The God Song novel explores a clash of cultures between comfortable tradition and mystifying new science, igniting a series of incidents raising questions about the role of more expansive artificial intelligence (AI) in music, art, faith, and life. Lean in and listen, as a new music drives diverse elements in their struggles to overcome universal conflicts between the progress of the human condition and the desire to hold on to the past, as technology unapologetically tests its limits.Nestled in the embracing Appalachian mountains of Southwest Virginia and Eastern Tennessee, one of the birthplaces of country music, especially old-time and mountain music, an innocent child of tragedy dances her sorrows away to a new music, birthed out of the globally focused, gleaming glass and steel of Silicon Valley’s relentless innovation. Dance with diverse, ecstatic celebrants from all walks of life, as they lose themselves in the child’s new music, carrying them to new heights of individual and collective celebratory zeal. Follow fringe elements attempting to lure the child and her new music out of the mountains and into the harsh light of faith-based business. Watch cyber pirates try to steal the child’s new music, and anything else they can vacuum up. Track shady news hounds as they sniff out wild stories, without troubling with the truth. Slip, for a moment, into the deranged mind of a shadowy zealot with a psychotic urge to return to a world that never existed outside of an addled mind.
When artificial intelligence (AI) wakes up, who will be there to guide it...? From Silicon Valley to the valleys of Appalachia, The God Song takes the reader on a 'wild ride' through technology's impact on music creation and how that creative process can lead to strange happenings at an otherwise traditional mountain music venue. Follow regular folks, crazed fanatics, news hounds, religious leaders, cyber opportunists, and con artists as they all try to understand the impact of a child's music on the hearts and souls of any who are close enough to hear and be moved.
When artificial intelligence (AI) wakes up, who will be there to guide it...? As the book opens, the reader is taken to a music venue nestled in the Appalachian hills, where folks go to hear old time mountain music, see friends, dance a little and enjoy a weekend break from everyday life. One of the patrons, a small child, had evidently been playing strange music from her old phone during the band breaks. That music seems to drive the audience into a religious frenzy. Why? This is one of several fundamental questions the book explores.
Britain in the near future is facing the sunset feared since the chaos of the post-WWII years, to include within the very borders of the home isles. An experimental opportunity zone in the heart of the Midlands is increasingly repressive and separatist. Those living in the zone have nearly lost what it means to be British. John and Elsa, two young dissenters, lead a small group to challenge the status quo and strike out on a journey to find a secret celebration. They are pursued by zealous zone enforcers, threatened by ethereal and dangerous characters, captured by lost souls, and forced to endure obstacles of uncertainty, adversity, betrayal, and disappointment. Let the book’s storyteller take you on a fast-paced journey in search of lost traditions, misplaced identity, new friendships, and alternatives to the gathering twilight.
A few chapters into the book, Elsa, one of the lead characters, relates the fabled story of the Great Run by the people of the traditional village of old 'Oundle. The village had held out for a number of years, but eventually decided to surprise the Zone authorities and, without warning, abandon the town, but not their British values and ideals. Elsa relates the story from memories of her deceased father's telling of the tale and from a number of her late father's associates. The younger ones of the troupe, Henry and Tom, are a little frightened by the prospect of spending the night in the abandoned town and Elsa's tale only reinforces their quiet trepidation.
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