Still Light

Canto 1: Exposition
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Series: Still Light. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 60,880. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
This is the beginning. Still Light is a tale that spans centuries, beginning in 2020 and ending in 2507. This volume covers the first thirty years, as transhumanity becomes dominant, the first AI are born, and the first posthuman is created. It is the story of Mia, Feng, and Zhukov, the developer, genius, and soldier, as they rise through the ranks of Abraxas, the hidden rulers of the world.
Naissance (2020)
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Series: Still Light, Canto I, Act 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,510. Language: British English. Published: September 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A short story of the day everything changed. A secret group called Abraxas has gathered the best of the world's talent on a remote island to create the foundation for the future, and it all hangs on the outcome of a single game. This is that day, and an intimation of things to come as Still Light extends into the 26st century. Also, Go-playing robots, secret organisations, and a giant mushroom
The Coming Storm (2025)
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Series: Still Light, Canto I, Act 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,170. Language: British English. Published: September 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
History is the froth on the ocean, a series of small events telling of the movements in the depths below and skies above. This is the story of one such historical moment, in which a presentation is made, and a new technology unveiled to the world. These tactical computers will become the birth of true AI, as well as a world radically different from the one that preceded it, and it begins at this m
The Atrocity Exhibition (2026-2030)
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Series: Still Light, Canto I, Act 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,540. Language: British English. Published: September 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A year ago, the world was introduced to a weapon that perfected the abilities of the mind in communion with it. This is the tale of the atrocities that tore the world apart, and the hidden events that revealed them as the birth of the world’s first true artificial intelligence. Also, a virtual world like no other, a new generation of terrorists, two men watching a bird, and a moment of true peace.
Anagnorisis (2035)
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Series: Still Light, Canto I, Act 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,020. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
All hearts must break, and so know new life. There comes a time when each person must grasp or reject their fate. This is that time for three very different people, tied by the bonds of time and power, face a decision. Something of each dies, and something new is born. Also, a millennia-long fight using ecosystems as weapons, serial killing for a higher cause and beans excreted by cats.
Peripeteia (2041-2)
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Series: Still Light, Canto I, Act 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,750. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
After revelation, there must be action, a new ending sealed and a new beginning forged. Feng, renowned humanitarian and murderer, is tired. After long decades, he has one last, great act of creation in him. This is the story of a genius’ greatest creation; of the first posthuman, and first true AI. Also, a glamorous party, the real meaning of jihad, and someone riding an elephant in a palanquin.
Sympatico (2048-9)
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Series: Still Light, Canto I, Act 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,320. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Even posthumans need a childhood. Zǔ is now 6, and will receive three great gifts. Each of these gifts will define a future spanning huindreds of years and billions of lives, and it all begins here. More importantly, this is the tale of a unique and lonely being finding their first true friend. Also, a completely new way of communicating, the rise of of true AI, and a friendly lady made of forests
Rites Of Passage (2055)
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Series: Still Light, Canto II, Act 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,330. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Our rites of passage define us, even for a posthuman like Zǔ. Now 13, he is to be released into the wider world for the first time, and undergo experiences that will scar him, and shape humanity’s destiny. This is the tale of how he came out of the shadows, and into the light. Also, flying robots, angelic visitation, virtual worlds, a bejewelled dragon, and a girl falling out of a tree.
Tomorrow, Today, Yesterday (2060)
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Series: Still Light, Canto II, Act 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,220. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Today is the graduation of a class unmatched in history, made up of augmented trans and post humans. Amongst their utopian dreams, one child sees the darkness looming above them all. Also, a floating city, living drones, an inscription on a park bench, and squid.
Gone, But Not Forgotten (2065)
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Series: Still Light, Canto II, Act 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,360. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
The time of homo sapiens sapiens is ending. The first two posthumans begin to change the future today. One, technological and augmented in war and knowledge, builds a new political order. The other, biological and esoteric, swims below the oceans, and speaks to other minds, building towards the most culturally influential discovery in human history. Today, they speak once more...