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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Science Fiction / General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:300
  • eBook ISBN:9789995742003

Semmant

by Vadim Babenko

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Overview
His universe has fallen apart, but, piece by piece, he puts it back together. He overcomes the deepest hurt he has ever experienced – the rejection of an ungrateful world. He embarks on a mission: to help humankind dream again – and achieves more than he hoped for. It seems that nothing is beyond his reach, until he breaks the immutable rule: never tamper with love!
Description
Winner of the 2015 National Indie Excellence Award for Science Fiction His universe has fallen apart, but, piece by piece, he puts it back together. He overcomes the deepest hurt he has ever experienced – the rejection of an ungrateful world. He embarks on a mission: to help humankind dream again – and achieves more than he hoped for. It seems that nothing is beyond his reach, until he breaks the immutable rule: never tamper with love! Bogdan Bogdanov, a brilliant but reclusive scientist, creates Semmant, a highly sophisticated AI program. Semmant takes on the capital markets and makes money with the ruthless efficiency of a machine. Bogdan grows richer by the day, but when he falls deeply in love, the artificial mind he has created faces a new challenge. Semmant becomes embroiled in a genuine human drama and is forced to confront the cruelty of real life. He discovers the joy of free will, but it takes him to a destination no one could have predicted. This is a tale of lust and passion – an erotically charged story of betrayal and murder. It explores the nature of the human spirit from a truly unique standpoint. What is more elusive, it asks, the ‘real’ or the ‘virtual’? In which realm are emotions bolder and feelings purer? And, when tragedy looms, can free will prevail?
About the author
Vadim Babenko left two “dream” jobs – cutting-edge scientist and high-flying entrepreneur – in order to pursue his lifelong goal to write full-time. Born in the Soviet Union, he earned master’s and doctoral degrees from the Moscow Institute of Physics & Technology, Russia’s equivalent to MIT. As a scientist at the Soviet Academy of Sciences he became a recognized leader in the area of artificial intelligence. Then he moved to the U.S. and co-founded a high-tech company just outside of Washington, D.C. The business soon skyrocketed, and the next ambitious goal, an IPO on the stock exchange, was realized. But at this peak of success, Vadim dropped everything to set out on the path of a writer and has never looked back. He moved to Europe and, during the next eight years, published five books, including two novels, THE BLACK PELICAN and A SIMPLE SOUL, which were nominated for Russia’s most prestigious literary awards. His third novel, SEMMANT, initially written in Russian and then translated with the author’s active participation, is published exclusively in English.
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