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When robotics expert Megan O'Flannery is offered the chance to direct MindSim's cutting-edge program to develop a self-aware android, it's the opportunity of a lifetime. But the project is trouble plagued--the third prototype "killed" itself, and the RS-4 is unstable. Megan will descend into MindSim's underground research lab in the Nevada desert, where she will be the sole human in contact with the RS-4, dubbed Aris. Programmed as part of a top-secret defense project, the awakening Aris quickly proves to be deviously resourceful and basically uncontrollable. When Megan enlists the help of Raj Sundaram, the quirky, internationally renowned robotics genius, the android develops a jealous hostility toward Raj--and a fixation on Megan. But soon she comes to realize that Raj may be an even greater danger--and that her life may depend on the choice she makes between the man she wants to trust and the android she created.
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Also by Catherine Asaro
The Veiled Web
"Thoughtful and imaginative...A near-future layering of East and West...and of love and its loss--all woven into an intriguing tapestry."
"Known for her brilliance at combining science, adventure, and riveting characterization, Catherine Asaro breaks new territory with a compelling story set in the world we know, at the dangerous intersection of cutting-edge technology and the age-old conflict of culture and the human heart. A romance of ideas as well as the story of a man and a woman attempting to build a bridge between two very different societies, The Veiled Web is a thought-provoking and entertaining tale for the dawn of a new millennium."
-- Mary Jo Putney, New York Times bestselling author of The Wild Child
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Reviewed with Catherine Asaro's The Quantum Rose.
With new releases from different publishers, Asaro proves a double threat this month.In The Phoenix Code , artificial intelligence expert Megan O'Flannery gets a chance to work in the race to develop a self-aware android. She becomes the human interface with the current prototype, RS-4, which, like virtually all such prototypes in sf, is determined to escape. Trying to prevent it, Megan enlists the aid of eccentric robotics genius Raj Sundaram, but then the escaping android kidnaps both of them. Now their lives depend on how fast they can socialize RS-4, and since it is behaving, again according to tradition, like an overbrained, undersocialized teenage boy, the critical burden of the task falls on Megan. A well-executed reworking of a classic sf tale, lighthearted without being silly, and irresistible for at least one thorough reading.The Quantum Rose , Asaro's new Skolian Empire yarn, bolsters her reputation for skillfully putting classic romance elements in an sf setting. Kamoj governs a minor province on a planet settled 5,000 years ago by genetically engineered slaves. Jax Ironbridge, a neighboring ruler, seeks her hand. It is a good match, until a mysterious alpha male type, Lionstar, wanders in and starts courting Kamoj. Lionstar is actually Vryl, an exiled prince of the Roca line of Skolian royalty. He possesses the Roca's psionic powers in full and fights that burden with a drinking problem. The fight over Kamoj leaves scars everywhere, including on her. Then she and Vryl repair to his birth world and use his Roca powers to restore its independence. The requisite happy ending arrives by way of sound characterization, straightforward plotting, abundant world building detail, and almost as much humor. Roland Green
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