Engineer Colton Smythe, an agent of New Britannia's Cabinet of Intellectual Curiosities, is on a hunt for the man he believes is responsible for his mother's death. When the COIC orders him to team with French Bureau de L'Industrie agent Dominique Fontaine to infiltrate a metal foundry in northwestern France, he must choose between completing the mission or fulfilling a personal vendetta.
This book is about artificial life phenomenon. A single point is used to represent and to simulate an “alive” individual virtual animal. The point changes its location and traces its movements on the computer screen. We have grid of cells (pixels on the monitor) which are visited by the point. The observer recognizes such behavior as some aspects of life.
Violet Whitcomb, an inventor's daughter, joins forces with mysterious gunslinger Logan McCoy and a quirky automaton to rescue her father from the clutches of an evil overlord known as the Iron Scorpion.
Odys (no, not short for Odysseus, thank you) finds his hermetic lifestyle falling apart after a stranger commits suicide to free his soul-attached Automaton slave. The humanoid Automaton uses Odys’s soul to “reactivate” herself.