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Artificial Intelligence. How, exactly, does a AI machine become self-aware? What is required for an AI to produce the self-replicating brainpower necessary to protect itself? Are humans racing toward AI becoming a threat? Are we sprinting toward the end-of-days? A few thousand years ago, someone hid the coding required for a machine to become self-aware.

We unlocked the cipher. Now, we must stop it.

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“A story reminiscent of War Games meets Transcendence meets 2001: A Space Odyssey, Threshold takes you on an adventure into how much closer we are to the complexities of true and complete artificial intelligence than we realize. What would happen if an AI program exceeded its programming to become self aware? Would it have the same morals that humankind claims to share? What if we lost control….?” – C

“R.C. Ducantlin grabs the reader and takes them on a fast-paced, nail-biting journey following the exploits of a rogue AI hell-bent on making humanity obsolete. Can’t wait to read the next one!” – Beta Reader

“A story with twists and turns that will make you desperate to read the next chapter. The characters are distinct and the unfolding of the story is perfectly paced. Understanding AI and its capabilities can be technical and boring, but this story is funny, intriguing, and brings to light the darkness that AI could cause.” – A

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Miranda Everlasting is a collection of three short stories: Fò Miranda, Envie, and Gris-Gris.

 

Fò Miranda

(Timeframe: 1915-1950s)

Young Miranda is going to be famous.

She is going to be in the movies and fly aeroplanes.
The LaLonde plantation survives the war to end all wars, the flu of 1918, and the great depression.
The dreams of children are destroyed. Albee helps Miranda becomes famous.

Envie

(Timeframe: 1950s-1990s)

Miranda became famous even though very few people know her name. She is a troubadour.

Miranda plays the guitar and sings.

Miranda lives on in the music her brother Beau plays.

Gris-Gris

(Timeframe: 1990s-2010s)

A Gris-Gris (gree-gree) is a talisman, an amulet, a voodoo charm, a spell, or magic used in warding off evil and bringing good luck to oneself or bestowing misfortune on another.
Rand understands he must carry the burden of the LaLonde family legacy.
Rand’s great aunt Miranda ensures the legacy continues.

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Destinies are not set in stone. The price to modify your future might change everything.

Max only wants two things: leave the dying mill town and take Jamie with him.

Max finds the crystalline Orb at the bottom of a pond. He found his golden ticket out of town.

The Orb breaks Max’s heart. He vows to make sure the events he sees never come to pass.

How much pain can one boy endure to save the one he loves?

Would it be enough to protect her?

Will altering the future come at a cost too high for him to pay?

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Icky Waddles is a short story about friendship, overcoming adversity, with a touch of fantasy. I think you will find Icky Waddles a quick, easy read, with some humor, a little pride in growing strength, and a few surprises.

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