The entire human population is attacked by a very suspicious virus. SIMPOC's programmer doesn't come in to work, that day, the next, or ever. The commander of the space station Oasis, Joan Herl, is forced to abandon the station because of dwindling resources. When they land on earth, they are attacked by another thinking computer who would do anything to protect itself and to continue thinking.
The moon colony, Dessert Beach, is trapped as their resources are running out, and they must decide when to come home. They have only lifeboats to carry them back to the lifeless Earth, and what will they find when they enter the atmosphere and land?
The astronauts trapped on the Mars colony, Red Dirt, are in worse condition. Their systems will break down and resources will run out. Coming home for them is a different story. The lifeboats aren't made for that purpose and must be rebuilt before the colony breaks down. Should they stay and take their chances on Mars, or should they journey back to Earth?
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On the verge of perfect..
Yes, Perreault did a splendid job with creating a connection with SIMPOC. I thoroughly enjoyed listening from the perspective of a computer.
This has to be a combination of the narrator and the story telling. When SIMPOC realize that his maker will not come back, you can almost feel SIMPOC loneliness.
Amazing job on narrating, really made me feel what SIMPOC was feeling.. if computer have feelings.
The reason why I did not give this book a 5 star was the lack of story development when he introduce the few human survivors. It just felt a little rush, I know that there will be back story revealed in another book. But if this was the only book I read in this series it just felt a little incomplete. I was more connected to Termen who was the creator of SIMPOC and was really sadden when SIMPOC realize Termen won't return.
*I received a free copy of this audio book for an honest review.*
This is an interesting look into what a computer what would happen if things went more than a little awry. A virus has wiped out almost all humans and SIMPOC, a newly turned has just begun earning about how things work when the computer finds it is alone. Pick up this short story for an interesting subject