Monday, June 3, 2013

The ABACUS Protocol: Sanity Vacuum by T. Gregory

Title: The ABACUS Protocol: Sanity Vacuum
Author: Thea Isis Gregory
Publication Date: December 6, 2012
Length: about 226 pages (ebook)

Vivian Skye, right out of university, lands her dream job on the Extra-Galactic Observatory, a distant and isolated space station where she hopes to make a name for herself working on their advance quantum computer, quIRK. But it's not all she was hoping for, with a crew that maintains a distance from her, and a horrible, bigot of a boss that clearly has a grudge against Vivian. And soon, Vivian starts to realise that quIRK may be showing signs of sentience, which is strictly forbidden by the ABACUS Protocol.

I don't read a lot of sci fi (which is strange considering that's most of what I watch), and this book made me really wonder why. Even aside from the human interactions in this book, which were interesting, the story of a quantum computer developing a personality, and finally sentience, is a fascinating one. quIRK was a great character.

The story also explores other themes, like the effects of extreme isolation on people, which I find to be a really interesting subject. Different types of people are affected in different ways, and some of them are quite disturbing.

5 stars. Recommended for any and all sci fi lovers.

Full disclosure: Free ebook copy received from the publisher through NetGalley.

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