In THE PHOENIX CODE (4.5) artificial intelligence expert Megan OFlannery is asked to supervise MindSims self-aware android project. Aris, an android prototype, begins to evolve with Megans reprogramming. Raj had signed up with MindSims competitor, Arizonix, to work on another project yet cancels his contract to work with Megan. Megan and Raj labor non-stop to bring Aris to full sentience. Catherine Asaro continues to dazzle us with brilliance in combining science, romance and adventure, while she raises issues about the morality of creating artificial intelligence and who decides what is ethical for whom. (Nov.)

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Kelly Rae Cooper