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Goodreads asked Tim Arthur:

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

Tim Arthur Synthesis is based for a large part on my fascination for sci-fi and the future, but perhaps even more on the philosophies I was exposed to when attending university. I'm a big fan of a materialist world view, which is hardly an uncommon thing in the 21st century, yet I felt like most sci-fi was still coasting on the residue of spiritualism. Time and again, novels, games, and movies come out in which the existence of intelligent machines is justified by them having something akin to a soul, and that just seems to undermine the very purpose of sci-fi to me. So I wanted to write a story in which a materialist premise stood central. A world in which both men and machines are equal, because they're really no different.

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