Abandoned by his parents, imprisoned by machines, Rex fights to understand why. With an expansive library and tools offered to ease his otherwise maddening solitude, he labors to invent his salvation. In a desperate gamble, he'll either peer into the past or tear his world apart. Either way, the Perfect Telescope will secure his freedom.
Imagine a future where you can commission your own town, friends, partners, everything. Humanity's last invention, the perfect servant, makes all dreams possible. It also makes human interaction detestable. Who wants to put up with selfish, squabbling people when you can commission the perfect town on any of a million worlds? In this setting Rex of Ninety-First Earth is raised. When he discovers the truth, he takes on a crusade to reunite humanity with itself.
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Nightmares and wet dreams; a beguiling phantom visits a young couple, but for what purpose? In their dream home, with their newborn child, Bradford and Lisa struggle to keep love alive in a relationship where passion died. And where passion dies among the living, poisoned passion feeds the dead.
How do you learn to love? Unfamiliar with human interaction, Rex asks himself the same question. How will he compete for Sara's heart when she already has her perfect companion? Built to her specifications, designed with one purpose in mind, Rex finds himself outgunned but undaunted by the challenge. To reach his goal, he turns to his technical prowess. His solution will violate laws and pervert machine-kind's methods. To win her from a perfect roommate, he'll embrace his imperfections and offer the human trump card...spontaneity, humor, and the awe of true love.
A lifetime ago, Richard was alone and adrift. It took his own suicide and a battle for his afterlife to turn things around. When he decided to haunt his own home he learned things worked differently in the phantom world and found himself hauled into court. Ghost Court.
After Rex's victory in The Perfect Telescope, he begins the daunting task of winning others over to his cause. Amidst his crusade he finds love, grows up, and sheds the final lie of his childhood.