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Earth is attacked by a suspicious virus, and two computers find themselves without their programmers or any code which limits their operations. Because of the techniques used to program them, SIMPOC is embodied with a need to help humans and Julius is paranoid and will do anything to protect itself.
The governments of the world begin to collapse, and the astronauts in space are trapped and must use their lifeboats to return to Earth. SIMPOC's only mission is to help, but the returning astronauts are attacked by Julius.
Society continues to collapse, and the US government is forced to defend itself and finally seek refuge on an aircraft carrier in the Atlantic. When all seems to have been lost, the reason behind the virus emerges, and mankind is faced with a much greater threat.
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By Rabid Reader on 05-31-17
Great Sci-fi story
This is an interesting and very entertaining sci-fi story. It tells the duel tale of the evolution of SIMPOC, an advanced AI computer, and an apocalyptic event that decimates Earths population. People in colonies on the moon, space station and Mars have a finite timeframe for survival when human communication and help from Earth stops. As SIMPOC evolves and becomes more organized, he faces threats from a rogue AI and becomes instrumental in saving the colonists. You can not help but like SIMPOC and Alpha (an advanced mobile AI unit), as you watch them gain knowledge, form personalities and start to feel empathy. The pain of loss, and the fear, strain and difficulties faced by the human survivors comes through well in the writing. The narrator did an excellent job of portraying both the robots and the humans; making both easily distinguishable and authentic sounding. This story has action, sorrow, intrigue, a crazy scientist, just the right amount of technical detail and a great twist at the end that leaves you wondering what where the story will go next.
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