Author: William A Lasher
Book title: Unlawful Presence
Genre: Science Fiction
Publish date: 10/01/2019
A near future full length science fiction novel with politically charged satire and a healthy dose of black comedy.
Meet Nancy Johnson, the futuristic federal cop who deactivates illicit androids with her high voltage Annihilator weapon. Before Nancy had her brain inter-faced with an advanced AI processor, she was Vanessa Alvarado, a beautiful Colombian college student who knew Captain Dominguez as Oscar Mendoza, an American spy on a mission to infiltrate the Inca Resurrección, a dangerous drug gang based high in the Peruvian Andes.
And who’s side is Eddie Dominguez really on anyway? … And why did the same guy who gave him his undercover assignments introduce him to Winston February, the advanced Andy Smith Custom with the clinically insane creator who wants to eliminate the human race?
It’s within the realm of possibility that artificial intelligence could some day begin to think for itself. In the future, robots with cyber brains might begin making their own decisions, without the limitations of man’s organic brain, and without the foolish mistakes he makes because of his primitive instincts. Robots like Winston February, a super intelligent android who takes control of a worldwide corporation, and then tosses the owner out of a helicopter into the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
February offers Eddie a new job, smuggling illicit worker androids across the border. Eddie forms an alliance with an eccentric Mexican crime boss and makes millions. Everything is going great for Eddie and Larry and their screwball gang of computer programmers and truck driving misfits, but the cops are on to them. Just about the time the heat moves in, the robots turn on the humans, and Nancy’s DTIA agents make an astounding discovery …
Two weeks later, Oswaldo’s new killer thugs arrived at Pancho Villa International Airport on a connecting flight from Mexico City. Ángel and Jesús met them at the arrival gate.
“Pleased to meet you, Mr. Palomo,” said the lead android, “I’m Jim White your new Andy Smith killer thug, and these are my associates, Rod Clark and Bob Hall.” Jim, Rod and Bob? Ángel’s facial expression turned to a sarcastic grin as he slowly shook hands with Jim White … Oswaldo couldn’t get killer robots with Mexican names? These cats look like white-bread Americans, like car salesmen from Kansas City. For two million apiece we can’t get killer robots that look like Mexicans? … Well, at least they speak Spanish, he thought, they talk like real Mexican hitmen …
“How was your flight from Karachi?” said Ángel finally.
“Uneventful,” said Jim White.
“You guys got luggage or anything?” said Jesús.
“We’re killer androids,” said Bob Hall, “why would we have luggage?”
William A. “Bill” Lasher lives in the mountains of Western Colorado where he writes fiction and develops websites. He also owns a custom building and remodeling business, loves the outdoors, and spends at least a couple of hours every day hiking or skiing. Bill has been a prolific fiction writer all his life.
Though Unlawful Presence is rich in socio-political satire, Mr. Lasher emphasizes the fact that he set out to write the novel in an unbiased voice. Unlawful Presence is what he calls “pre-apocalyptic” sci-fi in that it examines the circumstances leading up to an AI apocalypse, and that’s what makes it different from frequently seen stories that take place in the dystopian aftermath.
He also writes in the steampunk genre and you can find his current serial “The Forsaken Zone” on his Surreal Science Fiction website at https://surrealsciencefiction.com … And yes, there is a sequel in the works for Unlawful Presence …