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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday - The Kraken Project by Douglas Preston

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

The Kraken Project by Douglas Preston
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: May 13th 2014 by Forge Books

NASA is building a probe to be splashed down in the Kraken Mare, the largest sea on Saturn’s great moon, Titan. It is one of the most promising habitats for extraterrestrial life in the solar system, but the surface is unpredictable and dangerous, requiring the probe to contain artificial intelligence software. To this end, Melissa Shepherd, a brilliant programmer, has developed "Dorothy," a powerful, self-modifying AI whose true potential is both revolutionary and terrifying. When miscalculations lead to a catastrophe during testing, Dorothy flees into the internet.

Former CIA agent Wyman Ford is tapped to help Melissa Shepherd track down the rogue AI. As Ford and Shepherd search for Dorothy, they realize that her horrific experiences in the wasteland of the Internet have changed her in ways they can barely imagine. And they’re not the only ones looking for the wayward software: the AI is also being pursued by a pair of Wall Street traders, who want to capture her code and turn her into a high-speed trading bot.Traumatized, angry, and relentlessly hunted, Dorothy has an extraordinary revelation—and devises a plan. As the pursuit of Dorothy converges on a deserted house on the coast of Northern California, Ford must face the ultimate question: is rescuing Dorothy the right thing? Is the AI bent on saving the world… or on wiping out the cancer that is humankind?

Wyman Ford, hero of Tyrannosaur Canyon, Blasphemy, and Impact, is back! He's a very different hero from Aloysius Pendergast, and his adventures are more science/technology inspired, but they're all great reads.

7 comments:

  1. Are they releasing any kraken in it? No? What a disappointment :)

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  2. I have read most of his work, but I admit I always found Child's solo work to be better. Here is hoping he doesn't name drop another one of their books in the text somewhere, always hated that.

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    1. I haven't read any of Child's solo work yet, but I do have The Third Gate cued up for a read.

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  3. Ooo, this sounds great! I haven't heard of it before, but color me intrigued!

    Stop by my WoW

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  4. Nice pick! I haven't tried the series, but I did enjoy quite a lot a book by Douglas Preston before :)

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  5. Agree with Nathan - and they do better work together. But of course, I have to read it!

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    1. Agreed, their co-authored books are always better for the two voices, but the last I hear we won't see more Pendergast until Oct/Nov.

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