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Unfettered Journey

A literary cross-genre adventure and love story; an idea book, for the intelligent reader.

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"An adventure for the mind on many levels, from the thrilling action scenes to the philosophical examination of society, the universe, and our role in both."
- Raissa D'Souza
External Professor and member of the Science Board at the Santa Fe Institute; Professor of Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering, UC Davis

Unfettered Journey is an existential adventure for the mind and a lot more besides.”
- Carly Newfeld, The Last Word, KSFR Santa Fe Public Radio

"The novel explores deep questions at the intersection of physics and philosophy, with characters you will love.”
- Alex Filippenko
UC Berkeley, Professor of Astronomy, and Distinguished Professor in the Physical Sciences

“This is a uniquely engaging love story filled with unforgettable characters and an imaginative plot that leaves you holding your breath for the dramatic conclusion.”
- Chris Flink
The Exploratorium of San Francisco, Executive Director

“Shades of Huxley and Asimov. Gary F. Bengier has created a science fiction adventure that is reminiscent of the masters.”
- Lee Scott, for the Florida Times-Union

"... an epic expedition into the nature of consciousness, God, Reality, and the minds of Man."
- IndieReader; IR Approved

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Unfettered Journey is the story of Joe Denkensmith, an AI scientist who seeks to create true robot consciousness. He leaves everything behind to find answers. But a mysterious woman on a personal mission interrupts his search. Fighting unjust forces, Joe is swept into an evil plot that neither can elude. Their struggles against machines, men, and nature test the resilience of the human spirit.

Set in a richly imagined near future, this is a cross-genre novel combining thrilling action, adventure, and a love story. It traces an epic journey – from inside the human mind to the vastness of space, from AIs battling in the desert to the peace of a mountain refuge. It asks social, spiritual, and philosophical questions that will linger. How does the will to survive bring clarity to the human experience? What would you sacrifice to achieve social justice?


"It's a captivating and fast-paced futuristic love story ... a future that feels eerily authentic..."
- She's Single Magazine

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Unfettered Journey Appendices

The rigorous philosophical ideas behind this novel are further examined in an academic book, Unfettered Journey Appendices: Philosophical Explorations on Time, Ontology, and the Nature of Mind. It is available in paperback and is included with the hardbound version of the novel. Go deep into the philosophy.