"This is the most unique book I have read in a very long time" --Readers' Favorite
A brilliant scientist creates a brilliant robot. Working together, they beat the stock market. But which one will survive the battle for love?
When Bogdan Bogdanov, a troubled cybernetics genius, creates Semmant, a robot living inside a computer, he feels on top of the world. Semmant takes on the capital markets and makes money with the ruthless efficiency of a machine. Bogdan grows richer by the day, but when he falls deeply for the irresistible Lidia, Semmant's artificial mind faces a new challenge. The robot becomes involved in a genuine human drama and is forced to confront the cruelty of real life. He discovers the eternal joy of what it means to have free will, but it takes him to a destination no one could have predicted.
This is a tale of lust and affection, an erotically charged story of betrayal and murder. It explores the scope of human feelings from a truly unique point of view. Universal chaos and the strict laws of society; precise mathematical rules and the elusive nature of love: all interact and clash, working together and against one another. Tragedy looms, but free will fights back - bringing hope that lasts forever.
A Russian scientist with a PhD from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, a widely recognized leader in the field of artificial intelligence, an entrepreneur in high-tech development, Vadim Babenko closed the door on his past achievements to fulfill his desire to write. We his readers are in his debt.
In Semmant (not his first novel), Babenko has created a fascinating story, peopled with unbelievable characters in whom we believe nonetheless. He introduces emotions where we would not expect to find them, and keeps us rapidly turning the pages to learn the fate of his protagonist, a genius in cybernetics named Bogdan Bogdanov, who creates a “gift for the world” named Semmant.
This literary work of fiction, which defiantly transcends the ordinary scheme of genres, begins in Bogdan’s white-walled room in an elite mental institution near Madrid, where he is erotically contemplating the sexual merits of his various nurses and pondering his chances of enticing one or another of them into his bed. As the sun sets behind the jagged mountain peaks that comprise the view from his window, and the institutionalized genius awaits a gourmet dinner accompanied by an expensive French wine, he begins composing his evening letter to Semmant—his friend, whom he can never desert.
Bogdan’s thoughts laze across the course of his life since the discovery of his phenomenal giftedness in mathematical calculation—an Indigo child, they had called him. While this afforded him an excellent education, he remained a misfit in society, seldom forging friendships, including with women.
Finally stumbling into the field of artificial intelligence, Bogdan glimpses a path for his future. As a means to an income, he has always earned more than his share in the stock market. What if he applied artificial intelligence to the task? Yes! He acquires state-of-the-art knowledge in the field and leaves yet another job—this time for entrepreneurship.
Bogdan decides on Madrid as his new home, finds an apartment, and begins the creation of a robot in a computer. He expends much money and many months in meticulously programming the robot to successfully challenge the financial markets of the world. Finally his work is done. Not surprisingly, a relationship of sorts has emerged between Bogdan and his creation. He affectionately names it Semmant and sometimes whimsically sends him messages, as to a friend. Semmant, housed in his gleaming computer, learns to respond in kind—in almost human terms.
As Semmant settles in to work, and money pours into the trading account, Bogdan goes out to play, to enjoy the amusements and the women of Madrid. Unfortunately, his success with Semmant has not spilled over to his savoir faire. Though his money attracts, Bogdan cannot understand (and certainly cannot program!) women, especially the intriguingly erotic, violently emotional, red-haired Lidia Alvares Alvares. Their initial passionate love affair gives way to an undulating path of hot and cold, which pushes Bogdan to create another colorful character, this time pseudonymously on the e-pages of a literary forum. The exploits of a high-class prostitute named Adele titillate the forum members, including an unwitting Lidia. As her character develops, Adele is lent a resemblance to Cervantes’ Dulcinea in attracting a knight in shining armor.
Babenko brings his compelling story to an emotionally charged and thought-provoking conclusion—one this reviewer will likely not forget.
Editor’s Note: This is this is one of the best books that I have recently read. I loved the writing and the complexity of the story along with the many subtle philosophical questions and dilemmas that it presents. Semmant is Babenko’s third novel. His first two, The Black Pelican and A Simple Soul, were both nominated for the Russian National Bestseller Awards and the Big Book Awards (the Russian equivalent of the Booker Awards), Russia’s most prestigious literary awards.
Spurning offers from publishers in his native Russia, multi-award-nominated author Vadim Babenko launches his American literary career with SEMMANT, a 21st-century tale of lust, greed, and affection that explores the scope of human emotion from a truly unique point of view.
BROOKFIELD, Wis., March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- A brilliant scientist creates a brilliant robot. Working together, they beat the stock market. But which one will survive the battle for love?
How does a man of genius find his place in the modern world? What happens when an artificial mind becomes involved in a genuine human drama? What is the true price of free will?
These and other questions are explored, with shocking results, in SEMMANT, the new novel by Vadim Babenko, an award-nominated Russian author who turned down lucrative offers from Russian publishers to publish the book in the US on his own terms. SEMMANT focuses on the clash between the cruelty of the real world and the eternal principles of humanity. Only these principles are protected by a being not entirely human…
"This is very modern fiction and my intention is to reach an audience open to new concepts and ideas," says Babenko. "That's why I chose to publish it myself and in English rather than waste time dealing with the Russian publishing industry. Going the traditional route would obviously have been much easier, but I wanted to take control and publish my book my way."
This is not Babenko's first dramatic leap of faith. Twenty years ago, with only a few hundred dollars in his pocket, he left his nativeMoscow and came to the US where, along with his Russian partner, he co-founded a high-tech company in Maryland. Eight years later, the company, InforMax, Inc., went public on Nasdaq. But at the pinnacle of that success, Babenko, to the astonishment of everybody, turned his back on the corporate world to pursue his love of writing and has never looked back. He moved to Europe and published five books including two novels, THE BLACK PELICAN and A SIMPLE SOUL, both nominated for Russia's most prestigious literary awards. And now he is returning to his entrepreneurial roots by becoming his own publisher and publishing the world's first edition of SEMMANT.
SEMMANT will be available in eBook format from Amazon for Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Apple's iBooks, and other digital publishers in April, 2013 and in paperback and hardback from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and other online and retail bookstores in May, 2013.
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