- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 13 hours and 56 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: August 8, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073HLQDFD
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Infinity Born Audiobook – Unabridged
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Its obvious that Richard's spends a lot of effort in learning about what he writes, so much so that after reading his books I come away feeling I have more knowledge than I started with - and often find myself doing research on my own about what he wrote about. (I admit I became more interested in science when I was young through references in science fiction, so that is really nothing new, except for the fact that most of the other 'contemporary' fiction does not make me do that). Richard's writing has that same affect as my early exposure to Science Fiction - something I had not realized I missed until now.
If your looking for a an engrossing and highly enjoyable book, look no further. This is the first in what I hope to see is a series (Yes, its that good).
The excellent and extensive Amazon Review here describes much of the overall story, and I will only supplement it by briefly describing some other aspects. The book is about a military detective, Cameron Carr, who is tasked by the Secretary of Defense to hunt down an extraordinary genius, Isaac Jordan, who in 2020 has developed a technology for advanced, self-learning, self-aware computers that might achieve consciousness. Jordan's heinous crime is that he demolished an entire high-tech community and its inhabitants with a space weapon and then butchered his own family. One of Jordan's daughters survives and, along with Carr, is pursued by a deadly Russian operative. Stunningly, it turns out, Jordan might not have been the monster he so obviously appeared to have become; and Carr has second thoughts. I'll stop there so as not to be a spoiler. But I will add that there are truly fascinating matters regarding the transference of a human brain's content to a computer and the concomitant issues of individual human consciousness and soul, about which Richards presents some highly thought provoking material.
This book concerns the future of computers. However, considering all the other scientific and technological disciplines and their future evolution covered in other books by the author, which are listed at this Amazon webpage, it is inarguable that Douglas E. Richards is just flat-out brilliant.
Martin P. Fricke, PhD (nuclear physics)
Thank you for the hours and hours of entertainment!
This is one of the best science-fiction books I have ever read and will probably be quoted quite a bit in the future.
The subjects discussed, like AI, AIS, etc., were all interwoven into a tightly written scifi spy story that also involved a race between the bad country (Russia of course) and the good country (the U.S. of course) for the billionaire genius. I thought the book was great and I intend to read the author's other work as a result.