Sci Fi: “Central Station” by Lavie Tidhar; “The Clockwork Dynasty” by Daniel H. Wilson; “The Long Earth” by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter.

Lavie Tidhar: “Central Station” (c) 2016.

Futuristic stories of life on Earth, of  everyday life: of family, faith, love, romance, mysteries, horrors.
At the heart of each story is the merging of genetic & digital codes.

Central Station is a Spaceport on Earth, between Israeli Tel Aviv and Arab Jaffa. It is a point of departure between Earth and Moon, Mars, the Asteroid Belt, and deep space.

The central character who is the link to all the other characters is Boris Aharon Chong. His ethnic background is Slavic & Chinese & Jewish, three ancient histories. He is a doctor, and a specialist in “Progeny Design”.

The people who live at the base of the station are from many different countries and cultures : Palestinians, Israeli, China, Philippines, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, Thailand….

Digital nodes or components are implanted in the brain after birth. The result is The Conversation: endless conversations between people on Earth, between the planets, and distant worlds, news, street scenes, people – their emotions, conversation, events.
The merging of human and digital codes allows people to enter powerful gamesworlds  and virtual travel into deep space.

The novel is also a story of evolution:
“Progeny Design” refers to children born with genes engineered from genomes and digital codes.

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Daniel H. Wilson: “The Clockwork Dynasty” (c) 2017.

A sci fi thriller about robots:   “Avtomata” or automatons are human-like robots, their origins are buried in ancient history.  The story unfolds through chapters that alternate between the present and the past.

June Stefanov is the narrator of the present. She is from Oregon, and is a researcher of automatons from the past.

June’s Russian grandfather tells her of the time an “angel of vengeance” saved his life at the Battle of Stalingrad in WWII. He leaves June with a metal artifact, with fractal patterns, a relic from centuries past.

June’s research uncovers present-day avtomata, and a power struggle, for survival between two factions of the avtomata. The metal artifact in June’s possession is key to the avtomata’s survival, and   she becomes embroiled in the power struggles and search to find the Master to whom the ancient relic belongs.

The narrator of the history of the avtomata is the automaton Peter. He has been coded to stand for “truth and justice and honor”.
Over the centuries, the avtomata have learned to change the materials of which their bodies are made. But their anima is like the soul. The anima is protected in its heart (vessel) in the body, and it is vital for survival: it is the mind, memories, self, power of an individual avtomat.

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Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter: “The Long Earth” (c) 2012.

“The Long Earth” is the first novel in a collaborative science fiction series by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter.

It is a richly imaginative SF story of adventure, exploration and challenges: a series of Earths exist in the same space and time as “Datum” Earth. People can walk sideways into these Earths, using the Stepper device.

Joshua Valienté discovers he is a natural Stepper. He steps farther and farther into the Long World. He sets off on a journey  with the AI Lobsang,  in the airship “Mark Twain” across many of these Earths. And they come across other humans who have Stepped before them.

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