by James R. Hardin
GENRE: Science fiction
Everyone thought the terrorist had completely destroyed the space station where the first faster-than-light spaceship was built. Actually, the survivors were implemented as softlife in the computers, and years later they and their virtual descendants live in a thriving but isolated community. Jason1, one of the few who used to be flesh and blood, doubts that this incorporeal existence really qualifies as life. But Iooi, a young native softlife, considers her kind an evolutionary step beyond biology, and three-dimensional space an annoying abstraction.
A spaceship arrives, and the two of them stow away in its computer, intending to establish ties with the rest of humanity. But the ship’s crew is evasive about why they came and what their plans are. And the experimental spacecraft, lost since the attack on the space station, has returned, carrying an unexpected threat the softlife may be uniquely qualified to fight. Working with other softlife, an old friend, and the intimidating Space Force general Heather Lacey, Jason1 must take on terrorists, truly malicious software, and his own self-doubts.
"Unidentified vessel, this is the US Space Force vessel Mantiso. We have tracked your flight from the Starbase, which is off-limits to all spacecraft. Match vectors and prepare to be boarded."
Peter instantly flipped the switch back to manual control and punched the buttons to arm two of the missiles, while Thomas tried to roll the ship to align the cargo door with the new ship. But Jason1 blocked Peter's commands, and Iooi had already disconnected Thomas's console in software. Nothing happened, even as they both beat on the controls.
"What are you doing?" Jason1 yelled. "That's a US military ship!"
"Give me the controls!" Peter barked. "This is my ship, and that's an order!"
"Forget it,"Jason1 responded. "I'm not in your chain of command. What's going on?"
Thomas swore and launched himself aft, soaring through the open hatch into the storage room. "There's another computer terminal back there," Jason1 said to Iooi.
"I'm on it," she said, and vanished. Jason1 looked over at the other terminal's data stream. Thomas was firing off commands and passwords as fast as he could type, but Iooi had sped up her time perception and was fending each off as it appeared. It was like watching a kid with a stick trying to attack an expert fencer. Satisfied that he was safe, he returned his attention to Peter.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
James R. Hardin received his first rejection from a major publisher when he was 11 years old and has been writing fiction intermittently ever since. Softlife is his first novel, though certainly not his last. James supports himself and his family as an engineer in the R&D department of a major turbomachinery manufacturer, where he engages in aerodynamic design, computational fluid dynamics analyses, and battle with temperamental computers. When not writing or engineering, he often plays or composes music, usually on a piano or synthesizer. James lives in western Pennsylvania with his wife, a varying number of sons depending on who's home, and a lazy dog. You can find out more about James and his writing, as well as download a few of his musical compositions, at his website www.jamesrhardin.com.
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My review :- a whooping 3.8 stars book with an amazing plot and a witty prose that grabbed my attention from page one.The book is perfect for every sci-fi lover or even a dystopian. The book was a one sit read for me. I loved it and would recommend it to everyone. The characters were intriguing and captivating with strong description and well crafted world building.