Excerpt from “Sarcology”

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cover of SarcologyHere is an excerpt of Sarcology, not included in the 3-chapter sample available on the main site:


The streetwalker in the torn unitard and her potential John happened to be near the S-sar when it stood up and inclined its face to the sky.  The hooker noted the motion in the corner of her eye at first; then did a double-take upon noticing the shiny bald head… then the rather featureless face.  She gasped and stumbled backwards, collided with a parked car and triggered its alarm system.  The John, interrupted from his fondling and proposition-considering, swung about crazily, like a deer spooked by a sudden noise; and upon seeing the S-sar, he stumbled away while trying to look as though he’d done nothing wrong.

The S-sar turned and took in their shocked reactions for less than a second, then turned skyward again.  Tracking equipment in its systems located the signal from the responder.  Simultaneously, artificial eyes quickly locked onto the flying drone, receding into the distance, as well as registering the presence of the two drones that Marcus was guiding after it.  As it watched, it automatically calculated optimum routes to follow the drone. Continue reading

Opening excerpt of Sarcology

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cover of SarcologyHuman beings aren’t always flesh and blood.  A great tagline for Sarcology, because that statement goes both ways.

A beautiful robotics scientist has been enduring a very personal blackmail as punishment for past indiscretions. But the stakes have gone up, and she’s had enough. Enter Allen and Jessica Teal, of the Teal Investigative Agency, who plan to catch her elusive blackmailer. But the case quickly goes from bad to deadly… and they must solicit the help of a robot prototype that turns out to be far more than anyone expected.

The first three full chapters of Sarcology are now available on my website, FREE to read and to entice you to buy the novel when it’s released on 4.1.13.

Sarcology: Anatomy of a robot

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cyborg under construction

from Ghost in the Shell

Robotics make up a major element of the novel Sarcology: Autos are self-driven, automated tools and homes abound, and the story revolves around a humanoid robot that is the subject of a blackmail scheme.  Science fiction does love its robots.  But it rarely goes into much detail about what goes into making its robots; words like “titanium” and “tronics” get thrown around, and occasionally a robot will have some part of its body opened up, to reveal flashy diodes and mechanical linkages.  But the geek in you really wants to know: What’s really going on under the hood?

(Some of the details that follow are mentioned in the novel to an extent; but as the specific details are not germane to the story, they are largely glossed over or mentioned in passing.  For those of you who crave more… enjoy.)

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Behind Sarcology

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cover of SarcologyA robotics scientist has been enduring a very personal blackmail as punishment for past indiscretions… but the stakes have gone up, and she’s had enough.  Enter Allen and Jessica Teal, of the Teal Investigative Agency, who plan to catch her elusive blackmailer.  But the case quickly goes from bad to deadly… and they must solicit the help of a robot prototype that turns out to be far more than anyone expected.  So begins a sexy and romantic detective adventure, with a robotic twist, set in a very believable 2040s Atlanta.

In seeking a title for my story, I’d come across the word Sarcology—and its very real definition, the study of the soft tissues of the body—and decided that it fit the story to a T.  That was well after I’d started the story, because as I started researching and developing the kind of story I wanted to tell, I wasn’t sure myself where I wanted the emphasis of the story to be until I actually started writing it.

My original notes and ideas had been about a robot that would prove itself to be almost indistinguishable from a human being.  But a robot emulating a human… well, it’s been done, and it’s actually quite boring on its face.  Not enough for a good story.  I needed more. Continue reading

Sarcology

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preliminary cover of SarcologyToday I completed the text for my new novel, Sarcology.  Expect a late Jan/early Feb Spring 2013 release.  Here’s a preliminary cover design.  More details about the book will follow.

Robots, here I come.

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Steven Lyle Jordan, author and futurist

Steven Lyle Jordan

I may be mere days away from committing the first organized state of electrons to file (colloquially known as “words to paper”) on my next novel, which will explore the concepts of relationships and identity between human beings and robots.  And considering how long I’ve gone since my last major writing project, I find that as I get closer to the commitment point, I’m getting more stoked about it. Continue reading