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What do you do when you find yourself the sole survivor of the complete destruction of Earth?  Nikola winds up in that position, disembodied in a half-built asteroid outpost, the last remnant and only hope of the human race.  Nikola exists now only in digital form, controlling drones and cameras to interact with the world.  But Nikola's memories are fractured, and there are endless obstacles between awakening as a glorified computer program and saving the species.  Is Nikola even human anymore?  Is it even possible to resurrect humanity?

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Tana Nari
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If Asimov and Crichton had a baby...

That's what this story promises to be. It has Asimov's love of viewing humanity through the lens of our machines, framed by Crichton's love of technical detail and suspense.

It sets high stakes, with the earth destroyed by the most banal of alien world-killers that I've seen outside of parodies, and only a mining AI to try to save the genetic remnants of humanity as a seed-ship. An AI that's had portions of its mind erased, edited, and possibly broken by the very humanity that it's trying to restore from scratch.

Snippets and memories of the human being that was converted into this machine are featured in regular intervals, creating a connection to humanity that feels both poignant and disjointed, in the best ways.

While excessively wordy at times, it kept me hooked the entire story while I absorbed the information, considered the implications, and found myself agreeing that even the most absurd aspects of the science fiction felt natural and a logical extension of our current development path.

In short, I found not a single flaw in the premise. The execution, too, was nigh unto perfection, with the closest thing to a flaw being that it was a little slow in chapters 2 and 3, as we absorbed quite the info-dump alongside the main character. Still, it managed to be an interesting info dump, so this story gets perfect marks on the overall score and an eager declaration that it will appeal to every reader of hard science fiction.

For now, at any rate. The danger of this story is that it's still ongoing, and the text is promising a ride that it might not be able to deliver. If it does maintain this quality, and gets a decent editor to clean up the minor flaws and help streamline the text and pacing, then this story could find itself in the literary archives with the best of them.

I don't give unearned praise, ask anyone. This story deserves its 5-star rating.

BoredBeyondBelief
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"nuclear weapons were used, and the alien ships were destroyed"

You know what?I love stories where aliens follow the laws of physics.A nuke, with the force it has would destroy a large portion of a small ship made of our finest, strongest, metals.Of course, these ships would be small, or the nukes would be gigantic, but it makes you think that humans had some engineering feats comparable to them, which is something that many sci-fi stories don't bring up, and that is the fact that all species would realistically have different types of technology researched, and aim for different things to suit their species.

 

I think the chapters seem to have some Info-Dump, but besides that the story is pretty good.Now I will go play stellaris, and re-write my review in the near-future.

Zachary Dugas
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 Sadly it seems my Internet cut out as I was attempting to post my original review as such and this one is unfortunately shorter than I originally wanted. Sorry about that LOL.

As I was saying before the Internet so rudely interrupted, this is, of your two novels that you have posted,my favorite.

This seems to fit your style much more as the emotionless or if not emotionless than the less than an emotional way you write dialogue. It fits the character very well and allows you to show how he is traumatized while also being somewhat mechanical.

I love how his memories interrupt the flow of the chapters in the best sort of way showing us the reader how disjointed and fragmented he really is.

 

Honestly this novel reminds me a little of infinity by  Jeremy Robinson in the fact that you don’t know how sane the MC actually is, which allows for a sort of unreliable narration. 

 

I love it

 

I will be following this novel so keep up the good work and I hope to read a lot more!

Lordofthepies
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Only at chapter two, but the premise is interesting and the grammar is good.  Looking forward to future chapters!

Irradiated Slag Heap
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Ever wondered what it's like to be a computer?

 I'd like to start by saying that I love stories from the perspective of an Artificial Intelligence. They're extremely rare, and nearly always good. This one is off to a great start, with an asteroid-based AI finding itself the sole survivor of the human race.

 To date, I've only read a single other story about a human turned AI. It was called Chrysalis, and it was brilliant. I'm very glad I could find another take on that plot, and I'm interested in where the author takes this story.

 I like the fact that the aliens aren't some incredible god-like beings with wacky superscience. The fact of the matter is, nuclear weapons are powerful things.

 The alien design seems a bit odd, and I'm not certain why that is, but it could certainly be intriguing. Strange root-tentacles and tree-shaped ships suggest a more biotech-focused race, but their hulls contradict this.

 I agree with some of the other reviews in that there are some areas of lengthy technical descriptions, but I didn't notice it too strongly until it was pointed out.

 The main character's gender is somewhat confusing, at first I read it as a man because of the name Nikolai, but some of the memory flashes made me think otherwise.

 All in all, I believe this to be a brilliant start to an excellent novel, and I eagerly await its continuation. Its flaws are minimal, and it's far better written than most things you'd find out on the internet. I wouldn't be surprised to find it in a bookstore.

 To the author, I plead with you: Keep this work alive. Don't let it suffer the fate of so many other promising stories. Keep it coming, and finish strong. I'll be with you all the way.

not fake
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looks really good so far and can't wait for more! will update.

duens5
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This is a true gem on Royal Road. I have always been on the look out for stories on the caliber of this one. I have nothing but the greatest hope that this story continues for a very long time.

Roarro
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Fantastic read with interesting plot and very good grammar. Binged all 9 chapters and i crave for more. Great,great idea and very good writing.

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Premise has a big problem

There are story breaking flaws built into it's premise.  Some other issues with things not quite fitting together for me. 

Things are described well and it's clear the author has some advanced knowledge that is applied to the story well. A few words I had to look up (it might have been worth subtly building the definition of a few of the words into the story)  The author really gets into the minutia of things which makes the story move very slowly.

 

I might have the patience and find it worth that slow journey if I thought the story was going in a worthwhile direction, that there was a good payoff. But thanks to the flaws in the premise and a few other key flaws, I am not convinced of that, and don't feel it's worth reading any further.