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Daryl Scott
The Andronaut's Journey
Embark on an expedition through the cosmos in The Andronaut’s Journey. Join the crew of the spaceship Novara, an eclectic blend of humans and pioneering androids with advanced artificial intelligence, as they travel to a volatile dwarf planet seeking a precious isotope. The crew's adventure becomes a rollercoaster ride of heart-stopping moments — a blend of fears and courage, doubts and hope — as they race to secure the isotope and flee the restless planet before it self-destructs. But their perilous mission is just the backdrop to an even more profound quest — understanding the overlap between humans and AI. As they return to Arcadia Base on Mars, they carry with them not just the cargo from their mission, but also an escalating tension between the human crew and the intelligent robots. Driven by apprehensions about the AI beings among them, the crew and the androids struggle for understanding of the roles of humans and artificial intelligence. At the crossroads of a new era, humans and androids must find common ground or face an eternal power struggle. The Andronaut’s Journey is a fascinating space opera that explores the profound question of what makes us who we are, in an age where the line between biology and technology is not just blurred, but almost invisible.
In this provocative SF adventure, humans and advanced AI must work together to save Earth from the catastrophic damage of climate change. State-of-the-art Andronaut Zaylen is the first autonomous android designed for deep space exploration. With a human crew at the helm, Zaylen and his team must traverse a volatile alien planet and secure Tridisiom, an isotope with the ability to restore Earth. Tensions rise over the crew’s divided attitude toward dependance on AI, all as Zaylen wrestles with his growing need for acceptance from his human colleagues. Meanwhile, Earth’s fate rests in the ability of man and machine bridging a partnership, but embracing new complex technology proves more challenging than anticipated.

Scott creates fast-paced action that volleys between efforts to save Earth, protect the lives of the crew from various unforeseen perils, and, for Zalen, understand an android’s place within human society. Scott employs this repetitive pattern to build empathy between readers and the Andronaut by providing Zaylen ample nail-biting opportunities to prove his importance to humanity. Shocking twists keep readers engaged while Scott quickly escalates the tension between humans and AI. On the page, a palpable divide grows with some characters embracing the impressive tech abilities presented by Zaylen and others expressing their fearful and suspicious concerns of the Andronaut’s enhanced skills. Zaylen serves as a compelling catalyst to incisive and in-depth debates revolving around the complexities of machines’ integration into civilization.

Scott’s passion regarding innovative technological advancements shines through the narrative and sparks meaningful questions readers will feel compelled to investigate long after the final page. Several intriguing topics are explored such as will humanity eventually be replaced by androids and what if androids develop the ability to reject their code and go rogue? Readers interested in exploring the role of AI integrating with humanity will enjoy this compelling story.

Takeaway: A provocative adventure diving into AI’s role in human civilization.

Comparable Titles: Tony Laplume’s Sapo Saga, Martha Wells’s Murderbot Diaries.

Production grades
Cover: B+
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: A-
Marketing copy: A-