the erased


The Erased is an e-book by Grant Piercy, available for the Amazon Kindle.

You’ve been imprisoned by a shadowy government project and your identity has been erased; the only question is why. Welcome Home.

In a dystopian society where severe laws are in place to regulate the media you’re allowed to view, anyone and anything can be erased. Most people get their information and entertainment from the Knowledgebase -- a computer network dubbed the “sum total of human knowledge.” But forces are at work to edit and shape the Knowledgebase as they see fit -- suppressing dissident thoughts and behaviors. Their clear target: a group of rebels who hide in plain sight and call themselves the Transhumans -- people who remote into androids illegally, and whose goal is to eventually transplant a human consciousness into an android.

In the middle of this stands 77, a prisoner who’s been asked to repair a broken android for his captors. Once he solves the mystery of this android, he may find the truth behind the Transhumans, the elusive Knowledgebase architects, and the erased.

The Erased presents a near-future parable for the media age, where the march toward merging with technology comes at a terrible price.

Link: My eBook is free for the Kindle, Saturday & Sunday (1/26-1/27)

If you like science fiction stories, especially those about dystopias, or androids, or inexplicable incarceration, this might just be for you. And hey, the price is right.

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My Life As A Telecommuting Robot

This sounds a lot like a primitive version of the “remoting into androids” that I describe in The Erased. Thought I’d share.

The description from WSJ: “As more employees work remotely, companies are looking for high-tech ways to hook them in. WSJ’s Rachel Emma Silverman experiments with a telepresence robot to zoom around WSJ newsroom and chat with colleagues from her home office in Austin, Texas.”

Full article here.

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Link: 'Most realistic' robot legs developed

The team, from the University of Arizona, were able to replicate the central pattern generator (CPG) - a nerve cell (neuronal) network in the lumbar region of the spinal cord that generates rhythmic muscle signals.

The CPG produces, and then controls, these signals by gathering information from different parts of the body involved in walking, responding to the environment.

This is what allows people to walk without thinking about it.”

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Link: Brain implant lets paralyzed woman control robot arm with her mind

Using only her thoughts, a Massachusetts woman paralyzed for 15 years directed a robotic arm to pick up a bottle of coffee and bring it to her lips, researchers report in the latest advance in harnessing brain waves to help disabled people.”

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Link: Swiss Robot Gives Paraplegic Man Mobility Via Mind-Control

Robot via Mind Control

The robot is controlled by the brainwaves of a paraplegic wearing an electrode-fitted cap. The person wearing the cap, Mark-Andre Duc, demonstrated the device from a hospital in the Swiss town of Sion.

Duc, who lost the use of his legs and fingers in a fall and is now considered partially quadriplegic, used his thoughts to send a mental command to a computer in his room, which transmitted the thoughts to another computer that moved a small robot 60 miles away in the city of Lausanne.”

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The Erased free giveaway, 4/18-4/20

My e-book, The Erased, is available for free today 4/18 through Friday 4/20 in the Amazon Kindle store. Remember, I provide the first few chapters for free anyway if you want to check them out (and Amazon previews them as well).

Here’s a review from the Amazon page:

"A great story depicting a not so far fetched future. Told concurrently from multiple perspectives, this novel keeps you on the edge of the page, and demands you to see and understand all sides of the story. The ending leaves you wondering who the antagonists and protagonists really are or who to really root for (or how you wish the future might look)…in other words it was a great story that left me wanting more."

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