By Gary Moreau. Cover art by David Lee Anderson.
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They lived in interesting times
Millennia have passed. Earth is no more than a hazy memory. The colonists of the planet Myphid are within a few generations of successfully terraforming the surface. The new starship is ready. It is a time of triumphant and expectation when an unwanted visitor arrives, a starship from Earth.
The Pinnacle is ancient, yet much of the crew has survived, frozen in stasis. The ship has been in transit for five thousand years. The only creature that is awake claims to have once been human. The Chairman of Myphid sends his most effective weapon to investigate, a genetically engineered assassin called a warden. The mind of a gentle academic, an expert on ancient Earth, is chosen as the database to be inserted into the programmable portion of the warden’s mind. But the transfer of data goes awry, and unselected memories pour into the assassin’s brain.
The "hardwired" warden is in conflict with his new, undisciplined database. He has a job to do. A dangerous alien presence is detected. Myphid is at risk. Yet his brain is filled with nonsensical thoughts of the woman who was awakened from the Pinnacle, a strange pull towards children and flowers, and a buring question screaming to be answered.
What does it mean to be human?
A hard-tech story with a human heart. This is a writer with promise.
— C.J. Cherryh
Gary Moreau is an accomplished visual artist as well as writer. He paints his challenging central character with a deft and subtle brush.
— Jane Fancher, Author of The Ring Series
The intrigue and suspense of Almost Human is carefully balanced with Gary Moreau’s understanding of where science fiction has always excelled: the cautionary tale. Don’t miss this one!
— Brian A. Hopkins, winner of the Bram Stoker Award