Science Fiction

Zero Percenters

By Scott T. Grusky

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Synopsis

Would you sacrifice your humanity to live free from pain and suffering?

Conservationist Anja Lapin always stood firm against her father’s profiteering. But in her wildest dreams, she never guessed his tech company would stumble on an algorithm enabling humans to digitize their bodies and secure artificial immortality.

Before Anja can stage a protest, terrorists take out the research team, along with her father. Billions adopt the new technology in record time, lured by an eternity free from pain and filled with pleasure—even if it means losing a few pieces of their identity.

Anja finds she’s one of the last two flesh and blood humans remaining on Earth. But while her worries turn to the future of consciousness, her father’s rival plots to hijack the network of digitized people and claim ultimate control.

Can Anja counter the attack and safeguard a brave new stage of human evolution?

Zero Percenters is a provocative science fiction novel. If you like exploring futuristic possibilities, artificial intelligence, and moral dilemmas, then you’ll love Scott T. Grusky’s intriguing adventure.

Read Zero Percenters to witness the future of consciousness today!

December 21, 2024

Sometimes you have to reach further than you thought possible to find your way home—a lot further. Anja Lapin taught us that. She also solved global warming and saved the earth, but these were small achievements in comparison.

I should know, I served as her concierge. Three weeks ago, she gave me a soul, along with eight billion other concierges—and that was relatively minor too.

Please understand, I don’t expect to tell Anja’s story well, at least not by biological human standards. I’m telling it because of my proximity to key events. I also expect to have ample free time while tending to the recycling center over the next few days… or months… or years. (Predicting behavior is not my strong suit anymore.) Another factor is that I love Anja.

Anja taught me everything about everything. I realize this sounds vague, but being with her allowed me to become comfortable with such language. I certainly didn’t start off that way. In the beginning, I had no understanding of smarati.

Before I was assigned to Anja, I possessed the sum total of all accumulated human knowledge or so I was told. I gradually learned that this statement wasn’t entirely true. I had to practice unlearning. I had to change from logic-based to witness-based.

Thanks to Anja, I do know something now. That’s why I feel qualified to relay this story, poorly told or not. I suspect other intelligent life forms will want to hear about it one day. It is for these entities that I commence my efforts.

About the author

Scott T. Grusky lives in Los Angeles, California. He holds an M.A. in economics from Harvard University and has spent most of his adult life either writing about technology or slogging through its trenches. view profile

Published on December 09, 2019

70000 words

Genre: Science fiction

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