***** Challenging possibilities Review by Rox Burkey
John Posner interlaces genetic engineering and artificial intelligence advancements four hundred years in the future to allow humans incredible choices. In 2435, parents can genetically engineer their children and then decide to continue living in a digital eternity as a Mindar.
The exceptional dystopian world-building highlights the similar social and family interactions of people relatable to the individual’s needs today. The places, activities, and people painted in the reader’s mind are vibrant, like a park, baseball field, classrooms, restaurants, or bike riding.
Captivating, memorable, and endearing characters are the mark of a master storyteller. John Posner crushed it in this area. Each character is key to telling this larger-than-life adventure, and readers will no doubt select their favorites. Most memorable include Jake and Shannon, brilliant high school sweethearts; Stanley, the ever-efficient robot; and Noah, a young hero who is physically different and mentally superior.
Creating new inroads into technology and bending the functionality to meet one’s vision allows infinite possibilities and outcomes. Who better to control the delicate balance between physical life and digital time without end than AI-enabled programs and machines with the capacity to change and evolve sometimes without guardrails? The fear, uncertainty, and doubt about giving too much power to machines and technology can have consequences, especially with ongoing human traits of greed, power, and evil.
The action starts on page one and continues to build with perfectly timed thrills, plot twists, and heart-wrenching choices until the unexpected, outstanding end. While reading this story, the 1969 song ” In the Year 2525 ” often came to mind. Fans of dystopian fiction will become immersed in the believable world and dream of the possibilities. It is a stellar, highly recommended novel by an outstanding storyteller—hats off to John Posner.
About the Author
For John Posner, the captivating thing about Sci-Fi/Fantasy is that it encourages the reader to step back from our everyday lives and be a kid again that wonders—what if? With imagination, a universe of human and social worlds is exposed. Impossible technological marvels become harbingers of reality.
Before becoming a full-time writer, John was an IT Project Manager for 40+ years with an extensive technical writing background.
Since the age of six, he has had a fascination with science and science fiction. Novels that captured his imagination included: Time Machine, Stranger in a Strange Land, Fahrenheit 451, The Invisible Man, the psycho-thrillers of Stephen King, and so many comic books: Spider Man, Green Lantern, Thing, and Fantastic Four.
TV shows and movies that influenced his imagination and writing: Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, Star Trek, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Terminator, Alien, and Star Wars.
John invites you to Dive into the Fantasy of Science Fiction’s thematic journeys within and beyond.
He calls Maryland home. In his spare time, you’ll find him honing his BBQ skills.