Recursion (Recursion, Book 1)

By Tony Ballantyne

It's the twenty-third century. Herb, a tender entrepreneur, returns to the remoted planet on which he has illegally been attempting to construct a city–and reveals it destroyed via a swarming nightmare of self-replicating equipment. Worse, the all-seeing atmosphere corporation has been gazing him the total time. His punishment? a virtually hopeless conflict within the farthest reaches of the universe opposed to enemy machines two times as speedy, and two times as lethal, as his own–in the corporate of a disarmingly convinced AI who is probably not precisely what he claims…

Little does Herb understand that this warfare of machines used to be set in movement approximately 2 hundred years ago–by mankind itself. For it used to be then not-quite-chance come across introduced a pressured younger lady and an almost all-powerful AI jointly in a single fateful second which can have replaced the process humanity perpetually.

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It represents the a number of copies of our personalities that I beamed throughout the Enemy area. ” Robert took a walnut from the bowl at his aspect and put it in a couple of shiny purple nutcrackers he made from his jacket pocket. “How lengthy does this pass on for? ” muttered Herb. “Not too long,” Robert responded, pushing a shelled walnut into his mouth. The ghostly our bodies of Herb and Robert started to cut loose one another and by surprise zoom from sight. Bursts of purple and eco-friendly stars observed their surprising go out from view. “Warp jumps,” Robert defined. The digicam picked up on one pair of our bodies as they shot via house. They have been now imminent a planet. “This is a part of the Enemy Domain,” Robert murmured. “Watch conscientiously. ” Herb gazed into the viewing sector impassively. After a number of moments he sat up straighter. presently after that his palms stiffened at the delicate white leather-based of the couch, then he reached for the glass of whisky and took a sip, after which one other… it all started just enough. Robert and Herb’s duplicates have been status on a low hill searching over a grassy undeniable punctuated with low mounds. The Robert at the monitor became and mentioned whatever to the Herb status subsequent to him, and the digicam interested by the horizon. They observed a low, darkish form, emerging from the floor like a melanoma. Now they can make out anything silver within the grass, skinny and shimmering within the gentle like a spiderweb. It used to be sincerely spreading out from the darkish development within the distance, slowly choking the planet. The Robert within the viewing box bent down and pointed it out to Herb. “Interesting, isn’t it? It’s acquired a coating of photoelectric cells everywhere in the open air. This planet goes to be coated via that stuff, and it’s all being powered via not anything greater than the sun’s strength. simply think in the event that they dropped this type of VNMs in the world. ” “It strikes too slowly. We’d smash it very quickly. ” “Maybe. ” The digital Robert shrugged. The Herb observing the viewing box, the true Herb, silently cheered his regulate ego. The view shifted and this time one other Herb and Robert have been status on one other planet. during this view a gaggle of cows used to be huddled on a small island of eco-friendly final in the course of a sea of silver-grey VNMs. The VNMs have been consuming up the land, leaving the animals nowhere to face. “Are these actual cows? ” requested the Herb within the viewing tank. “Oh, convinced. ” one of many cows slipped and scrambled desperately to avoid itself sliding down the deep brown dust fringing the island, towards the stressed silver sea under. there has been a stirring on the coastline, the 1st flickering of mechanical curiosity. regardless of its frantic scrambling, the cow slipped nearer and in the direction of the silver sea. One desktop skittered around the our bodies of its brothers and onto the dust, antennae waving, and that used to be it. Herb seemed on in horror because the silver VNMs rushed over the unlucky animal. The scene jumped back to teach an immense, deformed urban that opened up to hide such a lot of 1 part of a planet. Its silvery gray towers reached upwards to the celebrities and the silver-grey hearts of the fleet of spaceships soaring above it.

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