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Building God [Kindle Edition]

Jess Kuras
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

They told us we were defying nature, playing God. We replied that we were not simply playing at it - we were building God.


Hours before the God Machine's first predictions of the future are made public, one of the technicians discovers a problem: it's not predicting a tomorrow.

Originally published as the first place winner of Red Adept's Twists & Turns contest, Building God is a short story about the confrontation between determinism and free will.

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  • File Size: 167 KB
  • Print Length: 22 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BNV2CEM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,984 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice story March 20, 2013
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A nice quick read at bedtime to help you sleep. Unfortunately it felt as if I was reading something written for a high school creative writing class. It wasn't bad and being free meant it was priced right.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really had me thinking March 12, 2013
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I'm a sucker for time travel stories. Though "Building God" isn't a time travel story, it does deal with many of the conventions and themes in a very new, unconventional way.

Jess Kuras has created a vivid near-future world where the population has to answer a question for itself - what would you rather: know the future and everything that will happen to you, or live in the present where you feel your free will can make a difference?

But the story isn't just philosophical. The fact that the "God Machine" sees an imminent future where earth's entire population ceases to exist makes the story a tense nail biter. It slowly builds to a "what will happen?" climax.

Jess Kuras has created a story with many different threads that will have you asking yourself some serious questions. It doesn't preach - it leaves the reader to answer them for him or herself. "Building God" had me thinking about the story long after I read it. I highly recommend it.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. I mean, just wow. March 3, 2013
By FJ1200
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The idea of building a machine that can predict the future and how that might affect our free will, only for it to determine that there won't be a future pretty much from the moment you turn the machine on. Is the lack of a future truly predicted by the machine, or is the creation of the machine itself the reason the future does not exist?

This is one of the most interesting short stories I have ever read. It was well written and thought provoking and I can see why it was a first place winner. Well done Jess Kuras. I hope you write more stories like this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good twist February 6, 2014
By Tek
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I really enjoyed this story. I thought the ending was good and thought provoking. A good read in one go.
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3.0 out of 5 stars meh January 27, 2014
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well I got it for free. it was OK, kind of meh but at least it is a sci-fi short story. glad I didn't have to pay for it though.
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