I’ve been chosen to participate in the life-or-death game of Author Tag by James Wymore, a fellow CQ author.
What is the working title of your book?
Sanity Vacuum. It’s part one of The ABACUS Protocol. It was the first good name I came up with, and it stuck.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I used to do psych studies when I was in university. It was an easy $10 or $20 when good food was hard to come by. I was biking there, and the original story idea came to me. It’s morphed a bit, but the general idea is kind of the same.
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I honestly have no idea. I don’t pay attention to actors as a rule.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
What is self-awareness, and why does quIRK care?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I’m being published by Curiosity Quills Press.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
One month. It was part of NaNoWriMo 2011.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I’m honestly not sure. quIRK could be construed as a bit like Data from Star Trek. A galactic human civilization is a pretty common theme. Like Dune, there are no sentient alien species. I took some inspiration from a made-for-TV movie called Moon, too. (Amazing movie, totally check it out. I love the AI/robot character.)
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
It’s mostly based on my love of science fiction, and my fascination with sentient artificial intelligence. I’ve always wanted to meet one.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I try to explore some deeper things–elements of sentience, intelligence and ethics. How does quIRK evolve from an automation into a self-aware superintelligence? Can the human characters accept him, or will they recoil from the revelation that humanity isn’t the only known form of sentient “life?”
Also, the character Alec. He’s just so outrageous, but he has a heart of gold.
Now, it’s time to tag. I choose… Courtney Worth Young!