Midway through the 21st century, a proposed major software upgrade - an artificial intelligence - will give the world communications system an unprecedented degree of independent decision-making. Now to fully assess the system, a new space-station habitat is deployed with an A I named Spartacus.
James P. Hogan was a science fiction writer in the grand tradition, combining informed and accurate speculation from the cutting edge of science and technology with suspenseful story-telling and living, breathing characters. Born in London in 1941, he worked as digital system engineer and sales executive for several major computer firms before turning to writing full-time in 1979. His first novel, "Inherit the Stars" was greeted by Isaac Asimov with the rave, "Pure science fiction . . . Arthur Clarke, move over!" and his subsequent work quickly consolidated his reputation as a major SF author. He wrote over thirty novels, non fiction works, and mixed collections, including the "New York Times" bestsellers "The Proteus Operation" and "Endgame Enigma" and the Prometheus Award Winning novels" Voyage from Yesteryear" and "The Multiplex Man." He was born in England and lived for twenty years in the USA, then moved to the west coast of Ireland, where he died in 2010.