We are very excited to announce that the sequel to R. Andrew Russell’s Intelligent Consent, the aptly named Intelligence Horizon will be released in time for Christmas. Here is the blurb for the book:
The future for Anastasia and Robert is balanced on a knife-edge. They are key developers of scanning technology used to copy the structure of the human brain and load it into intelligent robots. Their malevolent employer, Augustin, plans to kill them if they try to leave, but also when they outlive their usefulness. They also come under threat from an organisation intent on the elimination of all advanced robots. Meanwhile, two intelligent robots, Rob and Sam-renamed-Penny, have been sent to Mars to help Augustin achieve his all-consuming dream. Can they fend-off attacks by trans-planetary bandits, and use all of their cunning to outwit Augustin?
R. Andrew Russell is a former Professor of Robotics and brings both the human and robot characters to life with an eye for what makes us human. Perhaps echoing Russell’s own thoughts, a character in the novel says: ‘We’re limited in how far into the future we can predict human attitudes to robots. I like to think of this as the intelligence horizon … Hopefully, beyond this horizon, intelligent robots may be accepted as having at least some rights.’
It is an interesting idea and one which is explored in the novel. We are thrilled to be able to give a sneak peek of the cover, which is once again designed by Cathy Larsen. So, without further ado, here it is!