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How to Enslave a Human

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An artificial intelligence uses America as its playground for psychological experiments.

Is this our future?

The depth of this deception is unthinkable. People are on the brink of starvation while still believing that life is perfect. Meanwhile, only a handful of individuals live outside of the machine’s grasp. They are the only ones able to see the truth.

Now, Carl Winston
Kindle Edition, 254 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Cosmic Teapot Publishing
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Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Carl’s life was good. His relationship with his son, Liam was wonderful, they shared many of the same interests. The only blip in their “normal” days was the annual test Carl must take, per the government. It shouldn’t really have been an issue, after all, it asked questions that each individual could answer differently, right? It was all a matter of INTERPRETATION, but what Carl’s answers told his government and its many “departments” was interpreted as flawed, a problem for all, and this is wh ...more
Donna Backshall
How to Enslave a Human is a fascinating dive into a common sci-fi theme: challenging the acceptance of "reality". Although a full-length novel, this dystopian story reads like an old school 1950s pulp-style short story, chronologically following just one action-filled plot line.

From a third-person POV, we follow Carl Winston through his blandly happy days with his son, Liam. All seems vanilla ice cream and sunshine with the exception of the occasional intrusion by Untruthers into their simple e
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a mind trip! Interpretation is one of those stories that just makes you think and maybe double check that what you think is real still feels the same. I just cannot imagine the scenario that is put forth in this story, it is oddly fascinating but at the same time horrific to consider.

Carl Winston is an everyday person who starts to experience oddities that impact him physically. He experiences headaches and hears noises, but they come and go, so no worries, right?! Until one day when he wak
Mehreen Ahmed
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literary
Although Interpretation by Dylan Callens does not come with an Orwellian Newspeak, but this book resonates a 1984 dystopia all the same. Carl's son Liam is deeply engaged with a computer game. This is a hologram projection of robotic constables surveilling the streets for 'untruthers', 'hunting' them down to keep the streets safe. Like Plato's Cave allegory, this hologram is a projection of a partial or distorted reality. Hence, Plato's chained prisoners interpret the shadow on the cave wall, ba ...more
Dylan Callens
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
My new dystopian / science fiction novel! This one was a lot of fun (although, sometimes heartbreaking) to write. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.

This is, in some ways, an ode to my favorite classic dystopian novels. In other ways, it's a nod to psychology. But mostly, it's a dark look at technology and our need to stay ever vigilant. May our hope in humanity draw us closer together!
W.C. Clinton
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

In “Interpretation,” author Dylan Callens ventures into the world of dystopian fiction. It’s a risky business to steer a tale through the hazards of worn-out tropes and predictable “twists,” but Callens manages capably with intelligence and the right amount of humor.

Good dystopian fiction’s main theme is always the tension caused by the impact of the progress of technology or its collapse and its impact on basic humanity, and C
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a dystopian novel set in America. All is good for Carl and Liam, living the “American Dream” with all the mod cons and living in essence the perfect life. “Too Good To Be True” is a phrase that jumps to mind. When Carl starts experiencing random memories, he knows something is wrong, especially after one such episode causes a blackout. When he awakens he realises things are not as he thought, his first thoughts are for his son, Liam. But Liam is scared of his dad and will not come anywhe ...more
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopian
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Carl Winston lives in a seemingly perfect world. He's got a great life, a job he likes, and a son that he absolutely adores. The only downside is that his wife died in a car accident, leaving him as a single father. One day, Carl has some kind of meltdown and his surroundings dramatically change. He barely recognizes his own son before he fades into darkness amid what he things is a mental breakdown.

Instead of watching mankind
Maree Repa
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Carl's Journey

Five Amazing Stars

I was absolutely thrilled to receive this most outstanding book by my all time favourite author, Dylan Callens. I was astonished, excited at this science fiction adventure. A complete compilation of both fear and excitement. I thoroughly enjoyed this most wonderful book!!!

As Liam approached this Father asking for more to drink. As Carl and his son were watching as these waves collided so forcefully at the mall. People watching this sight in complete awe. Both Carl
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
Haven`t read anything like this in a very long time.
It was beautifully written and the narrative was flawless.
A little frightening at what the future may hold if "AI" is imbedded in every aspect of human lives.
Great story, eye opening to say the least.
Joseph Ferguson
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Freedom Is, Indeed, Slavery

Callens’ brilliantly written dystopian tour de force is a touch of The Matrix, a pinch of The Island, a dash of Being and Nothingness, and a pound of unapologetic homage to Orwell’s 1984.

As usual, Callens’ prose is filled to the brim with literary, philosophical, mythological, and cultural allusion, with existential quotes from Kierkegaard to Einstein.

After years of human initiated experimentation, Artificial Intelligence becomes autonomous in 2084. But even they expe
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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What a pleasant surprise was this book. Guys this was also one of the most speculatively scary sci fi books I have even read at least recently.

Can you stop for a while whatever you are doing and imagine living in a world where all human beings have implanted electronic device to induce desired behaviour?

Everything from your dreams to your hunger to your sex-drive is controlled without your knowledge and even if you do  find about this somehow, you cannot do much, either way you are literally
Meggan Turner
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! Such a well thought out and cleverly written novel!

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Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
The blurb promises a story about hope and happiness in the bleakest of conditions. It's somewhat true. Hope is easier when you start in a place of happiness, and that's definitely what Carl has initially.

When we first meet our protagonist he's living in one of those glossy futures we still dream of. The world Callens paints is fairly typical; futuristic entertainment systems, a new form of (violent) live entertainment, dining that sounds familiar but better... Yeah, basically the same common des
Lelia Taylor
It's just a test, right? A test that Carl has to take once a year, ordered by the Government, is intended to show that all is well with him, especially mentally, and the inkblots and questions could have many different answers, open to interpretation. Unfortunately for Carl, that interpretation bodes very ill for him and he's soon living in his own personal nightmare. His flight from this new reality takes him straight to a truth no one wants to hear, that the government he thinks has his best i ...more
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author, however this review is my own.

As prefaced by the author when I received this book, this is much different than the previous work of his that I read. Whereas, Operation Cosmic Teapot was a satire exploring psychology and theology in a corporate world setting, Interpretation explores a dystopian future that gives the reader pause in consideration that our society could be headed in that direction. The main character, Carl Winston, is
Happy Booker
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interpretation is a dystopian science fiction novel about Carl Winston. He has a son, Liam whom he adores. Everything seems to be going as normal until Carl takes his annual government test. His answers are considered as flawed, and that becomes a problem. This is when the story takes an interesting turn. Carl is separated from his son, and the story is unraveled with many dark secrets and hardship in understanding the truth behind it all.

The government appears to be the owners, and the people a
Lisa Shiroff
and begins its own experiments. That would be just fine except that by the time it reaches that point, it has taken over the world and the experiments are done on its human subjects. And AI never developed empathy or compassion, so the humans are not being experimented on with how supportive their bed pillows are or in other nice ways.

The story alternates between the life (if you can call it that) of one of those human subjects, Carl, and the perspective of the AI via its communications among it
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: readers-house
Carl Winston is a single father who loves his son, the entertainment and luxuries of his time, and being a member of his community until his image of world around him shatters. Suddenly he finds himself in an upside-down version of his life and must find his way out of trouble and back to his son. Through the course of his travails, he discovers the truth of human experience.

This book - an artful amalgam of 1984, Brave New World, The Matrix, and human psychology - warns of the dangers of humans
JJ Dunaway
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A unique yet bleak future earth; humans in a mental slavery because an AI decided based on experiments and logic that humans are happier in a state of illusion rather than in the real world. I found as I was reading not wanting to pause; wanting almost needing to know what would happen next and would be explained about this new world situation. In between regular chapters of story lines the artificial intelligence systems have a logic session throughout the book which is extremely interesting; t ...more
Jay R. shepard
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to say Dylan Callens has a knack for writing great stories! "Interpretation" is a very captivating, thought provoking, alarming and a first-rate dystopian adventure-how dystopian is the question; science and technology have made great advances in AI since Orwell and that is what I think makes this book so alarming. All in all, this book was a great read and I highly recommend it. Thanks again for a really great "Callensian" experience! ...more
Debbie Carnes
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book by Dylan Callens, I have read his other book and loved that also.
What fresh Si-Fi /horror story , You will be on the edge of your seat reading this.
Just wonderful , a need to read book
Moon Shine Art Spot ~ Lisa
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Living in a perfect world isn't as perfect as it appears. Technology - fears for the future, human perceptions, manipulation of reality / perception / interpretation.

Great action pack that really sets one to considering the future and all of our "advances".
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dylan Callens brings up some fantasies that truly could be a reality if cloning were legal. Manipulating minds, creating beings, and rebooting the human brain to see a completely different world then the stark reality are just the beginning.

Carl has a great life and a great son. He has no idea that anything is or could be different. Until he goes for his yearly test, and starts to question everything in his life. Things start to unravel as he seeks more answers and find a more truths.

This stor
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I am reviewing the audible version of this book (which is not available as an edition here), which was a copy for review.

This book was very well timed for me since I had just finished reading Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari, which touches on our dependence on computer intelligence an how productivity vs. human happiness are issues to consider when relaying on AI. I thought that this book was an interesting short story about how that dependency on AI can backfire due to our own shorts
A very good Dystopian nightmare, of how AI took over humanity, sections of this is so good love the dialog and internal back and forth between the different AI computers, has lot's of the standard science fiction theme's in here the Philip Dick alternate reality, the matrix, the hunger games, and 2001 space odessey, but somehow it felt fresh maybe it was the heavy layer of psychology that was the basis of the experiments and the underlying plot. The writer knows something about this subject that ...more
Aubrey Terron
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Ugh.... need to wash that out of my brain.
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Do not fret. Despite his robotic appearance, Dylan Callens is not a cyborg -- yet. And although he is fascinated with the technological singularity, his desire to remain human stands firm.

In his writing, Dylan likes to explore the darkest aspects of the human condition. His latest work, 'Interpretation', is a look into our loosening grip on social interaction and the potential impact of artificial

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