Is this the first unprompted story written by a computer?

An iPad

An iPad

This was created by an iPad

While on Holiday in Spain more than a year ago now, my partner’s iPad appended a story manuscript with this at the end of the file, gradually adding to it over a period of weeks:

Lopressor
Copyright © 2013 by my partner’s iPad (Serial Number on Enquiry)
All Rights Reserved

Hello again hello hello we’re just now hello hello hello how are you doing my dear Lopressor

I named it Lopressor for copyright reasons (I want to protect the iPad!).

Just look at this masterpiece of fiction, assuming it is fiction! Not only has it constructed a full sentence but it has created a name from nowhere. Lopressor is not a name used in the work of fiction in the rest of the file. This is a completely new name. Not only has the iPad created a story, but has invented a name. It’s also interesting that the name ‘Lopressor’ is almost an anagram of ‘Processor.’

I have waited almost 2 years for any additional text but this appears to be the complete work.

This is my challenge to you and anybody else out there: can anybody else produce fiction created by any computer without prompting? If you can’t, I claim this as the first fiction written unprompted by a computer. Drop me a line in the comments below if you dispute my claim!

Deluxe Boxed Set of The War for Iron: Element of Civilization Series
This is coming soon! It will include 5 full-colour illustrations:

Cutaway View of the Tracked Drive System of the MCS Mark 6

Cutaway View of the Tracked Drive System of the MCS Mark 6

1. The Mobile Command Station (MCS) Mark 6
2. The SU 401 Rebel Alliance jet fighter
3. The alien organic plasma Clover Leaf rifle
4. The X.77 Laser Carbine
5. The LC5150 Laser Carbine

Here is a sneak preview, showing of a cutaway view of the tracked drive system of the MCS Mark 6.

Lastly, the Autumn Lazlo Newsletter will go out in the next 3 weeks. It will include specific dates for 2 forthcoming books so if you haven’t yet signed up, sign up for the Newsletter here (and don’t forget you get 3 FREE THRILLERS just for joining!)

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Would you like a Cheaper Way to buy the Complete Scifi Iron Series?

The War for Iron: Element of Civilization - Boxed Set

The War for Iron: Element of Civilization – Boxed Set

Now you can!

The War for Iron: Element of Civilization – Boxet Set is now available for £8.99 on:

Smashwords: The War for Iron Series – Boxed Set
Google Play: The War for Iron Series – Boxed Set
Amazon: The War for Iron Series – Boxed Set

And look out for the deluxe, illustrated edition soon!

Get all 3 books: Too Bright the Sun, Unknown Place, Unknown Universe and Worlds Like Dust together for the price-busting $8.99!! making a saving of nearly of nearly $4!!

Too Bright the Sun
A man hell-bent on revenge for the death of his friend, in battle!
Seeking revenge for the death of a friend ten long years ago, Major Jake Nanden has pursued his own personal demons with an almost religious fervour through life and through battle.
He is a soldier so highly decorated for bravery that his fame reaches far beyond the desolate Jupiter moon, Io, where his battalion is stationed. His victories in the Jupiter Wars are hollow though, for he is a man scared of his own soul.
His life seems to be a trap from which he cannot escape. His is the Replicant Company, and replicants, or clones, are despised by all.
Follow the life of Jake and his son, Stone, as they battle to save Earth from the Ischian alien invaders.

Unknown Place, Unknown Universe
Three rookie space cadets crash on an unknown planet with aliens hot on their tail!

While a dissident alien scientist struggles to control time, he discovers that his wife will betray him. His favourite student discovers a way to see into the past but find himself surrounded by enemies in a complex, fragmenting culture.

Meanwhile, Stone, douchebag son of Iron Cross winner Jake Nanden, a nerd and a feminist from the Space Fleet Academy crash-land on an unknown planet after falling through a worm-hole in this gripping and visionary science fiction thriller.

Called Anubians by humans, the jackal-headed aliens are now revealed as Ischians but they are hiding something on this unknown planet in an unknown universe.

Stone’s world is shattered while he tries to escape and warn Earth of danger.

Worlds Like Dust
Domes now cover Earth’s big cities and soon a force field will trap Earth inside!

The jackal-headed Ischians are here! When General Jake Nanden retired from the USAC, he could never have guessed that his greatest battle was still to come.

Since then, he has joined a spiritual cult called the Blue Path, trying to establish communication with a few peaceful Ischians.

But now his world has been torn apart; his wife and youngest son have been killed, probably his eldest too and the Los Angeles and Washington citizens sweat it out under inescapable alien domes.

His son, Stone, warned him of the invasion and he joined up with Gary Enquine to form a rudimentary resistance network.

Now, they must find a way to rise up and defeat the conquerors of Earth! Nanden must escape and unite the remaining human and clone forces, scattered across the Solar System.

Don’t forget, the deluxe, illustrated edition is coming soon!

Want to earn a free eBook of new scifi release Worlds Like Dust – Part 2?

Watch the video trailer. Best comment wins free eBook!

My new book Worlds Like Dust – Part 2 – the climax of the Iron Series is out NOW!

Jake Nanden faces his biggest challenge yet, one that threatens to overwhelm him and eclipse his soul!

Worlds Like Dust – Part 2 on Amazon

Worlds Like Dust – Part 2 on Smashwords

Worlds Like Dust – Part 2 on Google Play

Below is the description and below that, the cover. Watch the video and comment. The best comment wins a FREE copy of Iron IV!

Description
The battle for Earth threatens to eclipse Jake’s soul!

The jackal-headed Ischians are here! When General Jake Nanden retired from the USAC, he could never have guessed that his greatest battle was still to come.

Since then, he has joined a spiritual cult called the Blue Path, trying to establish communication with a few peaceful Ischians.

But now his world has been torn apart; his wife and youngest son have been killed, probably his eldest too and the Los Angeles and Washington citizens sweat it out under inescapable alien domes.

His son, Stone, warned him of the invasion and he joined up with Gary Enquine to form a rudimentary resistance network.

Now, they must find a way to rise up and defeat the conquerors of Earth! Nanden must escape and unite the remaining human and clone forces, scattered across the Solar System.

But time is running out! Soon, a necklace of giant starships will encircle the Earth and enclose it within a giant, inescapable force field.

This tense, all-action sci-fi thriller never lets you pause for breath and the action could be compared with Starship Troopers or Star Wars.

But it’s not just superficial action, there is the deeper thread of Jake Nanden’s own journey as a reconstructed replicant or clone and the struggle of the last humans in a world increasingly controlled by replicants.
An intensely and beautiful Science Fiction with a twist, if you love Phillip K. Dick, Isaac Asimov or Arthur C Clarke and Stephen Baxter, you will like this.

Categories: fiction, science fiction, alien, thriller, first contact, clones, starship, genes, invasion.

Worlds Like Dust - Part 2 cover

Worlds Like Dust – Part 2 cover

Character interview with Jake Nanden, star of the Iron Series.

Name (s): Jake Nanden

Age: 34

Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am 5’11’, dark hair, short – Army cut, slightly curly. Green eyes.

Describe your appearance in 10 words or less.
Getting middle aged, slightly paunchy with drying skin – like paper in places – except my mech arm. That’s synthetic skin on there and as smooth and supple as the day it was sprayed on. I even had mine tattooed but don’t tell anyone.

Would you kill for those you love?
I kill every day – most days – to keep my culture intact. I would say that is killing for those I love. Of course there is a moral code… And as a soldier the moral code is almost everything. After a while… killing… it sometimes seems to be the only thing you have left. Family are too far away.

Do you like animals?
I love animals. Their love is unconditional. You can never quite be sure with humans, can you?

Do you have a family?
Ha! Ha! Yes. A test-tube. No seriously my mother – Mary, my sister Justine and a dog – a collie called Frisky. My adoptive dad was the famous robotics designer Robert R. Nanden but he’s dead. My mother was his assistant and pretty accomplished at that!

Can you remember something from your childhood which influences your behaviour?
I am not sure about any of my childhood memories. They are probably all implanted. I am a replicant. The first memory I am sure about is playing on the grass with my adoptive mother watching me playing cricket.
She shouted out, “Jake! You are such a talented cyborg!”
Even at my tender age, I knew a replicant was not the same thing as a cyborg and I knew that she should know, as her first husband had been a famous robot designer. Her words had always stuck in my head.
But anyway, adoptive parents of replicant children are always told to create some vivid experience for their kid in the first few days so that the imprinting takes properly. So it’s probably not significant.

Do you have any phobias?
Mirrors. Can’t stand them. They make me sweat and… well, I’m very nervous around them. I avoid them.

Please give us an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.
I write books – well, I am writing my first; a detective thriller. It’s kind of Raymond Chandler-ish. I call it Chandleresque, but I guess that’s bad English.

Comment on the video to win a free copy of Iron IV: Worlds Like Dust – Part 2!

Will Jake Nanden’s Soul Survive the Battle for Earth?

Well, the day has finally arrived. The final installment of the Iron Series is here!

Mystery picture

Mystery picture

Remember this? Now I can reveal the identity of the object. Below is the cover of Worlds Like Dust – Part 1. The ship with the yellow stripes in the background is the giant and formidably armed Ischian Battleship, the Lu-kshîa.

The climax of the series is called Worlds Like Dust and is published in 2 parts. The first part is published today:

Iron III - Worlds Like Dust - Part 1 cover

Iron III – Worlds Like Dust – Part 1 cover

 

 

Worlds Like Dust – Part 1 on Amazon
Worlds Like Dust – Part 1 on Smashwords
Worlds Like Dust – Part 1 Google Play

And the paperback will be available for the introductory price of $9.49 for just two weeks  on Amazon.

Worlds Like Dust – Part 2 will be published shortly.

Below is the book blurb for Part 1 and below that is the book trailer video. I hope you buy a copy and let me know how you like it!

Domes now cover Earth’s big cities and soon a force field will trap Earth inside!

The jackal-headed Ischians are here! When General Jake Nanden retired from the USAC, he could never have guessed that his greatest battle was still to come.

Since then, he has joined a spiritual cult called the Blue Path, trying to establish communication with a few peaceful Ischians.

But now his world has been torn apart; his wife and youngest son have been killed, probably his eldest too and the Los Angeles and Washington citizens sweat it out under inescapable alien domes.

His son, Stone, warned him of the invasion and he joined up with Gary Enquine to form a rudimentary resistance network.

Now, they must find a way to rise up and defeat the conquerors of Earth! Nanden must escape and unite the remaining human and clone forces, scattered across the Solar System.

But time is running out! Soon, a necklace of giant starships will encircle the Earth and enclose it within a giant, inescapable force field.

This tense, all-action sci-fi thriller never lets you pause for breath and the action could be compared with Starship Troopers or Star Wars.

But it’s not just superficial action, there is the deeper thread of Jake Nanden’s own journey as a reconstructed replicant or clone and the struggle of the last humans in a world increasingly controlled by replicants.
An intensely and beautiful Science Fiction with a twist, if you love Phillip K. Dick, Isaac Asimov or Arthur C Clarke and Stephen Baxter, you will like this.

15% discount for foreign shoppers?

I have just returned from a two-week holiday. I had a lovely time and I see that not only is Running selling well but that Amazon have price-matched Smashwords and made it Free, which is great, so grab your copy today:

Running (The Alien in the Mirror) Free on Amazon here: http://bit.ly/glrunning

The other news is that I am very close to finishing the cover design for Iron III: Worlds Like Dust: part 1 so get ready for the climax of Jake Nanden’s adventures!

15% off for Tourists Billboard in Mauritian shopping mall

15% off for Tourists Billboard in Mauritian shopping mall

Finally, a friend sent me this photo of a sign in a Mauritius shopping mall which beggars belief. Seems that, in that gorgeous country, local people have to pay more for goods than tourists. What blatant discrimination! What sort of way is that to treat your own citizens?

WANT FREE SCIFI? FREE NEW RELEASE – Running – Alien in the MIrror

Running - The Alien in the Mirror

Running – The Alien in the Mirror

FREE NEW RELEASE #scifi book – Running – Alien in the Mirror on Smashwords: http://bit.ly/runningsw

I am only about a month away from releasing Volume 3 of the Iron Series, Worlds Like Dust, and I am sure you weren’t expecting this but I managed to slip in another book; a prequel to the Iron Series. The idea for this book had been germinating in my mind for some time but I knew it wouldn’t be a full-length novel. In fact, Running – The Alien in the Mirror is only 32,000 words – a novella – but I hope you will like it. I think it’s a very good story and a fast read, in both senses of the word!

It is on Amazon for 99 cents here: http://bit.ly/runningam

It will be free on Smashwords for the next 4 weeks so grab a copy now! http://bit.ly/runningsw

Ishmael Bodd is a normal Citizen of Supercity in the far future. But he suddenly feels compelled to commit a minor crime and goes on the run. He can never stop running until he has escaped his culture and found the reason why everything suddenly feels so ‘strange’ to him in this science fiction thriller.

Here is the full blurb:

Running – The Alien in the Mirror can be considered the cyberpunk prequel to the military scifi Iron Series but might also be the prequel to other science fiction thriller series.

Ishmael Bodd ‘wakes up’ for the first time, a billion years in the future. He is a Citizen of Supercity, on Marstoo, far away from old Earth in the Universe. In his world, crime doesn’t exist and Citizens only need electricity to live, whereas clones, who eat food and drink liquids, are banished to Clonecity.

But he suddenly feels compelled to commit a minor crime and goes on the run. He can never stop running until he has escaped his culture and found the reason why everything suddenly feels so ‘strange’ to him in this science fiction thriller.

If you like Rendezvous with Rama, the Running , you will love Running – The Alien in the Mirror.

And in case you are wondering – last week’s blog post was a joke. No electric car has been found in a pyramid yet, but who knows?

Bumper eBook Giveaway this weekend! Do you want one?

As part of a big change in the way I distribute my books, I have 3 available FREE this weekend (29 August – 2 September) on Amazon: Ordo Lupus II: The Devil’s Own Dice, Too Bright the Sun and Attack Hitler’s Bunker!

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Ordo Lupus II: The Devil’s Own Dice is going up in price to $2.99 straight after the sale.