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Alex Hargreaves is being haunted by the past. But the ghosts that plague him are born of science, not superstition. As a Security Specialist for the ISA, Alex has a memory implant that allows instantaneous access to memories – both good and bad. He can recall facts and figures with unfailing accuracy, but cannot move past the painful sense of death and abandonment made man ...more
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Published March 27th 2012 by Vagabondage Press (first published March 26th 2012)
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J.S. Watts
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
An entertaining and thought provoking SF story/novella (long story/short novella) exploring both life and death via the topic of AI and synthetic existence. It has all the ingredients for a fascinating SF piece: space travel, space ships, nanobots, AI, androids, synthetics, technically enhanced humans, plus life, death, terrorism, a crime to solve, mystical experiences and philosophy. What's not to like?
Linda
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
What an odd but thrilling story about synthetics! What the world termed not human beings that walked among mankind and secretly mass killing humans with a hidden agenda. Alex Hargreaves, a security specialist for the ISA, was charged to find out what happened to Amanda Hayes on a deep space observatory. Once there he couldn't help but remember his dead wife and daughter, and upon entering the station he had to make the toughest decision of his life!
Jackie
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fairly decent SF story with AI. Short novella, that didn’t take long to read anyone interested in this should definitely read it and even if someone has never read this kind of genre should try.
Ray
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Nice work by Jason E. Rolfe! Entertaining and thought-provoking speculative fiction. Synthetic Saints pits plain ol' human intelligence against that of the upscale artificial kind in this thriller/meditation on life, death, grief, and the temptations of a curiously plausible-sounding means of immortality.
Lloyd Andrew Green
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Alex and his synthetic partner attempt to solve the possible murder/suicide at a far away space station. Rolfe deals flawlessly with the difficult line between how human is machine and how machine-like are we all.
Great short story.
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