Remote Armed Kinesthetic Engagement & Reconnaissance android, used primarily by Fire Departments and Police Departments in the United States. RAKERs are deployed for rescue, bomb disposal, and other tasks which are deemed too dangerous for humans. Some models are being manufactured for the armed forces to serve as offensive battlefield weapons.
Christopher A. Gray’s RAKER follows an incident one evening when Dr. Norman Stravinsky sends his RAKER android out to deliver a sensitive file to a colleague. When it encounters a crime in progress, the android must decide whether to interrupt its primary duties as bodyguard to Stravinsky in order to prevent the crime from continuing. The decision results in a confrontation between itself and the Seattle Police Department.
Keywords: Robot, Android, Artificial Intelligence, AI, Police Corruption, Military conflict, Robot vs. Man
— Publishers Weekly
The quantum computer believed it knew best how to save humanity... even if doing so meant destroying half the population.
Astrophysicist Doug Lockwood has made the discovery of a lifetime: another planet has appeared in our solar system, in orbit opposite that of Earth. Its sudden appearance is unexplained, but the danger presented by the alternate Earth is real, kicking off a chain of events that will carry Lockwood into the grasp of a formidable artificial intelligence bent on accomplishing its goal at any cost. With the survival of our Earth at stake and time running out, Lockwood and his team must find a way to counter this unprecedented threat before the powerful new enemy completes its plan. Two civilizations are pitted against each other in a desperate struggle for survival that may lead to Armageddon for both worlds.
Keywords: Dark Nights, Popular Science Fiction, Espionage Spy Thriller Adventure Action, Space Travel shuttle condor, CIA NSA Agent Michael Bishop, Extinction Level Event disaster catastrophe, Artificial Intelligence AI Robot Android, Alternate Earth Multiverse
One beautiful autumn day, while he undergoes a routine medical procedure, something goes irrevocably wrong. Dodge is pronounced brain dead and put on life support, leaving his stunned family and close friends with difficult decisions. Long ago, when a much younger Dodge drew up his will, he directed that his body be given to a cryonics company now owned by enigmatic tech entrepreneur Elmo Shepherd. Legally bound to follow the directive despite their misgivings, Dodge’s family has his brain scanned and its data structures uploaded and stored in the cloud, until it can eventually be revived.
In the coming years, technology allows Dodge’s brain to be turned back on. It is an achievement that is nothing less than the disruption of death itself. An eternal afterlife—the Bitworld—is created, in which humans continue to exist as digital souls.
But this brave new immortal world is not the Utopia it might first seem . . .
Fall, or Dodge in Hell is pure, unadulterated fun: a grand drama of analog and digital, man and machine, angels and demons, gods and followers, the finite and the eternal. In this exhilarating epic, Neal Stephenson raises profound existential questions and touches on the revolutionary breakthroughs that are transforming our future. Combining the technological, philosophical, and spiritual in one grand myth, he delivers a mind-blowing speculative literary saga for the modern age.
A short humorous look at the whole "invaders from space" genre, sure to inspire laughs.
Keywords: Alien invasion, funny book, satire, humor, popular science fiction
The trade in illegal elephant ivory and rhino horn is the tip of an iceberg made of money used to finance terrorism, torture and murder. The political and social failures among some of the wealthiest and most politically powerful people in America, result in a corrupt, morally depraved view of the world and how it should run. CIA agent Michael Bishop is one of a cast of sharply etched characters in a story that takes readers from the African poaching grounds deep in the interior of Cameroon, through the rough, narrow and dangerous old streets of Marseille, to the seething, densely packed streets of New York City. Bishop is the one man who is prepared to follow the money trail at all costs to bring the worst kinds of criminals and terrorist networks to account. The trail is dangerous, the traps along the way are devious, and Bishop confronts some of the worst villains ever created for the modern thriller. The end game is about life and death, and a behind-the-scenes battle for freedom that most people never see.
“An exhilarating, globe-trekking espionage tale that delivers robust characters.”
“A whirlwind spy story that keeps the action going… told with humor and vigor.”
−Madeline Dennis-Yates for IndieReader
Keywords: All The Big Ones Are Dead, Illegal elephant ivory and rhino horn, CIA Interpol thriller, Terrorist financing and smuggling, Big game poaching, Morality vs greed and power, CIA officer Michael Bishop