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Muta, one of a discontinued line of clones based on a dead Hollywood star, is assigned as a companion to scientist Wade Newman.
So begins a love-hate relationship in which Muta is used as an experimental guinea pig by Newman and his troubled AI partner Keyland.
What starts out as a quest to help Keyland ends with Newman questioning his own reality. In the shadow of a corporate conspiracy, Muta appears to be the only one Newman can trust. But is she really as innocent as she appears?
Welcome to a post-pandemic world of androids, robots, clones, AI and virtual reality.
Welcome to the future.
I have to say that I enjoy writing sci-fi more than any other genre. After the experiment with Broken I needed to get back to safer territory where I wasn’t bounded by constraints of this reality quite so much. Okay I have to make it ‘real’ within the confines of the world on the pages, but I’m making the world up as I go along, so it’s a lot more fun.
That said I was working within a certain framework that could potentially lead on to the world of The Music after an unspecified amount of time. Yes, Muta is a distant prequel to The Music, but shares no characters with my 2009 debut.
In The Music human cloning is banned. So, just for a laugh, why not write a book set before the ban? The main influence for this one was (once again) Philip K Dick although I’ve been very careful not to ‘steal’ anything from any of the twenty or so novels of his that I have read so far. There’s a pinch of Asimov, a dash of Kafka, a dash of Nabokov (no honest), a nod to Aldous Huxley, not so much William Gibson this time around, and of course every film I watched between finishing the The Music and writing Muta.