The Alpha Centauri Project (Thinking Worlds)

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Special contribution by Nikola Danaylov - "The Alpha Centauri Project" is a transhumanist novel about emerging technologies, set in a near future populated by humans and digital beings. Suspense and action, but also a fascinating travel into the impacts of Artificial Intelligence on our civilization, leaving us face to face with the morals of a world that one day we might share. Script available More
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Words: 45,550
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458170651
About Marco Santini

DOWNLOAD FOR FREE MARCO SANTINI'S EBOOKS

Now available "Dreaming Immortality", a novel of mine I am particularly fond of for the variety of the characters, the range of future issues and also because it was actually my first creation. It is entirely the original version, which in my opinion contributes greatly in its charm.

Also downloadable two more works derived from "Dreaming Immortality": "The Alpha Centauri Project" focusing on ethics and "Evolution: the future", a story of suspense and action that makes think. In these last works, some dates of future events were modified, notably the Technological Singularity was set twenty years earlier in 2047.

The novels - dealing with emerging technologies and space - are set in a near future populated by humans and digital beings. Their stories of suspense and action are a fascinating travel into the impacts of Artificial Intelligence on our civilization. From this, a powerful comparison with our civilization emerges, that stripping away layer after layer of conventions and prejudices, leaves us at last face to face with the morals of a world that one day we might share.

The novels are in several languages – English, French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese - and can be downloaded for free.
Script available.

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CONTRIBUTED IN THESE WORKS:
>> English edition "The Alpha Centauri Project, "Evolution: the Future" : "Know more" section Nikola Danaylov - Translation Marco Santini, Jane Burrett - Graphic project Lilia Morales y Mori

>> English edition "Dreaming Immortality" : "Know more" section Nikola Danaylov - Translation Marco Santini, Jane Burrett - Graphic project Frank D. Smith

>> Spanish edition "Proyecto Alfa Centauri", "Evolución: el futuro" : Preface José Luis Cordeiro - "Know more" section Nikola Danaylov - Graphic project, translation and video Lilia Morales y Mori - Soundtrack of the video by Francesco Zanellato

>> French edition "Le Projet Alpha Centauri", "Evolution: l’avenir" : Preface Vanderlei Martinianos - "Know more" section Nikola Danaylov - Translation Marie Michèle Hanine - Graphic project Lilia Morales y Mori

>> French edition "A la poursuite de l’Immortalité" : Preface by Diego Dalla Palma - "Know more" section Nikola Danaylov - Translation Marie Michèle Hanine - Graphic project by Frank D. Smith

>> Italian edition "Il Progetto Alfa Centauri", "Evoluzione: il futuro" : Preface by Marta Rossi - "Know more" section Nikola Danaylov - Graphic project and video Lilia Morales y Mori

>> Italian edition "Perseguendo l'Immortalità": Preface by Diego Dalla Palma - "Know more" section Nikola Danaylov - Graphic project by Frank D. Smith

>> Portuguese edition "Evolução: O futuro ": Preface Vanderlei Martinianos - "Know more" section Nikola Danaylov - Translation Lucas Geremias - Graphic project Lilia Morales y Mori

José Luis Cordeiro -- http://www.cordeiro.org/
Diego Dalla Palma - http://www.diegodallapalmastyle.it/ , http://www.sperling.it/autori/diego-dalla-palma/
Nikola Danaylov -- http://www.singularityweblog.com/
Marta Rossi, iLabs -- http://www.ilabs.it/HomeIT.asp
Lilia Morales y Mori -- http://poesiafracesptiempo.blogspot.mx/
Lucas Geremias - http://www.lucasgeremias.com/
Frank D.Smith -- http://www.underbrain.org/
Francesco Zanellato -- http://francescozanellato.jamendo.net/

Thanks to Isabel Mendonça Alves.

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THEY SAID:

"Just finished reading "The Alpha Centauri Project" a couple days ago. I really enjoyed it. The brief "chapters" were a very interesting method for structuring. I also appreciated the recollections of the historian punctuating the story. At times, I wondered if you had initially written this as a screenplay and later adapted it into a novel. Oh, and the ending is fantastic! I'm going to give the story a second read, to ensure I absorbed everything and then would be interested in using FB to discuss. "

"Just finished... my goodness, what a beautiful mind you have! In addition to stimulating my own creativity, the first thoughts I had after reading this is how gorgeous it would be in an animated or motion picture format. Have you received any screenplay offers?"

"Even uncommon visualization is an extreme sport. It requires daring, controlled thought, and the ability to overcome barriers within the mind, imposed by current societal norms. You are a sportsman of this genre, without doubt."

"I just finished reading your captivating ebook and felt compelled to drop you a quick note to thank you and to let you know how much I enjoyed reading it. Your style is both fresh and captivating. The characters are believable and quite identifiable in their roles. I almost hated to finish reading it. Looking forward to more from you as our most uncertain future unfolds and AI one day, becomes self aware."

"Hi Marco, I think Alpha Centauri Project could definitely be adapted for a film. The characters are strong and likeable for sci fi."

"Un aporte extraordinario a la literatura de ciencia ficción, una impresionante visión del futuro para todos tus lectores y un invaluable estímulo para los investigadores y científicos de todo el mundo."

"He leído nuevamente la novela. Los textos la hacen muy dinámica y te atrapan de inmediato de principio a fin. Espero que un día sea llevada al cine."

"Mil felicidades por la fascinante psicología que le has otorgado a tus personajes Eve y Victoria, en tu novela The Alpha Centauri Project."

"Un livre de Marco Santini à lire absolument :) Votre Roman est passionnant , Marco , et vous êtes un grand écrivain de science fiction , aussi je désire que mes amis partagent votre vision ! "

"Merci. Sans vous, je n'aurai peut être pas lu le livre , j'adore!! Merci Marco Santini pour cette œuvre passionnante."

"Oh! non , c'est moi qui te remercie d'avoir autant de talent ,et je suis une lectrice exigeante ,mais là, je suis totalement sous le choc , j'aimerai lire la suite ..."

"Ho letto il tuo romanzo "Progetto Alfa Centauri" e devo dire di esserne rimasto affascinato: il tuo stile visionario e al tempo stesso raffinato mi ha "trasportato" in un lontano futuro, a contemplare la civiltà umana durante la sua ennesima "trasformazione" ed "espansione", in simbiosi con il "mondo" degli Esseri digitali. Nel tuo lavoro c'è tutto: cyberpunk, space opera e fantapolitica. E' un romanzo di SF davvero completo, scritto con dovizia di particolari ma al tempo stesso scorrevole. In poche parole, mi è piaciuto molto. Sei davvero in gamba."

"Fantastico! Stupendo! Da leggere tutto d'un fiato!!! Il miglior racconto di fantascienza che abbia letto da parecchio tempo... Una nuova frontiera dell'immaginazione!"

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CONSIDERATIONS

According to future studies, the world will be dominated soon by disruptive technologies, able to plunge Mankind into an era of accelerated progress. Main outcomes will be the achievement of immortality, the creation of smarter than human Artificial Intelligence and the spread of the new species through the universe.
The passionate scenarios described in these novels make the reader share the soul of a civilization. Social issues as well as dreams and projects of the digital people are key drivers of the story.

24th century. Humans live on Earth and the Moon, last strongholds of their past power. Mars and the Net are inhabited by artificial intelligences and souls, these last obtained by digitizing the brain after death. The virtual reality allows the two races to communicate. Their differences are deep, their interests incompatible.
With digitization, humans have postponed real death to an indeterminate future, but they are not happy. Towards the virtual beings they feel admiration but also envy and inferiority.
The digital creatures instead cannot bear being relegated in worlds too small for their unbounded ambitions. Their Martian experience has allowed them to develop the competence necessary in extra-terrestrial environments, most of all to acquire the self-confidence indispensable for the colonization of other star systems.
The Alpha Centauri project obtains the humans’ support, in exchange for the waiver of any expansion on the Earth. Just before departure, Earth Security intercepts a suspect message from the Space Agency. Terrorism? The evidence leads to the Elects, a sect that entered Net fifty years before through a collective suicide...

Eve and Victoria, the main characters, are “souls”, digital beings whose brain was digitized after death. They move in a context of epoch making events, becoming more and more involved and finally merging their destiny with that of the digital people.

A script is also available. The last editions of the ebooks can be downloaded from the Author's website.
Copyright Marco Santini

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Marco Santini graduated in Engineering and specialized in Business Administration. Deeply interested in high-tech trends, he has written “Evolution: the future” and “The Alpha Centauri Project”, novels depicting a near future dominated by technology. He has made the ebooks free and downloadable in several languages, in order to share their content with the widest audience and to contribute to discussion about great themes.

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The Alpha Centauri Project - video English
Suspense and action, but also a fascinating travel into the impacts of Artificial Intelligence on our civilization. From this, a powerful comparison with our current beliefs emerges, that stripping away layer after layer of conventions and prejudices, leaves us at last face to face with the morals of a world that one day we might share.

Marco Santini on Singularity 1 on 1: There Is A Lot Of Space For Rational Optimism
“There are big problems, but there are also big challenges. Singularity University is achieving fantastic goals. This means that the potentiality of human being is enormous, it is unimaginable for most of the people. But if we put together the right message with the rationality and the right organization, I believe that almost any objective we can imagine and we cannot imagine, can be reached.”

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Reviews

Review by: Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli on Feb. 12, 2013 :
Is “thinking” life better than the real one?

I was not happy in my impact with cyberpunk. It happened a couple of years ago when I read for the first time a book by William Gibson (“Virtual light”). What then had me puzzled, however, was not the topic itself but how cumbersome it was presented within the book.
Fortunately, even though I decided to put aside reading other books by Gibson, I did not do the same with this sub-genre of science fiction, whose premises fascinate me. The chance to exist, to have self-awareness, to live a “thinking” life as a digital creature within a virtual reality is something that is not easy to conceive, but it contains within itself implications of great interest.
If our consciousness is nothing but the result of chemical reactions and electricity, from this conceptual point of view imagining a digital consciousness does not appear absurd. And within this novel Marco Santini tries to outline a future scenario in which this practice is the norm so much to make this virtual people almost a threat to the real one, limited by their body. The beauty of digital is the fact of being limitless. You can create virtual worlds where to live, but at the same time you can download your own consciousness into androids who live in the real world, moreover you can exist forever and travel through space without worrying about the distances, because time is not an enemy. This absence of limits allows the author, with great imagination, to create an intricate and compelling story. To tell you the truth inside of this book there is material for much more than just a novel. Santini could have made a trilogy or even a series of novels, allowing the reader to enjoy longer and at the same time to further investigate a topic which is not always easy to understand.
In any case the result is more than good. It is an enjoyable read, with controversial aspects, but they offer many insights. And all this at no cost, as the ebook version is even free. Also in this version the author also takes full advantage of the potential of digital by periodically updating the text. If you want to imagine a distant future that is completely different from the present in which we live, “The Alpha Centauri project” can give you what you look for.
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Review by: Carilda Thomas on Feb. 26, 2011 :
The characters are underdeveloped but that is in keeping with the whole flavor of the book, as if it had been written by one of its own machine intelligences. Somewhat strange but once I got into it, I liked it.
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Review by: Calboy on Feb. 17, 2011 :
This was pretty good. A bit dense in some areas, but the premise worked for me.
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Review by: Luther Giordano Nancy Edgington on Dec. 30, 2010 :
This book is bubbling over with ideas and lush descriptions. However, the characters feel like puppets. The plot development suffers badly from the abrupt introduction of heavy explanations of the history and technology leading to the story.
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