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Kopi meets Hanna in a 3-D cyber social network called Virtual Cosmos. Although they spend much of their time as avatars, Kopi and Hanna realize that they want much more than just living in a fabricated environ, so they make plans to meet up in Sweden where Hanna lives. Concurrently, Kopi’s job has him focused on state-of-the-art robotics that includes a shocker about Alice, his working partner. Thinking all the while that she is human like the rest of his colleagues, Alice is actually a highly sophisticated automaton. Alice may be the best-kept secret while robotics is on the rise. Yet there is one man who is determined to destroy artificial life once and for all.

Rick Bohm offers an intriguing look into a near-believable technological age in his debut sci-fi novel. Terms such as avatars, holograms, and robotics are commonplace in the scientific realm, especially in its connection with today’s latest developments. That said, the whole concept of robots integrating with society is not that far fetched in this day and age. Combining the above-mentioned elements, Bohm has produced a tale that is right on the cutting edge of conceivable technology.

Unique to Bohm’s third-person narrative is the way he balances his cast and plot. Bohm keeps his principal characters to a minimum while enhancing their development with an equally minimal foiled cast. Bohm zeroes in on two different relationships—Kopi/Hanna and Kopi/Alice—and the diabolical workings of Stuart, a leading conservative politician. Designed in a storytelling mode with very little dialogue, Bohm builds his plot by interweaving a slew of factual (technological, political, as well as geographical) tidbits while shifting past and present scenes and throwing twists and turns in the mix.

Amid all the technological attention, Bohm raises awareness in the delicate balance between human beings and artificial life. Indeed, each character shares his/her needs for human interaction and desires to fit into the world. Yet with the inclusion of automatons comes an added dimension—are they true assets or do they pose real threats to the meaning and existence of life? That question is left for the readers to decide. In the meantime, as Kopi closes with an abrupt but tantalizing cliffhanger, sci-fi enthusiasts can busily formulate their ideas in preparation for Bohm’s continuing saga.

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Star Count 5/5
Format eBook
Page Count 216 pages
Publisher Amazon
Publish Date 26-May-2015
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Issue September 2015
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy


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