Series: The Pattern Universe #1
Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller
In the year 2020, a landslide awakens the AI of an alien Escape Pod which had crashed and sunk into a prehistoric swamp. Now it must utilize ancient patterning technology to reconstitute its Master. However, it proves no easy mission as it scours this strange new world for essential materials to rebuild.
As a homeless man, Zeke has worked hard to claim a back-alley as his own territory where a restaurant’s staff leave him food scraps. As if things aren’t bad enough Zeke’s on a dark government watchlist. He has a partial metal skull, forged from a meteorite and hammered into shape by a Middle-Eastern Blacksmith. The strange alloy has irreversibly bonded with his brain and is leaking into his DNA, changing it.
When the newly-revived Master discovers that the only source of an essential component for its ship is the foreign material in Zeke’s head, it faces a difficult moral dilemma. The Master comes from a race that reveres all biological life wherever it is found, and Zeke will die if the metal cap is removed.
It’s left to the AI to find another way?