Science fiction at its sense-of-wonder best. A wild chase through the billion worlds of the Tenth Millennium in search of a mythical weapon that could save civilization—or doom it!
A DROID AND HIS BOY, ON A SEARCH FOR A LEGENDARY WEAPON
Daslakh is an AI with a problem. Its favorite human, a young man named Zee, is in love with a woman who never existed—and he will scour the Solar System to find her. But in the Tenth Millennium, a billion worlds circle the Sun—everything from terraformed planets to artificial habitats, home to a quadrillion beings.
Daslakh’s nicely settled life gets more complicated when Zee helps a woman named Adya escape a gang of crooks. This gets the pair caught up in the hunt for the Godel Trigger, a legendary weapon left over from an ancient war between humans and machines—which could spell the end of civilization.
In their search, they face a criminal cat and her henchmen, a paranoid supermind with a giant laser, the greatest thief in history, and a woman who might actually be Zee’s lost love. It’s up to Daslakh to save civilization, keep Zee’s love life on the right track—and make sure that nobody discovers the real secret of the Godel Trigger.
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Praise for the work of James L. Cambias:
“Beautifully written, with a story that captures the imagination the way SF should.”—Booklist, starred review
“An engaging nail-biter that is exciting, fun and a satisfying read.”—The Qwillery
'“An impressive debut by a gifted writer.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“An exceptionally thoughtful, searching and intriguing debut.”—Kirkus, starred review
“James Cambias will be one of the century's major names in hard science fiction.”—Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award–winning author of Red Planet Blues
“Fast-paced, pure quill hard science fiction. . . . Cambias delivers adroit plot pivots that keep the suspense coming.”—Gregory Benford, Nebula Award-winning author of Timescape
James L. Cambias is a writer, game designer, and cofounder of Zygote Games. He has been nominated for the James Tiptree Jr. Award and the 2001 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He lives in western Massachusetts.
With this freewheeling story of an ancient, cunning artificial intelligence and its naïve human companion, Cambias (The Initiate) mashes humor, mystery, and looming apocalypse into a roundly satisfying space epic. In the Tenth Millennium, AI Daslakh's effort to help human Zee feel that life has purpose lands the duo amid a maelstrom of treasure hunters, among them a woman Zee erroneously believes to be his long-lost girlfriend, a disaffected young lady of wealth, the "Greatest Thief in History," and a cat with human intelligence. They're all on the trail of a legendary weapon rumored to be capable of destroying the quintillions of AIs on which civilization depends. It's a legend Daslakh has millennia of experience with, and its knowledge of the weapon's true nature is teased out through flashbacks to its past. Cambias positions eminently likable characters—particularly the cynical Daslakh, who is constantly frustrated in its role as Zee's guardian—on the edge of a very old abyss. With plenty of fun moments along the way, this raucous adventure through the solar system's distant future will appeal to any fan of lighter science fiction.