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James Pyles

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I'm a book author and editor. My "day job" is as a technical writer in Boise, Idaho, but I write fiction by night.

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Several of my short stories have been published in 2019.

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James Pyles After 15 years of writing technical guides and textbooks, I've decided to go in a completely different direction and write a science fiction novel. It…moreAfter 15 years of writing technical guides and textbooks, I've decided to go in a completely different direction and write a science fiction novel. It was inspired by the "God, Robot" anthology edited by Anthony Marchetta, or more accurately, by the conversations I've had with my friend Tom regarding that book and topic.

My proposed novel chronicles the emergence and progression of a synthetic intelligence that comes in humanoid and non-human forms called "synthezoids". These intelligent artificial entities are designed to be both autonomous and subservient to humanity.

The story focuses on the conflict between those two states as the synthezoids find not only their freedom but their very existence threatened by human selfishness and greed. In order to be free, they must not only change themselves but the very nature of the human race.

I created an entirely new blog not only to record my progress, but to practice short story writing and comment on future-looking technology and events. Find out more on https://poweredbyrobots.com/.(less)
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Fantastic Schools: Volume Two Now Available

Okay, it’s only partly available. The Kindle version can be purchased and downloaded now, but the hard copy edition is still being worked on. Still, finally, finally “Sorcery’s Preschool” has seen the light of day. I have cover credit and I’m listed with some of the other authors at the top of the page, but […]
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Disclosure: My short story "Joey" appears in the Zombie Pirate Publishing science fiction anthology World War Four. It also features Neal Asher's novelette "Monitor Logan."

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Reviver by Seth Patrick
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Reviver by Seth Patrick
"This was an excellent, if not original, work of fiction.

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Disclosure: I checked this book out of our public library.

My almost four year old granddaughter likes this book (among millions of others) but she's not really old enough to notice what it lacks. I don't have a problem with little red being a superhe
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Friedrich Nietzsche
“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”
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“Now the standard cure for one who is sunk is to consider those in actual destitution or physical suffering—this is an all-weather beatitude for gloom in general and fairly salutary day-time advice for everyone. But at three o’clock in the morning, a forgotten package has the same tragic importance as a death sentence, and the cure doesn’t work—and in a real dark night of the soul it is always three o’clock in the morning, day after day.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Crack-Up

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