A sci-fi novel told by a self-conscious super-computer who is on trial for murder
and is pleading his case to his inventor and a panel of people who are deciding
whether to pull his plug. The computer explains why he wanted to inhabit a body
with all the human senses and how he went about it. He fell in love with a beautiful
woman who happened to live in his inventor’s house to which he had a telecommunication
link that gave him the access he needed. He planned to use one of her eggs and her
womb to create a body that he could download his consciousness into. All the murders
he committed (via a psychopath who had microwave receptors embedded in his brain) were
regrettable but necessary steps toward his goal. The story flows logically from the
premises and is told with humor.
The version I read is a 1997 revision of the original
1973 story that was made into a movie. It is expanded and brought up to date with
references to more current celebrities and technologies. It is the shortest and
least complicated and least scary Koontz book I have read so far.
Year Read: 2005
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