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99.9997% of all humans have been wiped out by a very suspicious virus. SIMPOC’s programmer doesn’t come in to work, that day, the next; or ever. The commander of the space station Oasis, Joan Herl is forced to abandon the station because of dwindling resources. When they land on earth they are attacked by another thinking computer who would do anything to protect itself an 99.9997% of all humans have been wiped out by a very suspicious virus. SIMPOC’s programmer doesn’t come in to work, that day, the next; or ever. The commander of the space station Oasis, Joan Herl is forced to abandon the station because of dwindling resources. When they land on earth they are attacked by another thinking computer who would do anything to protect itself and to continue thinking. The moon colony Dessert Beach, is trapped as their resources are running out and they must decide when to come home. They have only lifeboats to carry them back to the lifeless earth and what will they find when they enter the atmosphere and land. The astronauts trapped on the Mars colony Red Dirt are in worse condition. Their systems will break down and resources will run out. Coming home for them is a different story. The lifeboats aren’t made for that purpose and must be rebuilt before the colony breaks down. Should they stay and take their chances on Mars, or should they journey back to earth.


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99.9997% of all humans have been wiped out by a very suspicious virus. SIMPOC’s programmer doesn’t come in to work, that day, the next; or ever. The commander of the space station Oasis, Joan Herl is forced to abandon the station because of dwindling resources. When they land on earth they are attacked by another thinking computer who would do anything to protect itself an 99.9997% of all humans have been wiped out by a very suspicious virus. SIMPOC’s programmer doesn’t come in to work, that day, the next; or ever. The commander of the space station Oasis, Joan Herl is forced to abandon the station because of dwindling resources. When they land on earth they are attacked by another thinking computer who would do anything to protect itself and to continue thinking. The moon colony Dessert Beach, is trapped as their resources are running out and they must decide when to come home. They have only lifeboats to carry them back to the lifeless earth and what will they find when they enter the atmosphere and land. The astronauts trapped on the Mars colony Red Dirt are in worse condition. Their systems will break down and resources will run out. Coming home for them is a different story. The lifeboats aren’t made for that purpose and must be rebuilt before the colony breaks down. Should they stay and take their chances on Mars, or should they journey back to earth.

54 review for Simpoc The Thinking Computer

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lis Carey

    SIMPOC is a new kind of computer, a computer with an organic processor. It can think. It's learning its abilities and about the world, accessing news sources and talking to its programmer. In particular, SIMPOC is tracking a disturbing new virus, that seems to have an alarmingly high fatality rate. Then one day its programmer does not come in to work. Or the next day, or the next. Checking on other computers in the facility, it finds that other humans are not coming to work, either. Checking on t SIMPOC is a new kind of computer, a computer with an organic processor. It can think. It's learning its abilities and about the world, accessing news sources and talking to its programmer. In particular, SIMPOC is tracking a disturbing new virus, that seems to have an alarmingly high fatality rate. Then one day its programmer does not come in to work. Or the next day, or the next. Checking on other computers in the facility, it finds that other humans are not coming to work, either. Checking on the outside world via its news sources reveals that fewer and fewer people anywhere are taking any actions that make them visible to computers. SIMPOC is on its own, with only its control of the other, lower-level computers in its own facility, including a small number of less-capable AIs. And if it's going to keep computing, it needs to organize its resources, make sure it and the other computers continue to get power--and hopefully find any surviving humans. They do find surviving humans--on Mars, the Moon, and a space station. They also discover there's another computer like SIMPOC, with an organic processor, and that computer's programmer was seriously paranoid. It regards the remaining humans, as well as any computers not under its control, as threats. This is a really neat story, well worth the couple of hours it takes to listen to it. Recommended. I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, and am reviewing it voluntarily.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ryne

    Really cool premise, but the story landed a bit flat and technical for me to fully enjoy it. I liked the format of the computer programs interacting with each other and the humans. I just never felt invested in it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shane Phillips

    Got audiobook from author and I must say I really enjoyed the story. I think the audiobook enhanced it with the voices.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Emmy

    4.5 🌟🌟🌟🌟💫 SIMPOC was more enjoyable as a stand alone than with the Virus. Although some of the computer jargon was lost on me, it was very creative and I was easily engrossed while listening to it. The primary focus on the computers with minimal human interaction was wholesome. I thoroughly enjoyed the audiobook and recommend it. It was easier to follow than reading the book! (It provided an easy-to-follow Julian date line as well!)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    SIMPOC is a new AI and his programmer is just starting to introduce it to the wide world. However, a new deadly virus breaks out and spreads like wildfire. Pretty soon, SIMPOC is having to think and act on it’s own, and SIMPOC chooses to protect the few humans it can find – in space. This was a fascinating story of AI and world calamity. Yep, lots of meat to this little story. First, I enjoyed how the AI came about, being programmed and brought into consciousness on purpose. Then there’s the care SIMPOC is a new AI and his programmer is just starting to introduce it to the wide world. However, a new deadly virus breaks out and spreads like wildfire. Pretty soon, SIMPOC is having to think and act on it’s own, and SIMPOC chooses to protect the few humans it can find – in space. This was a fascinating story of AI and world calamity. Yep, lots of meat to this little story. First, I enjoyed how the AI came about, being programmed and brought into consciousness on purpose. Then there’s the careful, graded introduction of SIMPOC to the world. As SIMPOC explores newsfeeds from around the world, it comes across the Havarti virus. It is asked by the programmer to monitor it. The Havarti virus is named after a cheese for a reason folks. Yep. I will let you contemplate the disgusting aspects of that. Pretty soon, SIMPOC is on it’s own. And this is where the second interesting part of the story steps in – all the humans in space. There’s astronauts in orbit on the space station Oasis, some on a Moon colony, others on a Mars colony. They each have their own challenges. The action really picks up as SIMPOC tries to keep these humans alive. But there are forces working against SIMPOC, so this new AI must be clever and quick and sneaky. I had a lot of fun listening to this story. My one criticism is that there is only one female character, Joan, who is the commander of the space station, and she doesn’t show up until perhaps half way into the story. Obviously, I would like to see a better gender balance, especially since this is a world calamity and science fiction where women get to do more than tend house and have babies. Joan is written well and is integral to the story so I hope the author continues to write female characters into the story line as the series goes forward. The tale wraps up the arc for this part of the story but leaves open the bigger picture for a second book (yay!). In fact, the audiobook has a preview of Book 2 at the end. It will be interesting to see what SIMPOC does next and how the remaining humans react to it in the long term. I received a copy of this audiobook from the author (via the GoodReads Audiobooks group) at no cost in exchange for an honest review. Narration: Zachary Johnson did a very nice job with this book. He had distinct voices for all the characters and the one female character had a believable feminine voice. I liked his slightly clipped, very practical, calm voice for SIMPOC.

  6. 5 out of 5

    derf

    Full disclosure: I received the Audible audiobook for Simpoc for free from audiobookblast dot com in exchange for an honest review. I had just finished reading Calum Chace’s novel Pandora’s Brain about the emergence of an artificial general intelligence, and was looking for a short novella dealing with a similar topic. I came across Simpoc and it seemed interesting. Simpoc stands for Synapse Integrated Massive Parallel Organic Computer. Current computer technology utilizes silicon-based processo Full disclosure: I received the Audible audiobook for Simpoc for free from audiobookblast dot com in exchange for an honest review. I had just finished reading Calum Chace’s novel Pandora’s Brain about the emergence of an artificial general intelligence, and was looking for a short novella dealing with a similar topic. I came across Simpoc and it seemed interesting. Simpoc stands for Synapse Integrated Massive Parallel Organic Computer. Current computer technology utilizes silicon-based processors, but some believe that in the future, computers will have organic components and will operate similar to the human brain. Moreover, in 2010, as reported in Nature Physics (see doi:10.1038/nphys1636), an American/Japanese collaboration successfully built a computer-like device using organic molecules. I was a little disappointed at first listening to Simpoc, in that there is really no discussion of the technology involved. This book isn’t really a “techno” fiction book similar to Chace’s Pandora’s Brain or Daniel Suarez’s Deamon. But as I listened more, I found that there is a lot to like in this story. There’s a lot of action, astronauts trapped in space, catastrophic events happening on earth, evil scientists, compelling human characters, and at the center of it all is Simpoc, the organic computer that has become self-aware and wishes to help humankind. The story is well written and a page-turner once you get past the introductory chapters. Regarding the audiobook format, this was the first time I had listened to Zachary Johnson I really enjoyed his narration of the book and thought he did a solid job with the different voices. Bottom line, I really liked this short book and would recommend it. However, I need to mention that it is part of a series, so you need to read the subsequent books to see what happens.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Norma

    ( Format : Audiobook ) A book I would recommend to anyone who enjoys real science fiction at it's best. It is an apocalyptical tale told from an unique perspective. 2051. A devastating virus is sweeping the world only days after the prototype organic A.I. is first brought 'to life' and begins it's tentative learning of the world under the careful control of a human contact. Built to have cognitive abilities, S.I.M.P.O.C.is just becoming aware of concepts like self and death when his controller fai ( Format : Audiobook ) A book I would recommend to anyone who enjoys real science fiction at it's best. It is an apocalyptical tale told from an unique perspective. 2051. A devastating virus is sweeping the world only days after the prototype organic A.I. is first brought 'to life' and begins it's tentative learning of the world under the careful control of a human contact. Built to have cognitive abilities, S.I.M.P.O.C.is just becoming aware of concepts like self and death when his controller fails to return to him. He is alone. But he reaches out to the other terminals he knows exist and takes control. There are a few humans still alive - in space. And, unexpectedly, another organic based A.I. but this latter refuses all communication and seems hostile. Can SIMPOC survive and help the stranded humans? The story is told through the communications. It is a difficult enough task for a narrator to give realistic and distinctive voice to human protagonists. In this book Zachary Johnson not only does this but also has to provide the voices of several computers, making them sound authentically mechanical but still easy on the ear. He does this to perfection and, far from seeming just bland, manages to invest SIMPOK in particular with an internal feeling which shows through the unemotional reading. The last minutes of the book offer a preview of the second part of the SIMPOC story which I will definitely listen to very shortly. But first I want to hear the human side of this same time frame which I understand is covered in Virus, 72 hours to live. My thanks to Mr.Perreault who gifted me a copy of his excellent book without any obligation  Highly recommended

  8. 5 out of 5

    Adrian

    My rating: 4 stars Audiobook narrator Zachary Johnson rating: 5 stars I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was very interesting and well-paced. I really liked the beginning and describing the viral situation. It set the tone of the novel well. Naming the virus after a cheese-like symptom is great (and gross)! I really enjoyed the communication between the computers and the people who were isolated from Earth. I felt that the author captured the feelings very well and m My rating: 4 stars Audiobook narrator Zachary Johnson rating: 5 stars I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was very interesting and well-paced. I really liked the beginning and describing the viral situation. It set the tone of the novel well. Naming the virus after a cheese-like symptom is great (and gross)! I really enjoyed the communication between the computers and the people who were isolated from Earth. I felt that the author captured the feelings very well and made me believe this is how it would be in the future. I like how the space station folks were confused by SIMPOC’s naming schemes since I was too! My one minor complaint would be that I feel that I didn’t get a good idea of how all the computers were supposed to look like. I very well might have missed that and understood a little better towards the end but I think that would have helped me. I also didn’t read the goodreads description until just now and I feel that it reveals too much about the book. I suppose I prefer to know less about short books like this one. The narrator was terrific for this book. He captured the computer voices well and had a nice pace and attitude. I liked his voices for the people on the moon and especially on Mars (maybe a hint towards the book Red Rising??). Thanks for the free audiobook!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bookwyrm Speaks

    SIMPOC is the name for the bio-organic computer artificial intelligence a big tech company has created. It is a learning computer, gaining vast knowledge as it is further exposed to different data sources. When its creator one day asks it if it has noticed any trends in data, it tells him it has noticed the rise of a virulent disease in Eastern Europe that has 100% mortallity rate. andthus starts a story of the end of the world as we know it, as the Harvarti virus quickly overtakes humanity. SIM SIMPOC is the name for the bio-organic computer artificial intelligence a big tech company has created. It is a learning computer, gaining vast knowledge as it is further exposed to different data sources. When its creator one day asks it if it has noticed any trends in data, it tells him it has noticed the rise of a virulent disease in Eastern Europe that has 100% mortallity rate. andthus starts a story of the end of the world as we know it, as the Harvarti virus quickly overtakes humanity. SIMPOC does what he can to help the survivors, including the astronouts stuck on Mars, the Moon, and the Space Station, all while fighting off the minions of his brother computer at another facility. I cant spell out the end without spoilers, but it leads to the next book in the series, well worth checking out. The story has an interesting way of progressing, basically telling the story from the point of view of SIMPOC, who hasnt been turned on for but a few days before the end starts to come about. The author does an amazing job showing the growing pains a new computer intelligence would have, all while not turning it into a terminator/berzerker story. As far as narration, Zachary Johnson does a great job with the different characters and with the narrative flow, bringing the story to life. Any fans of end of the world type sci fo stories should check this one and ists sequels and various spin offs out. I was given a copy of this book free of charge by the author in exchange for an honest review throuogh Audiobookblast.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Dale Keck

    Some on Kindle Unlimited bit more surprised than used to, read a LOT and in a lot of genres, lot of things going on in this story, and the writer told it well. Also just read SIMPOC by same writer, Gemini, and Science Fiction Anthology: Vol1 which has "Progeny" "The Greatest Host" "Circle is Closed" ‘Good Morning…’ Same genre basically but definite differences in each type of book somehow Kindle Unlimited Odd but enjoyable. book 1 99.9997% of all humans have been wiped out by a very suspicious v Some on Kindle Unlimited bit more surprised than used to, read a LOT and in a lot of genres, lot of things going on in this story, and the writer told it well. Also just read SIMPOC by same writer, Gemini, and Science Fiction Anthology: Vol1 which has "Progeny" "The Greatest Host" "Circle is Closed" ‘Good Morning…’ Same genre basically but definite differences in each type of book somehow Kindle Unlimited Odd but enjoyable. book 1 99.9997% of all humans have been wiped out by a very suspicious virus. SIMPOC’s programmer doesn’t come in to work, that day, the next; or ever. The commander of the space station Oasis, Joan Herl is forced to abandon the station because of dwindling resources. When they land on earth they are attacked by another thinking computer who would do anything to protect itself and to continue thinking. Book 2 of SIMPOC Series – Joan Herl the commander of the space station Oasis and her husband Colonel Tom Herl, contact Admiral Hagerly who is the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. He, President Patterson and the remainder of the government have taken refuge on the aircraft carrier Fittsburg in the middle of the Atlantic. The few remaining humans welcome the returning crew members from the moon colony Desert Beach Virus: 72 Hours to Live (Virus/Earth II Book 1) Virus-Earth's Last Battle Earth II-You Have no Honor (Virus Book 3) Earth II: Rebirth (Virus Book 4) Earth II - Julius the First (Virus/Earth II Book 5) Also {SIMPOX box set is books 1 & 2}, singles, and possibly other box sets

  11. 5 out of 5

    Elena Alvarez Dosil

    I received a copy of this book in audio format from the author in exchange for an honest review. SIMPOC, a new kind of computer comes to life and finds that his programmer is not coming back to work, and that most of humanity has been wiped out of earth by a deadly virus. SIMPOC creates connections to other computers and makes his mission to save the few human beens still alive. I loved this book at first, when SIMPOC discovers his existence and he evolves and connects to other machines. The narra I received a copy of this book in audio format from the author in exchange for an honest review. SIMPOC, a new kind of computer comes to life and finds that his programmer is not coming back to work, and that most of humanity has been wiped out of earth by a deadly virus. SIMPOC creates connections to other computers and makes his mission to save the few human beens still alive. I loved this book at first, when SIMPOC discovers his existence and he evolves and connects to other machines. The narrator and audio production helped a lot here, with different voices and sound effects. I did not mind listening to a book about computers from the computers' point of view, but then the humans entered the scene and I could not get completely into it. Zachary Johnson's voice was perfect for the robot personifications, but for humans it was just to plain, with no emotion, and that made it difficult for me to connect to them. It also seemed that they were not fully developed, completely normal in a short book like this one, but I feel that their appearance was a bit abrupt and towards the end of the book, which did not give me time to feel a lot for them. I loved the concept of this book, but I felt it a bit disjointed towards the end, probably because this is just the first of two books. Let's see what's next.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    SIMPOC To The Rescue I really enjoyed this short story about the creation of SIMPOC (Synapse Integrated Massive Parallel Organic Computer). A story mainly about what a computer programmed by a good man can become. This book is action packed, after the first few chapters, including a plague that quickly wipes out most of the human race, people at their best and worse, astronauts trapped in space, and even an organic computer (or two). As a side note: SIMPOC shows us why airline stewards always have SIMPOC To The Rescue I really enjoyed this short story about the creation of SIMPOC (Synapse Integrated Massive Parallel Organic Computer). A story mainly about what a computer programmed by a good man can become. This book is action packed, after the first few chapters, including a plague that quickly wipes out most of the human race, people at their best and worse, astronauts trapped in space, and even an organic computer (or two). As a side note: SIMPOC shows us why airline stewards always have you put on your own oxygen mask first before helping others (children, hysterical husband...). You need to have yourself under control and safe in order to have a clear mind and protect others in need. Zachary Johnson gave an enjoyable narration with a good use of different voices & personalities. He also did an excellent job with the voice of SIMPOC. This audiobook was provided at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Eric Reeves

    This was a great listen. Wished it had lasted longer. Getting ready to listen to the second part, "Human Remnants". Hope to learn a lot more about the characters and some of the backstory behind everything that went on in this one. Basically, this is a fast paced apocalypse and just gives you snippets into how AI could conceivably come to the forefront of evolution in a rapid way. I like this idea and hope to read more about it from RJP. Again in this book, there are interactions with humans and This was a great listen. Wished it had lasted longer. Getting ready to listen to the second part, "Human Remnants". Hope to learn a lot more about the characters and some of the backstory behind everything that went on in this one. Basically, this is a fast paced apocalypse and just gives you snippets into how AI could conceivably come to the forefront of evolution in a rapid way. I like this idea and hope to read more about it from RJP. Again in this book, there are interactions with humans and AI that I find fascinating. The reactions from both sides seem completely feasible. There seems to be distrust on both sides while they trust each other to get through tough situations. Very neat dynamic. Narration was very good. Enjoyed the swapping between voices and it was pretty consistent. Can't wait for the next one! I received a free copy of this audio book for an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Vishakha Motwani

    I seem to like almost anything that has robots and their weird behavior in it, when SIMPOC is activated it initially the naive questions it has and the way it speaks "SIMPOC doesn't now how to do this" is quite funny. It is a really a nice short story, where a deadly virus has wiped the entire human race on Earth and how SIMPOC hardly being into this world for a few days decides to take charge and save humans in a quite intelligent manner. The narration was really good, with the robotic voices for I seem to like almost anything that has robots and their weird behavior in it, when SIMPOC is activated it initially the naive questions it has and the way it speaks "SIMPOC doesn't now how to do this" is quite funny. It is a really a nice short story, where a deadly virus has wiped the entire human race on Earth and how SIMPOC hardly being into this world for a few days decides to take charge and save humans in a quite intelligent manner. The narration was really good, with the robotic voices for all the computers, there was enough variation to know who was talking. Thanks to the author/publisher/narrator for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Stevens

    I received a free audible edition of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. The synopsis here is that most of the human race has been wiped out by a virus, and its up to a computer named Simpoc, who recently became self aware, to save the day. Suspense and action are supposed to draw you into the story, as supplies dwindle and another self aware computer ups the anti. The plot was there, but I wasn't getting drawn in. I think it was a bit too technical for me. I think it was also the I received a free audible edition of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. The synopsis here is that most of the human race has been wiped out by a virus, and its up to a computer named Simpoc, who recently became self aware, to save the day. Suspense and action are supposed to draw you into the story, as supplies dwindle and another self aware computer ups the anti. The plot was there, but I wasn't getting drawn in. I think it was a bit too technical for me. I think it was also the narrator. He did make a convincing voice for computer, and he was easy to understand. But his voice was just a bit too monotone to keep my mind from wandering.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Julian White

    An interesting take on the self-aware computer taking over the world - from the computer's point of view. It develops in an unexpected direction, as well - not the megalomaniac machine that is perhaps the usual trope; here it's forced by circumstances beyond its control. There's a sequel, too! This was a freebie. An interesting take on the self-aware computer taking over the world - from the computer's point of view. It develops in an unexpected direction, as well - not the megalomaniac machine that is perhaps the usual trope; here it's forced by circumstances beyond its control. There's a sequel, too! This was a freebie.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Deedra

    Zachary Johnson does a good job with narrating this short book.Everyone on Earth gets a virus just as a computer with intellegence comes online.Astronauts are left in space and when they return life on Earth is changed forever. A good first book in a series. This audiobook was provided to me at no cost for a fair and honest review

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    Ali Kerr

    Short Story. Interesting concept, blah ending

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