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Chapter 1


Machine Intelligence


Matthew Jarpe


Published by Matthew Jarpe at Smashwords


Copyright 2010 Matthew Jarpe


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Prologue




Fiona Nidar felt her breath fragment into ragged gasps as panic set in. The Belter Emmit Krause held her feet down on the table as Captain Birnbaumer fastened the straps. The genetically modified Krause was far too strong to fight against, but fight she did. One leg slipped free and she pulled back to slam her heel into his solar plexus. She hit solid bone. His anatomy differed from human norm so much that the Pan Solar Alliance didn’t even legally classify him as human.

Krause’s elongated elfin face showed no emotion as he recaptured her foot and strapped it in. Fiona struggled more but it did her no good. She forced herself to climb down from blind panic. Her body wasn’t going to get her out of this. Time to channel that fear in a new direction. She still had one weapon available to her. She still had her voice. She concentrated on Krause.

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