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It's hard to save the world while wondering whether you're still human, but Jason1 may be just the right software for the job anyway. He's about to find out. Stranded in the computers of a derelict space station, unknown to the world, lives the first community of human-based software, or softlife. But Jason1, one of the few who used to be flesh-and-blood, doubts that this empty existence really qualifies as life. On the other hand, Iooi, a young native softlife, considers her kind an evolutionary step beyond biology, and three-dimensional space an annoying abstraction. A spaceship arrives at the space station, and the two of them stow away in its computer, hoping to establish ties with the rest of humankind while somehow tolerating each other. But the ship's crew is clearly hiding something, despite the efforts of Jason1 and some old human associates to pry it from them. And the world's first faster-than-light spaceship, lost since the wreck of the space station, has returned, and is acting very strangely. These minor mysteries coalesce into major threats, pitting the softlife against unexpected enemies they may be uniquely qualified to fight. Softlife and biological life must work together to save both of their worlds and, just maybe, learn to appreciate the humanity in each other and more

Product details

  • Paperback | 268 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 17.02mm | 467.2g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1490539336
  • 9781490539331

About James R Hardin

James R. Hardin received his first rejection from a major publisher when he was 11 years old and has been writing fiction intermittently ever since. After a long break earning a living and dealing with real life, he has returned to writing with renewed passion (although he still has to work around all that earning a living and real life stuff). Softlife is his first novel, though certainly not his last. James supports himself and his family as an engineer in the R&D department of a major turbomachinery manufacturer, where he engages in aerodynamic design, computational fluid dynamics analyses, and battle with temperamental computers. When not writing or engineering, he often plays or composes music, usually on a piano or synthesizer. James lives in western Pennsylvania with his wife, a varying number of sons depending on who's home, and two lazy dogs. You can find out more about James and his writing, as well as download a few of his SF/F-themed musical compositions, at his website more

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