Everyone thought the terrorist had completely destroyed the space station where the first faster-than-light spaceship was built. Actually, the survivors were implemented as softlife in the computers, and years later they and their virtual descendants live in a thriving but isolated community. Jason1, one of the few who used to be flesh and blood, doubts that this incorporeal existence really qualifies as life. But Iooi, a young native softlife, considers her kind an evolutionary step beyond biology, and three-dimensional space an annoying abstraction.
A spaceship arrives, and the two of them stow away in its computer, intending to establish ties with the rest of humanity. But the ship's crew is evasive about why they came and what their plans are. And the experimental spacecraft, lost since the attack on the space station, has returned, carrying an unexpected threat the softlife may be uniquely qualified to fight. Working with other softlife, an old friend, and the intimidating Space Force general Heather Lacey, Jason1 must take on terrorists, truly malicious software, and his own self-doubts.
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About the Author
James supports himself and his family as an engineer in the R&D department of a major turbomachinery manufacturer, where he engages in aerodynamic design, computational fluid dynamics analyses, and battle with temperamental computers. When not writing or engineering, he often plays or composes music, usually on a piano or synthesizer.
James lives in western Pennsylvania with his wife, a varying number of sons depending on who's home, and a lazy dog.
You can find out more about James and his writing, as well as download a few of his SF/F-themed musical compositions, at his website www.jamesrhardin.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
---3.5 Stars--- Wow! There is a lot going on in this book! The author has fascinating ideas and this book concept was very intriguing! The author did an impressive job on world-building as his attention to detail was immaculate. Jason1, the main character, who was once flesh and blood, is somewhat of a hero in this book. Jason1 became softlife when his space station was attacked by terrorists. As Jason1 and the spaceship crew knew time was running out and they had no other way out they decided to take a risk and download themselves into a computer system. Jason1 and the other survivors created a unique community as softlife while they waited for the next step. Now, trying to establish a connection with the rest of humanity, Jason1 must team up with Space Force General Heather Lacey to battle the terrorists once again. There is an interesting dynamic between the softlife that used to be flesh and blood and those born in captivity. Oh yes – regardless that they’re now computer programs they can still have sex and create offspring! I found this book to be interesting for the most part. However, there were times I was bored and got lost or confused. I definitely had to put this book down multiple times and it took me over a week to finish it. I kept coming back because I wanted to know how it ended, but it wasn’t a book I was glued to. Even though I enjoyed reading this book, but didn’t love it, I would still recommend it to sci-fi readers as this book truly was an interesting read. **Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**
Very visual and imaginative - increasing with each chapter that also gave anticipation of the outcome. Hope the author keeps his imagination streaming with another book - perhaps a sequel. FRANKOK