DOMINANT LIFE FORM by Charles Marino
Approx. 51,960 words.
Published on March 15, 2009.
Eric Lorenz, ex-scientist, finds himself drawn into a hacker project. Run by an all but unseen eccentric old man, Lorenz deals more and more intimately with office robots instead of fellow humans, and working to constantly improve them. The skills of the small team he joins create results beyond their vision. Beyond their ability to know what will come of it in the race for Dominant Life Form.