First of Their Kind
Thought impossible, but Dr. Wallace Theren has pushed the boundaries of computational science, creating an artificial mind capable of conscious thought. Naturally, his creation faces a harsh world bent on using it, exploiting it, or destroying it. If the first synthetic intelligence is to survive its early years, it'll need friends, but more importa
But, everlasting being a very long time, I decided to take a break and pick up First of Their Kind.
And, I enjoyed myself despite the big genre difference. Theron is the first true AI (synthetic intelligence, really, sort of a computer-programmed consciousness). The story follows their thoughts, philosophizing, and the world's reaction them (they go by they, not he or she) ...more
The characters - especially the development of the SI ('synthetic intelligence', rather than AI - 'artificial intelligence') from 'infancy' - were really well-rounded and handled. The world building was totally believable, though this is often the way with a near-future setting. The storyline struc ...more
That question is at the heart of C.D. Tavenor's novel First of Their Kind. Centred on the birth of the first true synthetic intelligence, Theren – their self-chosen name – faces both acceptance and hatred as they become known to the world and takes on a role in its future. Within this context, Tavenor asks ...more
To begin, I'm one of those guys that prefers real science in my science-fiction, and Tavenor delivers admirably on that front. There's enough tech to plausibly explain ...more
Set in the late twenty-first century, First of Their Kind follows the “ ...more
4 Stars, ****/5
I was provided an eARC copy of this book from the fine folks at @netgalley and @twodoctorsmedia and @tavenorcd for review.
This was SO much fun! Scifi and fantasy are the two genres that I've loved for the longest, and loved the deepest, and this is such a fun book! It hearkens back to the greats like Philip K Dick and Ray Bradbury in its examination of our human relationship with artificial intelligence.
"Synthetic Intelligence ...more
The story focuses on the titular character and their inner circle, and seeing the story unfold through their eyes allows us to sympathize with a character in a way we could not from an outside perspective. The in depth look into this character’s mindset is part ...more
One aspect of the book I found a bit unnerving was the AI going by the pronoun "they". Reading that in multiple paragraphs started to get a bit ...more
The book has memorable characters and following Theren's logical mind is quite interesting. Natural enemies arise, that might have more to them than simply being the bad guy, bringing interesting c ...more
We are priveleged, of course, to meet Theren. The world around them finds ...more
I really appreciate the ARC for review!!
This book exceeded a lot of my expectations and it was a thoroughly enjoyable read. I’d definitely recommend this ...more
He is excited to tell stories that engage readers beyond a desire for entertainment, whether through philosophical inspiration or social inquiry. A firm believer in connecting every piece of fiction to reality, whether through their themes ...more