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A.I. Apocalypse (Singularity Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

William Hertling
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Book Description

Leon Tsarev is a high school student set on getting into a great college program, until his uncle, a member of the Russian mob, coerces him into developing a new computer virus for the mob’s botnet - the slave army of computers they used to commit digital crimes.

The evolutionary virus Leon creates, based on biological principles, is successful -- too successful. All the world’s computers are infected. Everything from cars to payment systems and, of course, computers and smart phones stop functioning, and with them go essential functions including emergency services, transportation, and the food supply. Billions may die.

But evolution never stops. The virus continues to evolve, developing intelligence, communication, and finally an entire civilization.

Some may be friendly to humans, but others are not.

Leon and his companions must race against time and the military to find a way to either befriend or eliminate the virus race and restore the world’s computer infrastructure.

Praise for the Singularity Series:

“Highly entertaining, gripping, thought inspiring. Don’t start without the time to finish — it won’t let you go.”
—Gifford Pinchot III, founder Bainbridge Graduate Institute, author THE INTELLIGENT ORGANIZATION

“A tremendous book that every single person needs to read. In the vein of Daniel Suarez's Daemon and Freedom(TM), William's book shows that science fiction is becoming science fact. Avogadro Corp describes issues, in solid technical detail, that we are dealing with today that will impact us by 2015, if not sooner. Not enough people have read these books. It's a problem for them, but not for the [emergent] machines.”
—Brad Feld, managing director Foundry Group, cofounder TechStars

“A fascinating look at how simple and benign advancements in technology could lead to the surprise arrival of the first AI. And like all good techno-thrillers, the reality of AI is less than ideal.”
—Jason Glaspey, SILICON FLORIST

“An alarming and jaw-dropping tale about how something as innocuous as email can subvert an entire organization.  I found myself reading with a sense of awe, and read it way too late into the night.”
—Gene Kim, author of VISIBLE OPS


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Praise for the Singularity Series

"Highly entertaining, gripping, thought inspiring. Don't start without the time to finish -- it won't let you go."
--Gifford Pinchot III, founder Bainbridge Graduate Institute, author of The Intelligent Organization

"A tremendous book that every single person needs to read. In the vein of Daniel Suarez's Daemon and Freedom(TM), William's book shows that science fiction is becoming science fact. Avogadro Corp describes issues, in solid technical detail, that we are dealing with today that will impact us by 2015, if not sooner. Not enough people have read these books. It's a problem for them, but not for the [emergent] machines."
--Brad Feld, managing director Foundry Group, cofounder TechStars

"A fascinating look at how simple and benign advancements in technology could lead to the surprise arrival of the first AI. And like all good techno-thrillers, the reality of AI is less than ideal." 
--Jason Glaspey, Silicon Florist

"An alarming and jaw-dropping tale about how something as innocuous as email can subvert an entire organization.  I found myself reading with a sense of awe, and read it way too late into the night."
--Gene Kim, author of Visible Ops and The Phoenix Project

About the Author

William Hertling is the author of Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears, A.I. Apocalypse, and The Last Firewall.

Brad Feld, cofounder of TechStars, called his first novel, Avogadro Corp, "a tremendous book everyone must read."

A fifteen year veteran of the technology industry, he holds ten patents on software and internet technology and is a frequent speaker at SXSW Interactive. When not writing, he works on web and social strategy.

He's been building online communities since 1986 when he ran seven phones lines into the back of his Apple //e to create an online chat system. An active blogger since 2002, his website, williamhertling.com, receives more than 50,000 visitors a year.

He resides in Portland, Oregon.

Product Details

  • File Size: 453 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0984755748
  • Publisher: Liquididea Press; 1 edition (May 13, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007FZVI2M
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,625 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than his first book--which was great! June 5, 2012
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Once the titular apocalypse began, I could not put this book down. I was glad to see ELOPe again--the most interesting character in the book is not a human being. The details of how an AI society would be organized are great. Don't skip the first book, Avogadro Corp., which is also a terrific yarn. And now I can hardly wait for the third in the series.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, smashing, stimulating April 6, 2012
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Book 1 was good. This, book 2, was even better. It seemed almost written by a different author.

I like a Sy Fy thriller, and even more so when it is based in hard tech.

Hertling packed the following fun into this tales:
Hacking
Algorithms
Biology
Evolution
Singularity
Crowd-sourcing
Virus: propagation, infection, & detection-avoidance
Trade guidelines: trustworthiness, peacfulness, & contribution
A.I.
Learning mechanisms: assimulation, experimentation, & exchange of information
Human thinking in dozens of operations per per minute.

Fun. Fun. Fun. Best i have read in 3 months. That is ~ 90 books.
so lets round up. The book is 1 in a 100.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The future, short term March 9, 2012
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The wonderful thing about this series is the proximity of it -- the future doesn't depend on some magical technology becoming available, transforming the world. It's all about current trends, current technology, pushed just a little bit and combined in a way that enables powerful, believable results. This book is a perfect follow-on to Avogadro Corp, starting a new story but building on the the previous work.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Futuristic Thriller February 9, 2014
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While not completely necessary, before you read this book you might want to consider reading Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears (Singularity Series) which is the first book in the series.

This second installment could be a standalone, as there is a large time gap in the series of events between the two which makes me wonder if there will be another installment in the series which bridges the gap as they are really two different books that just so happen to have two characters carrying over from the first installment; unlike most sequels, I thought this one was a heck of a lot better than book one of the series.

I think the author does a good job of giving you one possible scenario of how a computer program could become a true artificial intelligence, as well as how a computer virus program could spin out of control and form multiple A.I.'s as it certainly got me thinking about it well after I completed the book. Without having a spoiler there are a few instances where you want to call "bull" on the situations, yet it was very thought-provoking and one of those books I didn't want to put down until I plowed all the way through it. However, the Walter Mitty fantasy-type moments I had while reading the book - and continue to have - certainly outweigh my previous comment.

If you like a good science fiction thriller that seems just a couple of years into the future, I'd recommend this one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Hooked - Love this series March 24, 2012
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William Hertling has the gift. He can create a world that's plausible, but exciting in its differences from our current reality. A.I. Apocalypse tells the tale of what we should worry about as our computers become more powerful and have greater connection to our information... And what we may be able to do about it.

Just as I said after his first book in the Singularity Series, I can't wait for the next one.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first book! August 24, 2012
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I don't do many reviews, but felt I should for this book.
I read the first book in this series,and found it to be pretty good, but seemed a little rushed or slightly thin in some areas.
The author clearly had a second book in mind from the start because this book is better than the first in the series.
The pace is fast moving, never too slow. Exacting details are always given.
He also has full understanding and knowledge of his subject matter, and is able to convey that information to the reader.
I'm a CIO for a Healthcare Company and found a lot of his information to be accurate.
The technology that he writes about made the geek in me want a "Gibson" phone.
All in all an enjoyable read, and I look forward to the third book in the series "The Last Firewall".
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hertling does it again! March 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
A.I. Apocalypse (Singularity Series) is set about 10 years in the future, following the events of Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears (Singularity Series). The benevolent artificial intelligence from the first book, ELOPe, has nudged human interactions to provide significant advances in computing, medicine, world peace, etc. While ELOPe hasn't exactly been lonely as the sole strong AI, he's about to have a lot more company.

After depicting a realistic scenario for how strong AI might develop today with a large amount of resources during the first book, Avogadro Corp, this second book is even more frightening in its illustration of how strong AI might accidentally come about (again!), though this time with far fewer resources.

In A.I. Apocalypse, we see the evolution of individual AIs and their development into a civilized society. It's an interesting exploration of the genesis of a society, its values, and its attempt to control rogue agents.

The action of the man vs. machine (later becoming machine vs. machine) conflict is just as page-turning and un-put-down-able as the first book. It's almost enough to make one want to live off-grid.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read.
A great storyline and fast action combine to make this an excellent read. An interesting look at a plausible scenario.
Published 1 day ago by FearNot
5.0 out of 5 stars exciting and well written possibilities novel
Enjoyed the storyline and expansion of the possible. Character development is awesome! Scary at times with a little humor thrown in! Thank you for an excellent read!
Published 4 days ago by Maurice E. Smith
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Awesome book! I couldn't put it down. The concept of AIs thinking so quickly that a conversation with a human is like an eternity is an idea I had never considered. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Christopher Zeger
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Not as good as other techno thrillers I've read, but its a good story.
Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
This was a fun read! Good concept. Good pacing and characters. Read it! I recommend it and I am glad I read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!
This one of the best books I've read lately. I wish this was made into a movie. I think it would really be a good one. Read more
Published 29 days ago by RN36ria
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
I would highly recommend this series if you enjoy technology and artificial intelligence. The series is fun and fast paced.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best scifi books I've read in years.
Published 1 month ago by Adam G
4.0 out of 5 stars A.I. Apocalypse
I enjoy techno thrillers. Well crafted story intriguing characters I could not stop reading. I recommend this book and the entire series.
Published 2 months ago by Diana
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Low rent AI thriller. Competently written, with little nuance and on the nose plotting.
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More About the Author

William Hertling is the author of the award-winning Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears, A.I. Apocalypse, and The Last Firewall. His near-term science-fiction novels about realistic ways strong AI might emerge have been called "frighteningly plausible", "tremendous", and "must read".

He's been influenced by writers such as William Gibson, Charles Stross, Cory Doctorow, and Walter Jon Williams.

William Hertling was born in Brooklyn, New York. He grew up a digital native in the early days of bulletin board systems. His first experiences with net culture occurred when he wired seven phone lines into the back of his Apple //e, creating an online chat system.

He currently resides in Portland, Oregon. By day he works on web and social media for HP. Follow him on twitter at @hertling or visit his blog williamhertling.com.

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