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Still Light: The First Ten Stories

Narrated by: Chirag Patel
Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
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Still Light is an episodic tale that spans centuries, beginning in 2020 and ending in 2507. Each story is set five years apart, with the idea of steadily and carefully tracing the evolution of technological, social, and political structures that arise as humanity develops.  

This volume covers the first 50 years, as transhumanity becomes dominant, the first AI are born, and the first posthuman is created. It is the story of Mia, Feng, and Zhukov, the developer, genius, and soldier, as they rise through the ranks of Abraxas, the hidden rulers of the world. As they do, they create the first true AI and posthuman, as well as new political structures. From there, it charts the life of Zǔ, the posthuman born of their actions.

©2018 Chirag Patel (P)2018 Chirag Patel

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  • TU
  • 02-13-19

A little slow feeling but good

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

So, this book is a bit difficult to decide on a rating for. I find myself still thinking about the story, and the characters in it, as I write this review. I imagine I will think about this book for a while. I won't rewrite the synopsis, you can read the publisher's summary for that. I found the premise to be an incredibly interesting look at the impact of true ariticial intelligence. Most people know the eternal depate in the real world when it comes to AI. I thought the author (who is also the narrator, but I'll get to that in a minute) really does a great job of examining both sides of the argument and painting the picture of a possible outcome. He is detailed and descriptive in his world building and the characters have real depth. The reason I find it difficult to decide on a rating is because it moves very fast, in terms of time, but feels very plodding due to the style of narration the author does. It was better when I bumped the speed up to 1.25x... Anyway, the fact that it provoked as much thought in me is pretty good credit, in my book.

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A creative story

This is an interesting read with a well crafted group of stories and a wide variety of characters.

Through the magic of Audio the Narrator takes you to a different World with alternative realities that will entertain most listeners.




This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review

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  • Simon Gibson
  • 01-25-19

Humanities Future Begins

This is the start of an ambitious narrative, to plot, in five year increments, the decline of humankind and the rise of AI entities. An all powerful force experiments on humans until it develops the human/AI cross and finally AI entity. Meanwhile society is decaying from environmental catastrophe. There is much to absorb in this book and it leaves the listener uneasy about our own future possibilities. A great foundation has been written and well narrated, leaving me wanting more.