Running - The Alien in the Mirror

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Running - The Alien in the Mirror can be considered the prequel to the military scifi Iron Series but might also be the prequel to other science fiction thriller series.

Ishmael Bodd 'wakes up' for the first time, a billion years in the future. He is a Citizen of Supercity, a city with no crime. But he suddenly feels compelled to commit a crime and goes on the run. He can never stop running. More
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About Lazlo Ferran

Lazlo Ferran: Exploring the Landscapes of Truth.

Educated near Oxford, during English author Lazlo Ferran’s extraordinary life, he has been an aeronautical engineering student, dispatch rider, graphic designer, full-time busker, guitarist and singer, recording two albums. Having grown up in rural Buckinghamshire Lazlo says:

“The beautiful Chiltern Hills offered the ideal playground for a child’s mind, in contrast to the ultra-strict education system of Bucks.”

Brought up as a Buddhist, he has travelled widely, surviving a student uprising in Athens and living for a while in Cairo, just after Sadat’s assassination. Later, he spent some time in Central Asia and was only a few blocks away from gunfire during an attempt to storm the government buildings of Bishkek in 2006. He has a keen interest in theologies and philosophies of the Far East, Middle East, Asia and Eastern Europe.

After a long and successful career within the science industry, Lazlo Ferran left to concentrate on writing, to continue exploring the landscapes of truth.

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Review by: pjdmd on March 07, 2015 :
What came 1st on Earth: The Android or the egg?

The author, in his typical skeptic ways, questions a common assumption that a futuristic society can be a true Utopia; with full realization of the Society as a whole, as well as the Individual.

Enter stage left: the remaining humans in the galaxy; barely scratching out an existence in an underground wasteland, controlled by their Android masters. Mr. Ferran now validates one of the many fears of Artificial Intelligence: while they proudly say they are following Asimov's 3 Laws of Robotics, they in fact have manipulated them to serve the A.I.'s needs, in essence, completely invalidating them. Therefore, now enter stage right: A.I. Politicians.

In a novel application of Orwell's vision, individual androids have been indoctrinated into believing they are more human than humans. So, why is this 'perfect' society not fully Advanced Artificial Intelligence robots, and instead try to have a significant, and actually dominant human component? These conflicting ideas begin to create glitches in their programming. The "Runner" is now the literary vehicle to explore why the conflict is there in the first place, expose the censored dysfunction, and search for how harmony might be found…as well as which of the two beings came first.

Lastly, Center Stage: with the aid of the conflicted Android, as well as a non-A.I. spunky robot, the humans are now poised to fight for their freedom and the future of humanity. Problem is, humans die a lot easier than machines do.
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