can be found fixing up their newly purchased Cape Cod. Which has a deck. Which makes TS very happy.