By Harry Harrison and Marvin Minsky.
A 'techno-thriller' written in collaboration with artificial intelligence expert Marvin Minsky (note: see the Links page for Minsky's website, which contains two chapters deleted from the final edit of the book).
Dedication: For Julie, Margaret and Henry: Moira and Todd - A story of your tomorrow.
"This novel by a Grand Old Man of sf and the world's leading expert on artificial intelligence contains some of the best extrapolation on the nature and creation of AI ever offered in fiction."
"One the verge of epoch-making discoveries, mathematical prodigy Brian Delaney falls to an assassin's bullet. But he is not dead and, using his own advanced techniques, his shattered brain is reconstructed. The Irish genius rebuilds his life as half man, half computer, discovering abilities undreamt of. This is a novel with two powerful threads: the suspenseful investigation of industrial espionage in the next century, and Delaney exploring and exploiting his new cyborg-like existence. Harry Harrison, best known for his Stainless Steel Rat series, has co-authored a work which is familiar enough territory perhaps to science fiction buffs but entertains."
"There is plenty of action in this overlong and carelessly written book, but it is frequently held up by unduly detailed explanations of various pieces of tomorrow's office machinery, like the languaphone and the voicefax. But the authors' joint enthusiasm for gadgetry seems to wither away, and there is a dire if ambiguous warning sounded at the end. As computer-enhanced Brian grows colder, grumpier and more resentful of women (traitresses one and all, according to him) so his mechanical friends grow more bonhomous and idiosyncratic. Sven even gets engagingly prickly about what name he will answer to: "'Machine intelligence'. I consider the term 'artificial' both demeaning and incorrect," he chides, the very model of a PC PC. (This is one of the better jokes. Most of the others are about Irishmen or Mexicans.) ... I'm unsure about the authors' intention but the moral is clear enough. Stop the machines before they get started. Unplug the toaster now."