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A multi-million dollar deal and a rogue AI with murderous intent.

Book CoverLittle Computer People, by Galen Surlak-Ramsey is a snappy, geek-centric novel that explores what it means to be human. The story is told in the first person from the main character’s perspective. Gabe Erikson, our dubious hero, is a serious coder who becomes obsessed with his AI project after his girlfriend, Michelle, dumps him. Forsaking practical concerns like hygiene and proper nutrition, Gabe throws his all into reaching his ultimate goal: creating the first sentient AI. But when he finally accomplishes this dream, the AI, named Pi, takes a direction that he never expected. Rather than treating Gabe as a worship-worthy omnipotent God, Pi becomes hostile and expertly hacks her way around the internet in an attempt to destroy him.

  • Will Gabe get Pi back under control?
  • Will he survive her murderous schemes?
  • Are the Feds going to take Pi away from him?
  • Will he sell Pi for fame and fortune despite the ethical dilemmas involved?

If you’re in the mood for a snarky, coding-centric narrative with a dash of humor, this is the book for you.

Content Warning: The main character has some problematic views including fetishizing Asian women, some racist language (stereotypes and microaggressions), and expresses opinions that lean toward misogyny and toxic masculinity.

More By Galen Surlak-Ramsey

Amazon Author Page: Galen Surlak-Ramsey

Goodreads: Galen Surlak-Ramsey

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Ditrie Marie Bowie (née Sanchez) is a Puerto Rican in British Columbia, Canada who writes fiction. She is a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) and co-editor of Strange Stories to Tell in the Park. Bowie is also the creator of the webcomic, This Writer Can’t Draw. A classically trained pianist and former educator, she has lived in three different countries spanning two continents. And she met her spouse in a video game.

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