The Silent Voice by the late Christopher Hodder-Williams, is his standalone science fiction artificial intelligence thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.
This was originally published in 1977 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, and is a story pitting man against machine, as a group returns from a space mission only to find out that the computers have apparently taken over the world. Offered worldwide at Amazon.
Free for a limited time, available worldwide @ Amazon
The Machines are taking control…
Four men return to Earth from space. Barnes, Ullard, Hewitt, and Staffer have spent years orbiting Mars to collect data. But now they get to come home.
Suddenly, the onboard computer directs them to a new landing path. The men are beginning to feel uneasy. They haven’t been in contact with another human at Mission Control for a long time…
With no reserve fuel and tensions rising between the crew, they don’t question the new coordinates and safely touch down, back on Earth again.
But there’s no welcoming party.
The entire population seems caught by some mass delusion. The country is at war. Destruction reigns.
But the crew sees nothing wrong and no one can tell them anything.
What is going on?
Pieces slowly start to fall into place. Pieces about computer-generated, Blake-level poetry, about radio waves and controlling frequencies, and about warnings that were given before the launch.
Have computers taken over?
Can the crew fight back and regain humanity’s control of itself?
The Silent Voice is a gripping sci fi tale, examining the psychology of man as it butts up against the artificial intelligence of machine. Hodder-Williams mixes it all in an action-filled, cognitive thriller that asks the ultimate sci fi question: what happens when the computers take over?