Before he was Old-timer, he was Craig Emilson, a young doctor, sucked into military service at the outbreak of World War III. Enlisting to become a Special Forces suborbital paratrooper, Craig is selected to take part in the most important mission in American military history - a sortie into enemy territory to eliminate the world's first strong Artificial Intelligence. The mission is only the beginning of Craig's story, and for the story of humanity as well, as they accelerate towards a world that is post-human.
If you're already a fan of the smash-hit Post-Human Series, this prequel to Post-Human, Sub-Human, will answer the previously unanswered questions of how the post-human world came to be. And, if you're new to the series, Sub-Human will serve as an engrossing introduction to a possible future that has enraptured tens of thousands of listeners!
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A Roll Of The Dice, A Shot In The Dark!
I didn't read the print version but Ray Chase does a great job bringing the characters to life.
David Simpson is a young author who seems incredibly well schooled in the classic Sci Fi of Asimov and Clarke. There are big big ideas in this series, bu the science is thoughtfully explained though not a centerpiece. There are some very clever plot lines and its rapid rife and highly entertaining. As a young author he has a lot of promise, and I enjoyed this initial book in the series very much as will read the remaining 3. Without being critical, because this appears to be Simpson's overall style elements of the story are not overall explained, drawn out or described like the the great space operas of Simmons or Varley. This style sometimes leans toward more of a graphic novel approach, which I found appealing at some level and lacking at other times.
As a young author Simpson's style will evolve and I look forward to continuing to read his work. This is old school Sci Fi done with a modern approach. I enjoyed it very much.
I am always stunned by how well the best narrator's perform their craft. Ray Chase is fantastic, giving distinctive voices to each character. I love the way he portrayed Craif (the old timer), it was terrific.
Certainly the entire sub plot with Samantha was something that I think a lot of people can identify with on some level. It was moving to the point that it humanized what at times was a fantastic storyline.
There are some very interesting concepts in this book have become front and center in science today. Kurzweil's "Singularity" concept is clearly a driver in the novel(s) and a topic that I suspect will be discussed more as we employ wearable computers and neural networks in our daily lives. If that interests you this is a provocative story and worth your time.
- thomas "I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books."