Gary F. Bengier
“I want to know the truth. I want to know how and why.”
Joe Denkensmith, Level 42, vidsnap: Year 2161
Set in a richly envisioned future world, Unfettered Journey is the story of an AI scientist who seeks to create robot consciousness and discovers the resilience of the human spirit.
The rigorous philosophical ideas behind this novel are further explained in an academic book, Unfettered Journey Appendices. It is available in paperback and is included with the hardbound version of the novel. Go deep into the philosophy.
We all have many journeys. Gary’s began in a small Midwest town, where he could play unfettered in the woods, finding an early love for nature and learning self-reliance. The space program and the night skies hooked him on astronomy. After finishing college, the wide world beckoned, and his fascination with science drew him to California to participate in the booming tech industry. Now he still stares upward, wondering what it all is about.
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