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Smartbrain (Penchant Series) (Volume 1)

Smith, G. F.

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ISBN 10: 0983361231 / ISBN 13: 9780983361237
Editorial: Gfsmith Books, 2015
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Título: Smartbrain (Penchant Series) (Volume 1)

Editorial: Gfsmith Books

Año de publicación: 2015

Condición del libro:Very Good

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A 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards “Finalist” ~ Science fiction


-an eerily predictive, 2-part Novel

Part 1: Mind Sarah Whiting, young, attractive, tech-savvy homebody, accepts a potentially lucrative offer to join a product/market analysis team that is performing the final evaluation of the believed technological breakthrough of the century before its release to the public. As the incredible opportunity unfolds, Sarah finds herself smitten with the technology, as well as with the project’s lead engineer. Even with the contrast of taking care of her Alzheimer’s-ridden father, it all seems like a dream-come-true for Sarah. That is, until she abruptly learns that she may now be unwittingly mired in a dangerous ruse of international deception, and that the man she’s fallen for, as well as this new, highly transformative technology may originate from somewhere else, other than Earth.

Part 2: Matter Sarah’s world is further thrown into chaos and confusion when she wakes up with little memory of her recent past and is told that she is a victim of severe brain injury brought on by the very technology she had been working with. Sarah is lost in the revelation, loath to accept the reality being told her, and soon falls into a downward spiral fueled by a husband she doesn’t remember, along with the abysmal fear that she may actually be losing her mind. What Sarah doesn’t realize is that as she fights to gain a hold on what is real, others are in the process of risking their lives in a desperate attempt to free her from her perceptual prison. Filled with guilt, the very man who blames himself for Sarah’s cerebral incarceration begins to work with a group of highly trained professionals who might just be Sarah’s only hope of ever returning to her real life.

Tags: Smartphone/Brain Computer Interface, Consumer, Technology, Virtual Worlds, Artificial Telepathy, Neural Streaming, Auxiliary Senses, Brain Hacking, Ruse, Alzheimer’s Disease, Mind Control, Identity, Artificially-Viable Transhuman Realities, Avatars, Human Trafficking, Moon, Space, Streamplaces, Dreams, Purpose, Romance, Adventure, Environment

A 2-part Novel in one Volume

2nd Edition

Printed pgs. - 506

Smartbrain Universe
-and the Penchant Series

Smartbrain, a two-part novel and the first in the Penchant Series, introduces the Reader to a burgeoning, future universe where new, uber-immersive consumer technology creates the potential for worlds of augmented realism that exceeds ordinary, high-definition reality by inestimable measures.

Is technology truly leading us to a better world?

Will innovation and technology ultimately save our environment from self-induced catastrophe?

Are we, because of technology, losing an important part of our humanity?

Will this new universe of technology be just another contributor to the separation of the classes?

Would technology like this help balance, or destroy world economics?

Will we become so dependent on technology that we can no longer survive in the natural world?

To what degree, or limit, can technology and biology combine?

Can, or will, AI—artificial intelligence—actually supersede human intelligence?

Will technology truly help us reach out and colonize the heavens?

Will technology enable us to learn that we are not alone in the universe, or ultimately to find out that we are?

Technology has already defined an entire new epoch in Earth’s history; will this be the final one? Moreover, if not, what could possibly come next?


"Five Stars"
One of the many joys of reading authors not previously encountered is the discovery of not just a technical wizard with words (though the gift of storytelling, ancient though it may be, is one that this author has mastered), but a mind that probes the influence of contemporary technology on those sacred areas of philosophy and spirituality and molds the present and past and future in to a cohesive and critically important way - a way that stimulates us to take the thoughts within a book and incorporate them into our own imagination and exploration of the universe and where we are in it.

Such a wonder man is GF Smith and he has made the following statement about his passionate approach to writing: 'Through my characters and story lines, I seek to emulate the substance of what I believe are the deep-seated curiosities and concerns of everyday people. We found ourselves here, bent and shaped by our history. We live in the indefinable NOW, increasingly under pressure to balance our history with our hopes and dreams, while apparently facing our own certainly inexorable and inescapable future demise. Wondering--often with much fear and frustration--do I hold any significance, at all?'

And so he opens the gates of SMARTBRAIN, a very long yet completely compelling and absorbing novel in two parts - Mind and Matter and the result is not only a very fine and involving fiction but also a constant stimulus to make us pause and consider the effect of the 'conveniences of contemporary technology ' with the very possible variations of the influence these devices and new thoughts have on our existence - now, and in the future (if indeed there is a future). He invites us to think and oh how desperately we need literature of this nature. GF Smith is a very special author - and human being. Read him and grow. ~Grady Harp  Amazon HALL OF FAME - TOP 100 REVIEWER - VINE VOICE

"Three Stars"
What if Your Brain-Computer Interface Was Hacked?

"Smartbrain" is divided into two parts. Part 1: gives a scenario that seems plausible. How such a device might be created. How training might run. Discussions of what social problems could occur when the technology is released. (Which I found interesting because one of my pet theories is that the future of man will unfortunately be much more "Bladerunner" than"Star Trek".)...

...Overall, "Smartbrain" is better than OK. It is intelligently written, especially Part 1, there are some interesting subtexts, such as Sarah's father,who starts out as a bit part and then becomes interesting. I give it 3.4 starsrounded down to 3. ~Happy Reader  Amazon TOP 500 REVIEWER - VINE VOICE

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