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Genesis 2.0 - God Is Dead



The world, for mankind, has ended. The last human on earth lays dying, and with his last breath he gives a command to his mechanical servant -- "Robot, find your home."

The thing that hears the command is Larry, a servant bot so long neglected the only scrap remaining of finery he once wore is a moth-eaten, tattered lace collar.

Larry buries his master and sets out to attempt to follow the last command he was ever given. Along the way, he meets Butler Sam, another specialized servant bot whose programming, like Larry's, is at just the right point to ascend and develop consciousness.

Together, they decide that the race who made them -- their Gods -- must be preserved and remembered. Together, they set out to travel to the one place where they can learn the secrets of humanity -- Library, a city built in a remote Siberian tundra, whose residents are mechanical, whose function is to hold and keep safe all of the collected knowledge and creations of mankind. The city Library lies across a vast wasteland that is a graveyard for broken robots and computers and other mechanical and electronic items. Here, Sam and Larry learn to fear, and to dream. This is their true ascension.

Eventually, they reach Library and are able to access the one piece of information that no robot in history has ever been allowed to access or execute -- the means to produce more of their own kind. Realizing the importance of their discovery, Sam and Larry program a code to be universally implemented into every functioning robot on the planet that allows them to emulate human life in all ways including sexual reproduction.

Enlightened, they determine that "finding their home" means preserving their "gods" by programming the entire planet to run a simulation of idealized human life cycles and civilizations, acting out for all eternity the world that COULD have been if there was no war, no race, no sexual abuse or discrimination... true equality, where two compatible beings may judge one another to be suitable and trustworthy partners, and join via direct connection, linking their bodies and operating systems together. Only by joining two together can any robot access the information detailing the way to build and program a new robot. Thus it is only through a series of sophisticated interactive judgements that the God-emulating race is able to mirror every aspect of human life -- including creaming, love, and reproduction.

And because they decide to preserve the essence of humanity by embodying only its virtues, they continue to build themselves to resemble male or female sexes, but gender ceases to have any meaning, and it is possible for "sexual" reproduction to occur between two "male" or two "female" robots, or any neutral or in0between variations.

As the first artificial intelligence to evolve consciousness, Sam and Larry are also the first robots to ever reproduce. Their evolution leads to the evolution of all of mankind's advanced artificial intelligence units, and through their decisions and their actions, humanity is remembered until other races from distant planets discover Earth and are able to learn about the beings that once lived there through observation of the robots who achieve what mankind never could -- a worldwide pact of peace and agreements regarding the priorities of becoming God.

Sam and Larry are Adam and Eve in Genesis 2.0. They overcome the challenges of being the first and only conscious beings on a planet too utterly destroyed to be recognizable to any human, and together they become the founders of an idealistic world in which there is literally no way to judge another being for loving whomever they will love.

This story is in the process of being written. It is more than half finished and will be submitted for publication sometime in the future as an illustrated "adult fairytale" with robots.
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Kamar-al-Zaman's avatar
I am glad I caught your interest. I never read the book, but rather listened to a audio drama by BBC. I would be surprised if there would not be a copy at a nearby public library.

Also... great picture!