#Review: Computer Love Inc. II: Gestation – Kurt & Jessica Hansen
Having taken control of Computer Love Inc., Marius has many plans for it. A good many have embraced the thought of having companions in their lives. These robots are able to do just about anything, including keeping people company when they need it. Though things for the company have been rocky at best, he knows there’s a chance of bringing things around. He just has to find the proper balance in which to do so.
While conducting secret experiments to better enhance the companions, Marius has come to find that it’s possible to introduce the human psyche into a prototype. While some may find such thoughts and actions abhorring, he has no problem using himself as a guinea pig into order to perfect the new companions. Deep inside, he knows that what he’s doing is sort of taboo. Yet if he’s to succeed in finding a level ground in this new world he lives in, he needs to do everything possible to understand his environment.
As tensions rise, Marius soon realizes that he may be in way over his head. There are little things occurring around him that he can’t explain. Deep inside, he knows someone is keeping an eye him. Whoever it is, is afraid that he’ll unlock secrets within his companions he’s not supposed to. Unwilling to sit on the sidelines, he dives head-first into his current projects determined to make sense of the changes he’s put in place. Somehow, he will bring Computer Love Inc. to the plateau he wants it to be on. The question is, will he be able to weather the lessons his creations teach him along the way?
While I started this series with this second book, I do think it has promise. I found the story’s concept intriguing. Then again, I’m an avid science-fiction fan. Robots and cloning are subjects that have been around for ages. Kurt and Jessica take them a step further, and pose the questions of what it would be like to live with both already in existence. The little cliffhanger at the end of the book left me wanting to know what happens next. Will I be reading the next book? You bet!
After the sudden deaths of two previous Computer Love Inc. CEOs, Marius takes control of the company. Embracing the talents of his godson, John, and his best friend, Zak, he hires the boys to oversee the Companion Services Division.
Marius refines his breakthrough technology, the Brain Machine Download, and as a result, creates his double, M2, as the prototype. Together, they ignite the future of Computer Love Inc. by acquiring an elite team of scientists to expand the company’s technological boundaries. Meanwhile, Marius struggles with the government’s demands for a clandestine initiative – the Secret Service Companion.
Between the looming government presence and the overwhelming force behind his new team of inventors, can Marius survive the outcome of his own creations?
“So, Marius, I’m pleased, as I’m sure you must be, that the download between you and I went so well.”
The remark was sudden and bewildering.
“Yes, I am also pleased…” Marius paused. “What brings that up, M2? Is there something you feel we need to improve upon?”
“No, actually, I don’t think that at all. In fact, I think the process and aftermath have proven to be extremely fruitful, don’t you?”
“Well, yes… But then, what is it?”
“I just recalled an idea we had, that’s all,” M2 said.
“’We’ had an idea?”
“Well, as you know, to say that we think alike would be an understatement.” M2 paused and allowed Marius to have a laugh. “So obviously your knowledge of robotics resides not only within you, but within me as well. I know you’ve thought about it, the possibility to help the company pounce into the next generation. What if, say, we were to make a team of Companions, not unlike myself, created from experts in different fields? For example… We could use that famous technology instructor, the woman from Advance Propulsion Labs who’s won awards for all of those groundbreaking projects they’ve done recently, or even that metal-loving genius who combines materials recovered from asteroids with titanium and such. It would be a team of biorobotic and propulsion brilliance with unlimited potential!”
About The Authors:
Kurt and Jessica Hansen reside in northern New Jersey . Kurt has worked in the aerospace electronics industry for over three decades and enjoys the outdoors, writing, and composing music. Kurt is easily recognized with a guitar in his lap, a pencil in his mouth, and a piece of paper in front of him.
Jessica graduated from Montclair State University, summa cum laude, with a B.A. in English. Her favorite pastimes include reading, running and spending time with her family. She can usually be found with a book in one hand and a hazelnut coffee in the other.
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