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The Andronaut's Journey

A daring space adventure. A divided starship crew. A clash between organic and artificial intelligence.

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A Journey Towards Understanding

Embark on an expedition through the cosmos in The Andronaut’s Journey. Join the crew of the spaceship Novara, an eclectic blend of humans and pioneering androids with advanced artificial intelligence, as they travel to a volatile dwarf planet seeking a precious isotope. The crew's adventure becomes a rollercoaster ride of heart-stopping moments — a blend of fears and courage, doubts and hope — as they race to secure the isotope and flee the restless planet before it self-destructs.

But their perilous mission is just the backdrop to an even more profound quest — understanding the overlap between humans and AI. As they return to Arcadia Base on Mars, they carry with them not just the cargo from their mission, but also an escalating tension between the human crew and the intelligent machines. Driven by apprehensions about the AI beings among them, the crew and the androids struggle for understanding of the roles of humans and artificial intelligence.

At the crossroads of a new era, humans and androids must find common ground or face an eternal power struggle. The Andronaut’s Journey is a fascinating space opera that explores the profound question of what makes us who we are, in an age where the line between biology and technology is not just blurred, but almost invisible.

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The Andronaut's Journey book Starship Novara

Starship Novara

The deep space exploration starship Novara is an impressive oblong ship measuring approximately 35 meters wide and 120 meters in length. At the rear of the hull, three large engine pods glow with the captivating purple hue of ionized plasma. Rows of tiny windows line the sides of the ship, softly illuminated a yellow-white from within, providing glimpses into the living quarters for the crew of eighty-five, the command center, and the research labs on the far side of the ship’s hull.

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Planet Kelvadra

The terrain is a patchwork of geological wonders. Jagged outcrops of crystalline compound sparkle in vibrant shades of blue. Their reflective surfaces cast a mesmerizing glow that shimmers with the ever-shifting magenta and lavender colors of the atmosphere. Gaping rifts of varying sizes crisscross the surface, their openings belching out continuous plumes of reddish-gray smoke and gases. From small cracks to yawning chasms, they confirm the turbulent forces churning within the depths of the dwarf planet.

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Mars Arcadia Base

The thriving world of Arcadia Base is a microcosm alive with activity amidst the rust-hued Martian landscape. The vast complex sprawls across the Martian landscape, its network of massive residential and research domes demonstrating humanity’s determination to branch out into new worlds. The clear tubes of the advanced monorail network, like a vein of civilization carved into the alien landscape, connect the domes throughout the sprawling complex.

Andronaut™ — an autonomous space exploration android powered by advanced artificial intelligence.

    A provocative adventure diving into AI’s role in human civilization.

In this provocative SF adventure, humans and advanced AI must work together to save Earth from the catastrophic damage of climate change. State-of-the-art Andronaut Zaylen is the first autonomous android designed for deep space exploration. With a human crew at the helm, Zaylen and his team must traverse a volatile alien planet and secure Tridisiom, an isotope with the ability to restore Earth. Tensions rise over the crew’s divided attitude toward dependance on AI, all as Zaylen wrestles with his growing need for acceptance from his human colleagues. Meanwhile, Earth’s fate rests in the ability of man and machine bridging a partnership, but embracing new complex technology proves more challenging than anticipated...  Read Full Review

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About the Author


Daryl L. Scott

Daryl L. Scott is an author and a tech innovator who has witnessed and shaped the evolution of technology from the inside. His early intrigue with technology, sparked in the era of programmable calculators and burgeoning desktop computers, matured into a enduring relationship with the ever-evolving tech landscape. Whether it was embracing the early promise of personal digital assistants as one of the leading developers for the innovative Apple Newton, diving into the world of voice applications with Alexa, or currently exploring the vast potential of Artificial Intelligence, Scott has always been at the forefront of tech trends.

From the frenetic pace of his early career in New York City, to Silicon Valley, where he spent many years helming successful mobile and web application companies, his contributions have left their marks in diverse fields such as advertising, marketing, geographic information and business intelligence systems.

His latest exploration takes him into the realm of literature. As readers turn the pages of his novels, they will discover his vision of futuristic possibilities intertwined with wisdom from years of industry leadership.

Scott currently resides with his wife in sunny Orlando, Florida, where he enjoys biking on nearby trails, boating on the local lakes, swimming laps in the pool, catching the occasional bass, and of course, tinkering with the latest technology.

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