Demon Seed
by Dean Koontz

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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