What's The Word?
A Blog by R. S. Hill
I am truly excited about the upcoming release of my new novel Access Universe in May 2018. And while it has taken a while to complete, two kids and more than a few gray hairs later I have to say it feels good. Access Universe is a bit of a departure from my previous novels which lean more toward supernatural mystery, horror, and dark urban fantasy. The techno psychological thriller will be released on Amazon (ebook & paperback) and Smashwords (ebook). What I like most about this novel is that it successfully frames the present as an important opportunity for human beings to begin to lay a solid foundation for how we interact with an own up to our responsibility for the technology we create.
Recently, we have all seen too much misuse and abuse of technology in the vitriol of social media, as a vehicle for abuse in the work place, and as a damaging distraction in our schools. It is my hope that all of this fumbling around in the dark is a necessary evil to prepare us (or perhaps just one of us) to step up and be the adult when that first sentient machine rolls off the assembly line and wants to know who and what it is.
Access Universe is the story of Silver Rainwater, a psychology graduate student who, on the verge of breaking through the glass ceiling and being the first in her family to achieve academic success, is lured into a lucrative online adventure game by a quirky AI named SNIS (Sneeze)—Systematic Network Infiltration System. As Silver develops and awkward relationship with SNIS and her own ethics begin to spiral out of control, she is unwittingly thrust into a dangerous struggle between a maniacal player, a hierarchy of secret players, and a covert government agency all vying for control of the most advanced artificial intelligence on earth.
At its core, Access Universe is a story about the power of humane relationships and how that power can be used to cultivate and educate the machines of the future. Consequently, it is also a foreshadowing tale of how machines can help human beings continue to grow in a fast-paced technology drive world.
Access Universe will be available very soon. Check back here for details.