Would you sacrifice your humanity to live free from pain and suffering?
Conservationist Anja Lapin always stood firm against her father's profiteering. But in her wildest dreams, she never guessed his tech company would stumble on an algorithm enabling humans to digitize their bodies and secure artificial immortality.
Before Anja can stage a protest, terrorists take out the research team, along with her father. Billions adopt the new technology in record time, lured by an eternity free from pain and filled with pleasure--even if it means losing a few pieces of their identity.
Anja finds she's one of the last two flesh and blood humans remaining on Earth. But while her worries turn to the future of consciousness, her father's rival plots to hijack the network of digitized people and claim ultimate control.
Can Anja counter the attack and safeguard a brave new stage of human evolution?
Zero Percenters is a metaphysical science fiction novel. If you like exploring futuristic possibilities, artificial intelligence, and the meaning of life, then you'll love Scott T. Grusky's intriguing adventure.
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The surreal storytelling is evocative of Philip K. Dick, and readers will keep turning the pages, wondering when this utopia will melt down.
Transcendence-seekers will sink blissfully into this fable of how technological liberation from the flesh might lead to mass enlightenment.
Grusky's story goes beyond the usual imagining of virtual society by asking what the uploaded have lost and how conflict will emerge in the virtual.
A bright, excellently thought out, page-turning tale. Humanity's never ending struggle towards balance is explored with a contemporary computer-age twist in Scott T. Grusky's fine science fiction novel, Zero Percenters.
This is a book for today's society... Grusky has given the world much to think about in terms of the future and what to possibly expect.
--San Francisco Book Review
Readers of sci-fi won't be the only audience to appreciate this vivid, personal story of a woman placed in impossible situations. Fans of thriller and high-tech novels of terrorism and survival will also be enthralled by a story packed with satisfying twists, exceptionally strong characterization, and high-tech intrigue that keeps the story logical, fast-paced, yet firmly rooted in emotional elements.
--Midwest Book Review
This book was wonderfully written... an excellent read for fans of realistic science fiction.
--Manhattan Book Review
Like Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End or Robert Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land, Zero Percenters is another articulate voice advocating for continuation of life because of its joys and the inexpressible experience of existence. The book is populated with very human characters, even the AI "concierges," self-aware constructs charged with caring for their human counterparts.
Zero Percenters is philosophical science fiction--a novel take on what it means to be human. In Scott T. Grusky's science fiction thriller, a young woman grapples with morality as humanity evolves into a digital form.
--Foreword Clarion Reviews