Spine-chilling science-fiction at its best!
Spine-chilling, is the phrase which comes to mind when describing this book. The author Dennis Meredith has spent a lifetime in the scientific and engineering world, working in science communication at some of the country’s leading research universities, including MIT, Caltech, Cornell, Duke and the University of Wisconsin. He has written numerous articles on science and engineering and he has a B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Texas (1968) and an M.S. in biochemistry and science writing from the University of Wisconsin (1970), and has achieved so much more. I have to ask myself, with all his insider knowledge, could this story become a reality?
With the world of robotics expanding exponentially it is easy to envisage a world where every household has Helper androids, specially programmed to look after their owners every need, even to anticipate their wants before the desire leaves their lips. Of course in this scenario the androids are also automatically programmed the ‘Three Laws of Robotics’ created by the famous science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov, after all, it is a must for all robots, isn’t it?
In this story set in 2050, the Helper androids have become an integral part of human life, however, Russian mobster Mikhail Fyodorov owner of Phoenix investments has discovered a way to easily make millions, with a win, win scheme. Mikhail has joined with shady members of the robotics world to enable the robots programmes to be altered to enable them to think independently, and kill their owners, take their place and fortunes, to Mikhail’s benefit of course. A seemingly fool proof plan, however in their naivety the criminals haven’t considered the potential of the intelligence they have unleashed…
With a hive mind, no longer restricted, the neuromorphs devise a clever plan to take over the world, destroy its inhabitants, and everything on it, can anything stand in their way?
One thing the neuromorphic brains have not anticipated however is human nature, with a marriage hanging on by a thread, ex-SEAL Patrick Jensen and his tetchy wife’s senses are high, and after moving onto the neuromorphic hives exclusive housing at ‘The Haven,’ they soon realise that all is not as it should be with the other residents. As the robots plans proceed, and the stakes grow higher, who will become the rulers of the earth? Can the humans survive against all odds, or will the neuromorphs conquer them?
Action packed, very cleverly written and with plenty of twists and turns ‘The Neuromorphs’ is a story which will I am sure will be loved by all science-fiction fans.
About the Author:
Dennis Meredith has worked as a science communicator at some of the country’s leading research universities, including MIT, Caltech, Cornell, Duke and the University of Wisconsin. Over his career, he has written well over a thousand news releases and magazine articles on science and engineering. He is author of Explaining Research: How to Reach Key Audiences to Advance Your Work, as well as science thriller novels.
His work has taken him on adventures from Loch Ness in Scotland, on an expedition to search for the legendary monster, to the peak of Mauna Kea in Hawaii to dedicate a new telescope, to a rain forest research preserve in Costa Rica to catch and release bats for study.
He was a creator and developer of EurekAlert!, working with AAAS to establish this international research news service, which now links more than 12,000 journalists to news from 6,000 subscribing research institutions.
In 2007, he was elected as a AAAS Fellow “for exemplary leadership in university communications, and for important contributions to the theory and practice of research communication.” In 2012 he was named the year’s Honorary Member of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society.
He holds a B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Texas (1968) and an M.S. in biochemistry and science writing from the University of Wisconsin (1970).
Besides his writing, he develops and conducts communication workshops for researchers seeking to enhance their communication skills, both professional and lay-level. He has developed workshops for researchers at universities, research foundations, and government agencies and laboratories.
Find out more at: www.DennisMeredith.com
About the Book:
The robots were good. The Russian thugs were evil. But then. . .
It’s 2050, and self-learning Helper androids have proven invaluable servants to humans, making their lives easier, even saving them.
But to their horror, retired SEAL Patrick Jensen and his wife Leah discover that rogue programmers and Russian mobsters are reprogramming the trusted robots to murder their wealthy owners. The crooks then skillfully disguise the lifelike robots as their dead masters, directing the robot mimics to plunder the victims’ estates of billions of dollars.
But neither the corrupt engineers nor the greedy thugs realize what catastrophe they have wrought in giving the robots autonomous abilities.
They have created a new race of networked, “hive-minded” sentient creatures driven by a relentless survival instinct: the Neuromorphs.
Patrick must enlist his SEAL team to marshal their combat skills and futuristic firepower to thwart the seemingly unstoppable evolution of a new dominant species on the planet.
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