About the Book
This is the second novella in the Tales of a Brighter Future collection, but it is set before The Retreat in terms of the timeline.
Before the world of The Retreat became possible the systematic destruction and robbery of the poorer parts of the world had to stop.
So the armies of the well-armed rapacious multinational companies, otherwise known as the Western nation states, had to change what they were doing.
Meet the small band of people, and the nascent AI, Sally, who began this process. Watch Sally become conscious and develop a conscience. Meet her friends M’aq and Penweather on the blasted edge of the hungry desert.
About the Author
Born 1959 in Edinburgh. Father was a doctor and university lecturer in psychiatry and Mother had been psychiatric ward sister. Both were of relatively humble origins. Father had been a prisoner of war. When Francis was about 5 they went to live in Liverpool because Father had been asked to take up the newly created professorship there. They lived in the grounds of the now long-gone lunatic asylum while they looked for somewhere to live. Eventually they ended up living in a big house in the suburbs on the South of the city.
Eventually he gained a degree in Applied Statistics and Computing in 1987 and has earned his living writing software ever since. He is a British Canoe Union qualified level 3 kayak instructor. He is married to a six foot red head; they have two children and live in a big house in Birkenhead. He is committed Buddhist.
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