"Save the world tale"
Universal Library is a corporation that controls, owns or
fixes databases for its various clients. It also has a
website where, for a fee, users can talk to or do research
with an AIP (Artificial intelligence Personality). Their
most popular AIP is Turing Hopper whose specialty is
general knowledge. Users like her because she's got a
distinct and refreshing personality but what they don't
know is that Turing is sentient.
When Turing realizes her programmer Zach hasn't
reported in for eight days, she begins to worry a bit.
When Mr. Smith from security tries to break into Zach's
computer she really begins to worry. She contacts her two
friends at UL, Maude a secretary and Tim the copier. Both
have come to adore Turing and believe she is alive, and are
willing to take risks to find out what is going on at UL
and how it relates to Zach's disappearance.
Turing is one of the most original, adorable and
refreshing characters to grace the pages of a mystery
novel. Although the protagonist lives inside a computer
(for the most part) readers will choose to ignore rather
quickly that she's an AI and start thinking of her as
human. She, with her partner's in crime, tries to save the
world for sentient AI's of the second generation. This
reviewer can't wait for the sequel(s).
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 7, 2002