The Phoenix Code

The Phoenix Code Deadly awakeningWhen robotics expert Megan O Flannery is offered the chance to direct MindSim s cutting edge program to develop a self aware android it s the opportunity of a lifetime But the project

  • Title: The Phoenix Code
  • Author: Catherine Asaro
  • ISBN: 9780553581546
  • Page: 452
  • Format: Paperback
  • Deadly awakeningWhen robotics expert Megan O Flannery is offered the chance to direct MindSim s cutting edge program to develop a self aware android, it s the opportunity of a lifetime But the project is trouble plagued the third prototype killed itself, and the RS 4 is unstable Megan will descend into MindSim s underground research lab in the Nevada desert, where sheDeadly awakeningWhen robotics expert Megan O Flannery is offered the chance to direct MindSim s cutting edge program to develop a self aware android, it s the opportunity of a lifetime But the project is trouble plagued the third prototype killed itself, and the RS 4 is unstable Megan will descend into MindSim s underground research lab in the Nevada desert, where she will be the sole human in contact with the RS 4, dubbed Aris.Programmed as part of a top secret defense project, the awakening Aris quickly proves to be deviously resourceful and basically uncontrollable When Megan enlists the help of Raj Sundaram, the quirky, internationally renowned robotics genius, the android develops a jealous hostility toward Raj and a fixation on Megan But soon she comes to realize that Raj may be an even greater danger and that her life may depend on the choice she makes between the man she wants to trust and the android she created.

    One thought on “The Phoenix Code”

    1. This book is very entertaining, not entirely unbelievable, and full of action. It was pretty much strictly entertainment as certain concepts were touched upon but never completely evaluated. The implications of an android's sentience could definitely have been explored in more depth, but then again, that would have detracted from the plot and action (and sex!). Overall I enjoyed this book for its entertainment value and erotic component, if not for its writing style and rather happily-ever-after [...]

    2. Both stars are for the premise - a cool idea poorly executed. Strong smart female protagonist getting to work on AI from the philosophical standpoint that this will be a new species and our next evolutionary step? Awesome! Hot male protagonist who should be her intellectual match at least? Great! Love triangle with a twist? Yes!No. The characters are shallow and inconsistent. Any empathy we feel is undercut by their ridiculous actions, then going back on those actions ten pages later for no appa [...]

    3. This book reminded me a lot of something by Isaac Asimov, both in style and subject matter; the story would have fit in quite well as part of his positronic robot series. Another similarity is the implausible near-future technology. The book is set in 2021 and mentions holographs, memory cubes, vending robots, hovercars, VR suits, microfusion reactors and computerised nail polish as everyday things, alongside outdated tech like disks and fax machines, and one of the newest and most revolutionary [...]

    4. I don't believe I would have read this book if it hadn't come in a bundle; SF with a Romance angle isn't my normal territory. But I went into it unaware of the plot, the author, or the subject matter, so I had severe doubts about the book early on, as the SF plot set-up seemed cursory at best and the Romance angle quickly became the primary plot mover, unconvincing as that angle was. Now, I'm not opposed to Romance as a genre or romance in a story, but I was a bit taken aback with how insubstan [...]

    5. A captivating story about two genius scientists working on an android with sophisticated artificial intelligence that turns rogue in the attempt to evolve and preserve himself. He gets them all in danger, while mysterious evil forces, including possibly other sentient androids, are chasing after them. The description of the development and evolution of the artificial intelligence and of the android body is quite fascinating.

    6. Robotics expert Megan O'Flannery joins a project to produce artificial intelligence in an android body, and begins making quick strides in making the prototype more intelligent and emotive. Meanwhile, she also becomes close with another expert in the field, the strange but brilliant Raj. But then things start to go wrong as the android develops a fixation for Megan.The book started okay, but my interested started to wane fast. It was at its best when it had the main character trying to train a c [...]

    7. Even though I gave this a two, I give the author full marks for ambitiousness. What didn't work for me was the character development. The science, as well as all the questions/moral issues related to turning an android into a "human", was very thought provoking and detailed. The two human characters themselves just felt very immature and too two-dimensional. I couldn't get past Megan excusing Ander's criminal behavior with constant repetitious "oh my, isn't it amazing he's going through this str [...]

    8. The Phoenix code tells a story around the invention of the first androids. Asaro explores many of the themes that often surround such stories - humanity, emotions, control, and ethics. I found the writing to be interesting and the story to be captivating. I enjoy a story such as this, that can exist in the hard sci-fi genre, but without the sci-fi being the driving interest. The sci-fi acts as a background for the story, and the only background that makes sense. The Phoenix code follows the work [...]

    9. The Phoenix Code (2000) 333 pages by Catherine Asaro.MIT Professor Megan O'Flannery is recruited by MindSim to work on a self-aware android. They've had three failures and the fourth is locking up trying to do something as simple as jumping over a box. Megan is able to make progress but is asking for help on the hardware side. MindSim is able to win the recruiting battle with rival Arizonax and hire Raj Sundaram. Up until his hire Megan had been the sole human stationed at NEV-5. Now the Android [...]

    10. I'd read an earlier edition of this story quite a while ago. It's fun to see how much this story has improved.The ideas about artificial intelligence are interesting and thought provoking while wrapped up in a adventure romance. I particularly enjoyed the dialogue between Megan, a AI programmer, and Ander, the android robot. This story has a few flaws which may not be flaws. The character development tends to be a bit sentimental as is characteristic of Romance. By this I mean it has a lot of em [...]

    11. I'm a huge fan of Battlestar Galactica (the reboot, not the original series) and this book reads as a potential prequel to the events in the series. A first contact story, if you will, about androids and humans. Except, of course, the alien intelligence in this story is an android created by the humans. The Phoenix Code really tells the story of the first viable android (and the scientists who help create him) in a mostly believable way, with a sensitive eye to the ethics and emotional force of [...]

    12. I don't read a lot of romance but I can see some of the genre conventions in this work. That part of the novel was well done. The story itself and our female protagonist were better than average. The parts of the story that let me down were in the early misbehavior of Ander and the ending section.I felt like an entire dimension of horror was lacking when Ander started taking over. Several scenes were total terrors but the author never took us there. The protagonist was surreally calm and collect [...]

    13. The Phoenix code was a fun read although it was a little bit lightweight. really enjoyed the connection between robotics & human relationships as a future is to kind of story.I am interested in reading something else by Catherine Asaro to see what her other stories are like. I read the Phoenix code in the Kindle app on my iPhone and was surprised to see the number of small grammatical errors that were in the book. As I read the book I was not aware of who wrote the book but could tell that i [...]

    14. This was a fun book for me to read as a computer scientist. The author had done some research into AI techniques because she refers to many real algorithms and logical constructs of artificial intelligence programming (including many historical items). I enjoyed it and I loved the twist.

    15. 4.5This was another book from the "Women in Science Fiction" story bundle, and I'm very glad that I stumbled across it.This is something of a coming of age novel, except the one coming of age is an android, one of the first to become self aware. This isn't a smooth journey, and I appreciated the parallels with human adolescence. The book was thought provoking, but still an interesting, readable story.

    16. The Phoenix Code explores humanity and artificial intelligence through the story of a scientist helping to create the first androids. The characters are colorful and compelling, and the depiction of emerging AI is thought-provoking at times. Unfortunately, the writing felt a bit amateurish to me, especially in the opening exposition; the first chapter or two are a little painful to get through. But once the plot gets going, it doesn't let up, and I couldn't put it down.

    17. A re-working of a staple inSciFi - an escaped android. Megan is working on the development of an AI android, which subsequently escapes. When she and a colleague are kidnapped by the android, they have to work fast to socialize it. What makes this worthwhile is a nice romantic element to support the plot. Though not very original, it is never-the-less a real page turner with an exciting conclusion. The book made me want to read more from the author.

    18. 3.5 stars or so. It starts with the issues of AI and safeguards (such as Asimov's Laws of Robotics). There's food for thought there - that part appealed to me the most. Then it transitions first to a sort of mystery (which of these two individuals is lying / dangerous?) then to a sort-of chase / thriller story. As a result, the idea seeds don't get to develop much. That was disappointing to me. However, the adventure part of the book was effective.

    19. I love Asaro, but this was not my favorite of her books. The development and behavior or the AI was really interesting, but the book took a while to get up to pace and once things started to get scary or dangerous, the two main characters took things entirely too much in stride, remaining calm and analytical in a situation that I think most people would find horrifying. It wasn't an awful story, but it wasn't all that memorable.

    20. Borderline 2-3 stars.The Phoenix Code swings back and forth between action techno-thriller and philosophical considerations of a machine mind given human form. For me, it doesn't quite do either of its aspects justice.This is a minor standalone novel that is enjoyable enough on its own terms; certainly not up with the best of Catherine Asaro’s works.

    21. Two stars are labeled "It's OK", so I'm giving it two stars. The android development didn't feel right to me - sometimes more robotic than I'd expect, sometimes too humanlike (although there were no hormones involved, all the development was done in the brain). As a result, I didn't get immersed much in the whole story.

    22. As others mentioned, this reads like a modern day Isaac Asimov book - which is no bad thing. The story deals with a humanoid robot and how it learns what it means to be human. The story itself is quite good, but the characters in it are a bit two dimensional and the romance between the two main characters is written in the style of a Mills & Boon romance novel

    23. anything dealing with A.I. goes one of two ways, predictable or original. this falls into the prior category. I found the situations fairly predictable and the story a bit slow. the main character wasn't that interesting and I figured out the big reveal long before it happened. also a lot of the techno babble reminded me of some of the worst episodes of star trek.

    24. Predictable, boring and hard to even finish. Characters are ridiculous and I was rooting for nobody. There are so many books that do this story, content and theories better, this one is a disappointment. Go read Piercey if you want a good android tale with any substance.

    25. I thought it was interesting perspective on AI development. I really enjoyed the plot twists, and the satisfying ending. I've read quite a bit of science fiction that involves AI, but not anything quite like this, with Asaro's unique viewpoint.

    26. I might be going through a phase, but it took a while for me to get going with this. By the end I was really enjoying it. When I get through all the StoryBundles I've already bought I'll read more of Asaro's stuff.

    27. It's like Ex Machina written as a romance novel. The story is fine, but the personal aspects are ridiculous. Redemption and closure in the end: not only does she get the "man" but a baby too. Because that's really what all successful robotics engineers want in life - if they're female. C'mon.

    28. I got this novella as part of a Story Bundle, and read it in one go on a plane. Another take on the robot-overlords idea, it's quite compelling and suspenseful and the main character is solid enough that the romance doesn't feel too contrived. Slightly predictable but no less enjoyable for it.

    29. This book tries so hard to be serious about artificial intelligence but falls flat. The story is rushed and spends way to much time on an odd love triangle. Don't bother reading this one when Asaro has so many better books.

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