Wheelers Books

Waking the Machine: Behold, the King of the Machines

Waking the Machine: Behold, the King of the Machines
 

Half way through the second millennium the Great Energy War ends and the Common Era is abandoned. The catalyst is an 80-megaton hydrogen bomb - surreally named the Big Omega Bomb (BOB) - which self-detonates and destroys most of the eastern coast of the United States. Countless A... read full description below.

Usually ships 6-12 working days – Title is in stock with supplier internationally

Quick Reference

ISBN 9781517441807
Published 20 September 2015 by Createspace
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Hudson, Jack Douglas
Illustrated by Hudson, Robbie Wallace
Availability Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days

... view full title details below.

Buy Now

  • $24.50 Wheelers price
Add to Basket Add to Wishlist

Full details for this title

ISBN-13 9781517441807
ISBN-10 1517441803
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Createspace
Imprint Createspace
Publication Date 20 September 2015
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Hudson, Jack Douglas
Illustrated by Hudson, Robbie Wallace
Category Adventure / Thriller
Science Fiction
Number of Pages 178
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 10mm
Weight 268g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Science Fiction & Fantasy
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Half way through the second millennium the Great Energy War ends and the Common Era is abandoned. The catalyst is an 80-megaton hydrogen bomb - surreally named the Big Omega Bomb (BOB) - which self-detonates and destroys most of the eastern coast of the United States. Countless American citizens are killed by the acute effects of the blast and from high doses of weaponised radiation. However almost one million 'specials' are saved and escape to orbit the earth in colossal arks, waiting in limbo while their nation withers. The largest of these ships is Lazarus, upon which the president and highest ranking officials reside. It is the first ship to return to earth after the quarantine period, crash-landing amongst the ruined buildings of Washington's Watergate Complex and ushering in the first hour of the Lazarus Era. In the years that follow a vengeful, paranoid America loans money from its allies and builds the Citadel: a city stronghold surrounding the remains of Lazarus. Soon they rejoin the Western Alliance (North America, Europe, Canada, Africa, India and Australia), and, in attempt to regain their national standing, become embroiled in the Second Great Energy War. Their opponents are, once again, the Asiatic Forces (Pakistan, Russia, China, Japan, Vietnam and Indonesia). Only this time it's not just a struggle for diminished stores of fossil fuels. Instead the president is convinced that the Asiatic Forces are not only withholding Intel about the Omega Event, but are also protecting those responsible. After several small-scale attacks on the Citadel they're convinced that BOB was detonated by an amorphous terrorist fraternity the president calls the Unseen. Enraged, he and his cronies plan an invasion of Indonesia, where they believe the Unseen are hiding. Suddenly it seems as though world war is inevitable and technology is going to ignite the fires that will consume humankind. However, in the midst of this turbulent maelstrom, hope is renewed in the form of a young Chinese roboticist and pioneer of neo-sentience: Richard Chew. He has created a humanoid robot of such astounding cognitive ability and complexity that it is heralded as the first free-thinking machine. Its name is Siegfried. Enticed by the prospects of this new creation, the Citadel extends its hand to Richard in an attempt to pluck him from their enemy. It works. Richard accepts an offer that will not only change his life, but also the lives of the androids he's making. And so, as international tension mounts, Richard travels to the Citadel and joins robo-neurologist and scholar Ilja Larsson. Together they create 11 advanced, Olympus-series androids. Then, in a bid to escape the vitriolic political climate, they take these androids to an academy in the Scottish highlands and start using human counterparts to train them. Everything seems to be going well. A symbiotic relationship develops between man and machine. They read, explore and talk about space and earth and everything in between. But then their creditors begin to visit them more frequently and the Western military bears down on their program, dragging them into the Second Energy War. Soon Richard must fight to preserve his integrity, whilst also protecting his androids from the encircling flames of war. But he is not the only one being forced to make a life-altering decision. By now Siegfried and its comrades have learned enough about humans to know that their independence is at stake. And the time for defiance has arrived...

^ top

Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

There are no reviews for this title.

^ top

Author's Bio

Jack Hudson is a Newcastle-based English graduate and author of four novels. His debut, 'The Elephants' Graveyard', was voted one of the top five dystopian novels by Juke Pop Serials and featured in the Santa Clara County Library. As an Itcher movie critic Jack Hudson's reviews have been credited by directors like Judd Apatow, Rob Epstein and many more. Working as a copywriter for ROXOA Group he runs a variety of blogs and features, specialising in style and high end fashion (mostly wearable art). His prior freelance work also saw him writing about everything from UK Immigration Law to animal welfare. He writes under the self-made publishing house Real Eden Books, which he calls 'an antidote to the modern maze of vanity publishers and automated emailers'. It was designed by Jack and his brothers, Robbie and Calum, based on the principles of honesty and simplicity. The name is derived from Dr Birute's theory that the real gardens of Eden were the jungles inhabited by our ape progenitors.

^ top