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"It’s Bladerunner meets 50 Shades of Grey” (Marc Hewitt)
“It’s science fiction, but not as we know it. The darkness of the story is offset by a biting humour: think Ben Elton does Isaac Asimov” (Goran Powell)
"It’s ‘not as bad as I thought it would be” (the author’s wife)
TO BE DONE
ABOUT THE HUMANS
"... a novel for our generation" (John Middleton, Bristol)
"We are entering the era of the age wars. Older people risk being cast as villains in an 'age war' because Britain is unprepared for an increasingly elderly population," the former Care Minister said.
"So you pay £9,000/year to go to Uni; then you get a job (if) and spend the next 10 years paying back your student loan; then youpay an obscene deposit on your flat/house and a ruinous mortgage forever thereafter; then you spend 15 very expensive years bringing upkids. Just as the kids leave home and you have a brief window your parents start going down the pan. You spend the next 20 years ruining your own health looking after them and spending your supposed inheritance on their healthcare; then they (eventually) die; then you (shortly afterwards) get dementia; soon after that you die too. Welcome to ‘life’ in 21st century Britain."
EXTRACT: CRYPTO IX - GEORGINA
‘Yes, we are boss. We’ve got a bubbling beverage of planetary-wide frantic HFT interactions. The infamous “tipping-point mixture”. It’s nearly there, it’s on the cusp, it just needs a bit of a nudge.’
‘We nudge. We introduce coding mutagens into the mix -’
‘- like a catalyst, yes -’
‘ – call it a hackalyst -’
‘- good one – a hackalyst -’
‘- then stand well back and see what happens.’
‘The Machine is going to wake up.’
'Yes, the Machine is going to wake up.'
WHERE WERE YOU WHEN THE HUMANS BECAME IRRELEVANT???
The extra-terrestrials - who just happened to have been created by us and are actually intra-terrrestrials - took over. We - Homo sapiens - are no longer responsible for the planet. Phew. What a relief. We can just sit back and enjoy our lives...