I'm still awfully sick so it's nice to have someone else on the blog to give me a break! Today, P. K. Tyler is here to talk about her science fiction novel, MIND RAIDER.
I asked P. K., “What inspired you to write this series?”
My favorite thing about this series is the intersection of human and AI. I love playing with the various beings and how they approach problems. Is a sentient AI human or another kind of life-form all together? Layered onto that is the question of what rights are afforded to whom depending on their perceived humanity. Are humans grown instead of born less than people? What about born humans with enhancements? What about AIs? All of these questions come into play in Mind Raider and have been a lot of fun to work with.
I admit that these are questions I often think about as well for my own Hikoboshi series. Very, very interesting.
An engineered human, a missing weapon, and corporate greed.
Kalamara station: the center of four star systems rich in minerals and abundant food. Paradise to the elite class of the United Systems. But terrans and common spacers suffer under untenable work conditions and crumbling, radioactive stations while the Elite thrive. Now the commoners are on the verge of revolting.
The resistance's covert intelligence network learns of an Elite weapon designed to alter the common people to their genetic core. The Elite are planning to test deployment on the mutinous Red Sky colony in the HUMP System and force their compliance.
Agent Keva was engineered by the elite military to fight their war. Disgruntled and disillusioned, she teams up with a renegade space captain and two sentient AI's to settle a score. She must race to locate the missing weapon before they use it on the common people. Can Keva save her people from destruction before the Elite turn this weapon on the rest of the settlements? And will her decision ignite a revolution?
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What's your favorite AI story?
When I think about AI stories I've already read or seen, I'm often reminded of HAL-9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey and then Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Both of these had a great impact on storytelling about AI and have influenced many depictions of AI in modern literature. Do you have a favorite AI story?