Before he was Old-timer, he was Craig Emilson, a young doctor, sucked into military service at the outbreak of World War III. Enlisting to become a Special Forces suborbital paratrooper, Craig is selected to take part in the most important mission in American military history - a sortie into enemy territory to eliminate the world's first strong Artificial Intelligence. The mission is only the beginning of Craig's story, and for the story of humanity as well, as they accelerate towards a world that is post-human.
If you're already a fan of the smash-hit Post-Human Series, this prequel to Post-Human, Sub-Human, will answer the previously unanswered questions of how the post-human world came to be. And, if you're new to the series, Sub-Human will serve as an engrossing introduction to a possible future that has enraptured tens of thousands of listeners!
©2012 David Simpson (P)2013 Podium Publishing
Once again, I take a shot in the dark, and this time, it's a win.
And for a fact, it's NOT because of Audible's description of the work. That description covers the first five minutes of the audiobook.
Think other dimensions, time dilation, neural AI mind entropy, rogue robots, nuclear fallout, new world order, suspended animation, and MUCH more.
Simpson delivers a well-written, smartly-paced and rich story, replete with rich character development, excitement, and tech-savvy future-tense believability. It beautifully sets the pace for the other novels in the series.
And, by the way, it just happens to be a great listen.
Lately, there's been a definite lack of truly noteworthy scifi/fantasy audiobooks offered here at Audible. I don't blame Audible for the lack of excellent work. There are great novels out there that are just beginning to be recorded to audiobook format, and it takes time.
So, this was a pleasant surprise, and I'm extremely glad I stumbled into it - So much so, that I'm securing the remaining novels in the series.
So, crack open that wallet, pull out that dusty credit, dear Audible listener, and put this enjoyable listen in your library.
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There is a familiarity one feels while listening to Sub Human, not in the sense that you may have heard the book before, but that you are in a friendly place. Simpson manages to take many complex technological ideas and simplify them to a state of “oh, yeah, that will certainly happen.” Why shouldn’t we fly or be able to hold our breath for hours, or walk through nuclear fallout unscathed. There are some questionable leaps in science that are simply fun and give the imagination a playground for exploration. Parallel universes moving at different rates; why not? Most listeners will enjoy the ride.
If one could complain about anything, it would be that some of the ideas are not explored deeper; a kind of hunger for more, but that’s a positive thing that should keep us coming back for sequels. The characters are reasonably well developed, though unfortunately predictable at times, just short of two dimensional. No reason to spoil the plot here, just that, some characters just don’t have the depth one would hope for. Good enough to keep the ride rolling along, but not good enough to care too much when someone gets erased.
The narration is by Ray Chase, who does an outstanding job. He is good at differentiating the character voices, and generally doesn’t get in the way of the story. He has a kind of affectation to his voice that sometimes took this listener out of the story. But that is more of a personal objection, and most listeners should be more than satisfied with his performance. He is clearly a pro.
Sub Human is the first book in the Post Human Series. The plot wraps up completely and doesn’t leave the listener hanging at all. You will likely want to continue to the next book in the series, not to find out what happens next, but to hear about your favorite characters in a new situation altogether.
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I work in Financial Services and love History, Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction.
I didn't read the print version but Ray Chase does a great job bringing the characters to life.
David Simpson is a young author who seems incredibly well schooled in the classic Sci Fi of Asimov and Clarke. There are big big ideas in this series, bu the science is thoughtfully explained though not a centerpiece. There are some very clever plot lines and its rapid rife and highly entertaining. As a young author he has a lot of promise, and I enjoyed this initial book in the series very much as will read the remaining 3. Without being critical, because this appears to be Simpson's overall style elements of the story are not overall explained, drawn out or described like the the great space operas of Simmons or Varley. This style sometimes leans toward more of a graphic novel approach, which I found appealing at some level and lacking at other times.
As a young author Simpson's style will evolve and I look forward to continuing to read his work. This is old school Sci Fi done with a modern approach. I enjoyed it very much.
I am always stunned by how well the best narrator's perform their craft. Ray Chase is fantastic, giving distinctive voices to each character. I love the way he portrayed Craif (the old timer), it was terrific.
Certainly the entire sub plot with Samantha was something that I think a lot of people can identify with on some level. It was moving to the point that it humanized what at times was a fantastic storyline.
There are some very interesting concepts in this book have become front and center in science today. Kurzweil's "Singularity" concept is clearly a driver in the novel(s) and a topic that I suspect will be discussed more as we employ wearable computers and neural networks in our daily lives. If that interests you this is a provocative story and worth your time.
Fantastic story with great idea development by the author. The person reading the story is not to my taste, though, and he has some very odd inflections that make many of the powerful characters actually sound weak and girly. I think that this book would have been MUCH better with a more powerful reader that properly captures inflections.
Inostrancevia - the uber Gorgonopsian.
Ray Chase is rapidly climbing up my greatest narrators in the known universe list. He kept this roller coaster on mushrooms of a story racing forward through multiple time warps, disasters at sea, rampaging pubescent-voiced evil simulants and some other stuff I am still trying to come to grips with and cannot mention at this point.
After being 2x4'ed by the fickle finger of fate, Craig finally catches a break and gets some peace of mind. I just hope that in the next episode he also will get a well deserved piece of ass - be she cyber or human. I do not say this lightly. Craig was made to experience the ultimate rip my heart out and stuff it down my gaping pie hole situation through absolutely no fault of his own. The chin-deep lake of crap this guy had to wade through from basically the first or second minute until the blood spattered, radiation contaminated curtain came crashing down really had me hoping that Craig would at least end up conscious or hopefully be able to stand without assistance. I was not disappointed.
Ray Chase has a way of narrating that just clicks with me. This story was a trip, and there is no better audio guide for this kind of book than Mr. Chase. I am fired up for the next installment.
An early in the story bombshell exploded in my ears and had me blurting out loud "No way!" and "f.....ing ruthless". Needless to say, I was moved. I knew from that moment on that this story was going to be a keeper.
Hey Audible... why are you making me wait for what.... 3 weeks to hear the next installment? This is a bush league move. I can honestly say without reservation or fear of contradiction that YOU SUCK! Here I am, with cash in hand wanting to keep the vibe I got from this book going and I have to wait until someone somewhere in your organization gets around to making it available? Let me guess, the reason why the next book is not available for several weeks is due to: (a) your company is staffed with out of touch half wits, or (b) you can't squeeze the next book in the series in because you have yet another batch of poorly written trash about some highland slut trying to get into the pants of some pouting, shirtless, mullet - sporting loser, or (c) you all just don't give a damn about your customers. My money is on all of the above. I hope the puss bag mono-browed mouth breathers involved in delaying the second installment of this series get a big fat pink slip in their stockings, or if that isn't in the cards, a really nasty and festering bout of poison ivy / oak in all the right places.
I would not.
I wouldn't have read this book. The narration helped.
The premise has endless potential. The author chose to continually focus on how a super soldier could torture and kill. I expected some of that, but that's about all there was. I kept waiting for this book to take off, but realized that's just what the book is - light on ideas or insights and heavy on gore.
The plot was good. The story engaging. It wasn't the most amazing book of all time but it was entertaining.
The time hops were oddly developed. Either more detail and weight needed to be given to it, or just skip it entirely. It felt like the author was just trying to fill pages.
The character of the AI was actually very well performed. The performance of this character was my favorite.
The second book in the series - Post Human - was utterly awful. It was not related to this book in any way, and was completely unneeded.
This is a nice piece of brain candy. There is no deep thinking required, but its entertaining all the same.
“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ― Jorge Luis Borges
Never before had I been so utterly frustrated with a male character as I was in this novel. I never realized that I'm so used to female idiots as main characters, that I got almost shocked and outraged when I hit upon this one. I kept hoping he would make the right decision but noooo, the moron kept going. The story wasn't bad if you don't mind the main character and the reader was good.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
CRAP YOUR PANTS IN 31 SECONDS
I was a little slow to get into this. Then I got into it big time and thought it was great. Then it turned into some type of super hero comic book. The intelligence and thought that went into creating the story got dropped by the way side. I got over half way through the book and called it quits.
What made things worse is I have a bad case of FOSB. Another reviewer came up with this term to describe the fear of Scott Brick. Ray Chase is not quite as bad as SB, but he is close. Everything he says should be written in capital letters. He screams most of the sentences. It is a good voice for announcing movies, but not reading a whole book. I think some narrators such as the two mentioned do not read the book ahead of time and feel that if they read every sentence dramatically it works, this way they can also read more books, since no prep time is necessary. They make more money or they are cheaper, I don't know which. Writers should take a bigger interest in production. Rarely will Stephen King let his books be butchered like this.
I think I would have liked this book if not for the reader. This constant....wistfulness? I don't know what to call it, and total lack of change of voice with character has got me whipped. I've had performances that bugged me but not enough to make me quit. It's too bad. Maybe it's not a big deal to some people but the performance is key for me. This is my first defeat.
"The future ?"
Interesting, compelling and wishful
Greg and how he uses his nanos
I'm afraid his voice was a bit dull and boring at first. But don't let it put you off the trilogy !
Yes, and the others straight after to see what happens.
A good trilogy that makes you wander if technology could be advanced to produce nanos ?
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