A collection of both caring and terrifying AI short stories that will please everyone’s appetite.
4.5 out of 5 stars
There are 6 tales of AI within this book, I have already read and reviewed those written by Nick Thacker — you can find them here: I, Sergeant and The Gray Picture of Dorian
The other stories were Windmills and White Whales, Isaac’s Son, Evolution, and In A Mirror Dimly
I really enjoyed this collection of short stories. After just finishing Calum Chace’s Pandora’s a Brain this really helped me keep the AI stories coming.
Windmills and White Whales was excellently written and I believe the longest short story in the collection. This story reminded me a lot of The Martian. It just had that badass space thriller feel to it. I would have definitely read this as a full novel. Great story, just needed to be longer to develop the characters better. As a short story, it worked though.
Isaac’s Son had a really unique vibe to it. I liked the author’s voice in this. This was by far the “happiest” story of the bunch. I would like to know what comes of Isaac and his “dad.”
Evolution – this one would have been better if it was maybe twice as long (or longer). The storyline just felt rushed. I would definitely like to understand this story better. The “why” was explained in a paragraph or so and just didn’t feel explained enough for me.
In A Mirror Dimly. Oof this one got me. Helping someone who was a “natural” born girl with issues and medical issues. But good lord. The ending snuck up on me and blew my mind.
All in all, this is a great set of short stories to wet your whistle into the AI world. Just a fascinating look into our near future.
I received a free copy of this book in return for my honest review.
Artificial intelligence has never been this real.
We think we know what it means to be alive, but what if the rules suddenly changed? Humanity has always been at the top of the intellectual food chain, but what if we woke up tomorrow to discover that was no longer the case?
Uncanny Divide features six tales that explore what it means to be truly alive and aware, and what happens when humanity is no longer the benchmark for intelligence.
Authors Nick Thacker, Kevin Tumlinson, and Will Flora bring you six stories that will make you wonder, make you smile, and make you worry about what’s coming next.
Nick is a writer, but you already knew that, so he won’t waste your time.
If he were to describe his work (which is exactly what he’s trying to do here), he would say it’s a mashup between Jurassic Park, National Treasure, The Da Vinci Code, all of James Rollins’ stuff, some of Clive Cussler’s stuff, a little of Michael Crichton’s stuff, with a side of adrenaline, testosterone, and the good parts of the Michael Bay movies (but only the GOOD PARTS).
His soon-to-be-written Wikipedia page says that he lives in a cabin on a mountain in Colorado with his wife and daughter, and enjoys being terrorized by the three dogs and tortoise that share his life and do nothing but eat food and cost him money.
He would love for you to hang out with him on Twitter or on his website, www.nickthacker.com.