The Kraken Project
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First published: May 13, 2014
Publisher: Forge Books

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A note from Doug:

Dear Reader,

I will be personally signing and inscribing 300 first-edition hardcover copies of my novel, The Kraken Project, for anyone who wants one. These are available from the Poisoned Pen bookstore at the regular retail price, plus shipping. (They will ship almost anywhere in the world). The book is published on May 13 and your signed copy will arrive about three weeks later, well in time for Father's Day. If you would like to get a copy as a Father’s Day present, or for yourself, please use the link below. You can indicate what you want me to write in the “Instructions” box as you check out.

Many thanks,
Doug


NASA is building a probe to be splashed down in the Kraken Mare, the largest sea on Saturn’s great moon, Titan. It is one of the most promising habitats for extraterrestrial life in the solar system, but the surface is unstable and dangerous, requiring the probe to be outfitted with artificial intelligence software. Melissa Shepherd, a brilliant programmer, has developed “Dorothy,” a powerful, self-modifying AI whose potential is both revolutionary and terrifying. When miscalculations lead to a catastrophe during testing, Dorothy flees into the internet.

Former CIA agent Wyman Ford is tapped to help track down the rogue AI. As Ford and Shepherd search for Dorothy, they realize that her horrific experiences in the wasteland of the Internet have changed her in ways they can barely imagine. And they’re not the only ones looking for the wayward program: the AI is also being pursued by a pair of Wall Street traders who want to capture her code and turn her into a high-speed trading bot.

Traumatized, angry, and relentlessly hunted, Dorothy devises a plan. As the pursuit of Dorothy converges on a deserted house on the coast of Northern California, Ford faces the question: is rescuing Dorothy the right thing? Is the AI bent on saving the world… or on wiping out the cancer that is humankind?



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