Biographies link the reader to the times of the character, they tether to the past and the present. Godkiller tells the life story of Dr. Victor Hurgen and the future six decades of human development, connecting us to what we have yet to experience.
The novel begins at his life’s end, at the discovery of Dr. Hurgen’s floating corpse. Immediately the mystery behind the great man’s fall becomes life and death for the agents who have been tasked with the investigation.
The fantastic technologies of the future take the reader through the wonders of the world the protagonist creates during his life. A life whose biography starts in the second chapter, beginning the ebb and flow of the novel. To and fro from chapter to chapter the book moves back and forth in the timeline telling the story of Dr. Hurgen, while simultaneously taking us on the adventure of his death.
During the biography of the man, the reader quickly learns about this next genius of the modern era, the business acumen of Steve Jobs, the altruism and inspired intellect of Nikola Tesla, living in a single troubled man. His history moves through the major events, both public and private, unveiling hope and charity along with derision and despair, utter and complete confidences shaken into a haze self-destructive neurosis. The man who shapes the future with his brilliance and threatens its destruction with his darkest shade.
Driving the story of Hurgen’s life are moments, the evenings before his grand revelations when he falls into self-doubt and anxious disrepair. In these moments the character of Dr. Hurgen establishes a purpose to rise to great heights, and falls into fits of rage, committing horrors.
Oscillating with the world Dr. Victor Hurgen helped build, Godkiller introduces us to the next few generations of humanity, and the wild world they live in. Cybernetics and the mind’s connection to the machine redefines the human race in this combination of both the best and the worst of what we anxiously await in the decades to come.
Godkiller shows the ramifications of what we will soon be able to do and helps define the ways we will get there using some of the latest scientific research and discovery as it’s backbone. This work of science fiction is deeply rooted in the facts and technologies we can see on the horizon. The reader will need to dig deep to find enough of a disconnect from reality to threaten the suspension of disbelief, in fact, some of the inventions are closer than even I expected.
At the close of the biography, the reader is taken full circle to the moment before the body is discovered. A loop that includes both the life and death of the next driving force in modern society.
Narrating the history, both present and future, is the Archive. An invention of Dr. Hurgen and artificial sentience grown and nourished to become the arbiter of truth, the keeper of all history, and the doctor’s heir. After creating a means of collecting vast amounts of data, the need to preserve and interpret the information inspires Hurgen to build a mind capable of understanding and judging for itself what is valid and worthy of incorporation into the records of the Archive.
Balance in the characters persists as a necessary component to modern storytelling, therefore Godkiller endeavors to present the diverse future Gene Roddenberry first introduced us to. This biography is about a man however, three named female characters drive the story in uniquely feminine ways. The story mostly occurs in the United States but includes people of color and cultures from around the world.
Godkiller is looking to appeal to a group that has a natural affinity with science fiction, atheists. As the title suggests the protagonist in the book is not only an atheist but anti-theistic in his perspectives, appealing to a market that is enjoying a rise as steady and overwhelming as the growth of the “none of the above” demographic.
This story is one that embraces the conflicts that will arise from the next half century of scientific development, it seeks out the truly groundbreaking expansions of the human condition and the intense consequences that will inevitably follow. Godkiller seeks to redefine the way we look at the dreams and nightmares of our future through the most human eyes of its main character, and the programmed sentience he creates.