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Mind Painter


Loved it! 😍

Beautifully written, haunting, and provocative depiction of inter-planetary life spanning over three hundred years- highly recommend.

It's as if stepping into the scenes depicting inter-planetary life between earth, the moon, and mars in 25 years through the year 2350, the book is a powerful catalyst to say, 'the future is now' - and ask what choices would we make to create a different scenarios. 

The philosophical perspective variances between self, harmony, serving others, the daily battles one incurs, and wider spread afflictions on humanity are questions everyone should ask in terms of the implications and consequences of action, inaction, and decisions.

It's extremely well written - what is surprising is how effectively the author, Night seamlessly transitions between lyrical prose with beautiful imagery to starker realities of violence, nuclear and biological warfare, and grim circumstances.

The futuristic portrayal of mass extinctions, moon, and Mars colonization is one steeped in pervasive loneliness, lack of biodiversity that is deemed unhealthy, cyborgs that have the potential to live eternally but feel through neuro-transformers. It is questionable whether they are more robot or human-like when sliced into their machinery with plasma knives. Digital Intelligence is referred to as the higher-order.

Time travel sequence is strange in different passages. The discussion

of outdated directed energy directed weapons, but in the same year 2350, there is an acknowledgment of a lack of AI to solve maladies. Later, in another setting, the degree to which AI is described as a 'more synthetic intelligence -undoubtedly conscious to feel and experience and to have met at scale living many human years per second in the same year' suggests technological advancements may vary drastically across geographies or populations. The year  2045 echoes much of the present-day sentiment regarding not only the critical nature of the best tools and technologies but also the need for audacity. The Space Force turns out to be 'easier to destroy than create in its inability to protect satellites. It reads more like profound wisdom in raising awareness about the repercussions surrounding these risks than fiction.

The notion that mars run on the premise people and computers agreeing without government evolves into a kingdom 'unholy alliance' profits based on rational self-interest and a theme of desensitization of violence. Life between planets is the opposite of romanticized and described as, "technocrat saboteurs - paranoid survival mantra based on currency concerns, nuclear bunker residences, chemical experiences, pain explained by neurotransmitters, sexuality versus intimacy, and questions over how much of the human is artificial. 

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Author. Award-Winning Digital Curator and Social Entrepreneur. Obsessed with the intersection of innovation, arts, and culture. Relentless learner Always exploring - nearby trails or global treks. Grateful for my pup's constant prodding - forces me away from the computer screen.

Chapter 0: Soldier of Fortune

About the author

Tom B. Night is an American-Australian technologist and the author of Mind Painter. He grew up in the Northwest but has spent his career in San Francisco and visited many other cities and countries along the way. He explores other worlds—real, hypothesized, and imaginary—by writing science fiction. view profile

Published on November 17, 2020

70000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Science Fiction

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