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Novel about software development and the contemporary U.S. social and political scene, 'Killing Time', published August 1st 2017

Killing Time is a novel based on real people, places, and events, such as the newly elected U.S. President firing the FBI Director, and Russian interference in the U.S. Presidential election. The story combines technology with wry comment on the social and political scene and follows the lives of Dave and Janie who work in software development.
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( PR4US.com | Press Release | 2017-08-03 17:55:56 )
Killing Time is a new novel based on real people, places, devices, and events, such as the newly elected U.S. President firing the FBI Director, and Russian interference in the U.S. Presidential election. The story combines technologies from robots to rockets with wry comment on the contemporary social and political scene.

The book is about computer software industry intrigue, and the real world is blended into the story, blurring the line between fiction and reality. It follows the lives of Dave and Janie, who work for the giant software maker 'Microcomputer Software' – MS. It's told with a sprinkling of humor from their perspective, and from the point of view of the book’s other characters, such as the U.S. Presidents Ronald Crump and Bara O'Bama.

Dave uses the MS Web Search Engine as the basis to develop a software 'Time Machine' Prediction Engine, or just 'Time', aka Tim the Time Machine, that can forecast future events. A rival software company tries to steal Time and the FBI investigates, but MS kills the project in a corporate reshuffle.

With the advent of Quantum computing and Time Crystal chips, MS resurrects the project and Dave heads it up. He builds a robot body to give Tim mobility, but as Tim ages he begins to fail and is replaced with two new humanoid robots, Rob and Tina. While Tina visits the International Space Station to conduct experiments, Rob teaches in England, and as a result of all the media attention Rob and Tina's fan club turns into the Church of Robonetics, much against their wishes!

The story predicts how intelligent machines will be accepted into society, from vacuuming robots and self-driving cars, to autonomous life-like robots. It also looks at topics such as religion and politics with a critical eye.

And just as in the real world, it's up to readers to decide what's factual and what's fictional. But to remind us that truth is stranger than fiction, after writing the book the author discovered that Microsoft Research is actually developing Prediction Engine software …


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