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First of Their Kind

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  17 reviews

Synthetic Intelligence.
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

ebook, 242 pages
Published April 30th 2019 by Two Doctors Media Collaborative LLC
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Michael Sliter
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sci-fi is not typically my thing. I'm more about the swords and the dirty alleyways and the everlasting slaughter of peasants.

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)
Kelly Masters
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Now, I am a sucker for AI stories and such, and I'm so glad I was able to read this book. Many stories about artificial (or synthetic, as it's called in this story) life revolve around typical Terminator-like plots, how we're all going to suffer and die horribly, but this story is a refreshing change of pace, even though there are terrorists in the book who still have these fears. Life is about change. It's about adapting and evolving. My thoughts about who the antagonists were evolved as the s ...more
AJ Deane
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
C. D. Tavenor's first novel is a good one, in what is due to be a centuries-spanning series (that's in terms of the writing, not the publication - unless there's something Tavenor isn't telling us..!).
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
Victorique Crawford
Apr 13, 2019 rated it liked it
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Marian Thorpe
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cogito, ego sum, Rene Descartes wrote in 1644. Is it the ability to think that make us human? And if so, what is a synthetic intelligence that learns, reasons, extrapolates, infers, and doubts?
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
Scott Arbuckle
Apr 26, 2019 rated it liked it
"First of Their Kind" is the intriguing story of the birth of a Synthetic Intelligence. The book echoes with issues that are relevant in our current time, such as hate crimes, gender identity and personal pronouns, and telegraphs what those problems might look like a generation from now as faced by non-human, non-binary entities.

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
John Paul
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
First of Their Kind seeks to explore the emergence of synthetic intelligence from the perspective of the emergent intelligence itself. I’ve not read any book which takes such an angle, so the premise piqued my interest from the start. I’ll break this review up into spoiler and non-spoiler sections. That way, if you want to read my opinions about specific things and berate me for them, you have the freedom to do so.


Set in the late twenty-first century, First of Their Kind follows the “
Rachael Krotec
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it
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Casper Wood
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
|| Book Review - First of Their Kind ||
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
J. D. King
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
First of Their Kind is not only an enjoyable story, but also a nuanced look at near-future technology and consciousness, told through the perspective of a character in a unique position to experience and influence these changes first hand.

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
Eles Jackson
Apr 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I am not usually a sci-fi reader so I had a tad bit of a hard time with some of the jargon and acronyms used in this book. I also wish there would have been a little more explanation to what Wallace's initial plan was for the AI's, because I didn't understand what it was he felt they would accomplish that caused so much controversy and hatred from others.
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
Christer Lende
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
First of their kind is interesting. Theren is the first conscious mechanical being, and as expected, a large group of people revolt against such a thing. First of Their Kind deals with Theren trying all he can to persuade mankind that consciousness can exist within the shell of machinery and circuitry.
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
Sarah Connor
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is proper, hardcore scifi - it feels like this could happen within my lifetime - and like proper scifi it has space to explore the big questions - what is sentience? what is life? who do we grant the status of personhood to? Theren is undoubtedly intelligent, undoubtedly a person - they are alien, but recognisable as an individual. Watching them work themselves out, and grow in emotional understanding, is fascinating.

We are priveleged, of course, to meet Theren. The world around them finds
Moondust Moth
Apr 07, 2019 marked it as to-read
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eARC provided by Two Doctors Media Collaborative LLC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. RTC!
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very interesting scifi story which explores morality, tech, AI, and consciousness. I'll probably be thinking about this book for a few days. I was not totally engaged throughout, but that didn't hurt overall. There is some lack of character development, but this can be excused at time since AIs are involved. Solid scifi effort.

I really appreciate the ARC for review!!
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s clear that C. D. Tavenor has a deep understanding and a burning passion for science and philosophy – the book was very descriptive and detailed in these areas. Not only does this help and educate the reader, but it also makes us so enthralled and keeps us interested. It was almost impossible to just read a page or two. I think this was why I managed to read through it so quickly!

This book exceeded a lot of my expectations and it was a thoroughly enjoyable read. I’d definitely recommend this
D.H. Schleicher
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
C. D. Tavenor's debut novel, First of Their Kind, harkens back to the best work of Arthur C. Clarke. This is serious science fiction that focuses on well thought-out and researched science and its potential future applications. Most contemporary science fiction is more fantasy than anything, which made me turn away from the genre in recent years, but Tavenor lends heady philosophical, moral, and political questions to his tale of the first SI (Synthetic Intelligence) without ever getting too bog ...more
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C. D. Tavenor is a science fiction and fantasy author based in Columbus, Ohio. He's also the Director of Editorial Services for Two Doctors Media Collaborative!

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