- File Size: 181 KB
- Print Length: 36 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: David Wailing (November 1, 2012)
- Publication Date: November 1, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A0B7T5S
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
#2,242,759 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #2506 in Kindle Store > Kindle Short Reads > One hour (33-43 pages) > Science Fiction & Fantasy
- #3125 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Technothrillers
- #4444 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Hard Science Fiction
Backup (Auto Series) Kindle Edition
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Copy - A well written, intriguing book that's hard to put down. Short but entertaining.
Duallists - A well written, intriguing story that I couldn't put down until I was finished. I've enjoyed several of this author's work and read him whenever I find a new book by him.
Auto #1 - I've read several of the Auto series and enjoyed all of them. All well written, suspenseful and some shocking; the reader can see where somethings are possibilities in the future. Hard to put down until finished with the book.
Relationship Status - This is social media gone too far, but the way people are about their smartphones and social media . . . A well written, intriguing story that's hard to put down.
Timeline - One of the first books I read by the author. A well written story that's hard to put down. I laughed at the discovery.
Friend Request - This is my favorite of Wailing's Auto series. Just one little virus and the world goes nuts. Well written and intriguing and funny. Scary, too, with the way smartphones mesmerize people today.
The premise of Backup is that your Auto, a software agent that acts on your behalf in the social nets, lives on after your death, continuing to interact online with your still living friends and family, and even establishing new relationships with the Autos of other dead people. It makes you think whether a software agent can mimic your behavior so faithfully that it becomes indistinguishable from you, such that even after death you continue to live on.
My Auto and I are both looking forward to more stories in the Auto series.
Wailing takes this further, though, to include the impact on the humans that use the technology when things take an unexpected (but entirely believable) turn.
The high level of automation and the ability to program your Auto with your own personality, as it were, leads to shenanigans that make the reader wonder if we're talking artificial intelligence, or simply advanced technology.
I love the author's attention to detail, his facility in writing from a feminine perspective, and his willingness to tug at the heartstrings at unexpected moments. Wailing nails complex relationships with aplomb, and makes science fiction immediate and just barely out of current reach, putting him squarely in my list of Favorite Authors and Authors to Watch!
Given that, I certainly admire David Walling's extrapolation of smart-tech 9 years into the future. The first Auto stories I read were pretty much JUST tech extrapolation. Well thought out tech and the social changes it would bring, which made them interesting, but also clear developments of present technology
This one, however is hinting (or maybe shouting) about artifical intelligence and whether this technology can literally take on a life of its own. Sure, Janine's Dad was always a practical joker, but that was HIS mind developing the jokes - certainly before Autos when Janine was a little girl. His Auto seems to be doing a LOT more than downloading useful apps and making new friends without any human input.
I know these are short stories, but if David Walling is planning a longer book I'd really like more about how all society is handling these changes, including the people that replace the Smart Screens on headstones and build the cars. Given the amount of time spent now on iPhones, Twitter etc., and given the amount of information provided by Autos, will ANYONE be working?
I found this story to be emotional and thought provoking on several layers. Without trying to give the story away I think it accurately shows how the living try to hold on to the dead, instead of letting them go and getting on with life. It also shows how many people try to arrange things to control those they will leave behind.
The story is told in clear well written language. The story itself has layers of topics that the reader can think about.
From the Description page I see there are several stories in this universe, I am looking forward to reading them as well. Copy (Auto series),Relationship Status (Auto series),Friend Request (Auto series),Timeline (Auto series).
I HIGHLY Recommend this story.