P.A.Baines is the author of Alpha Redemption, a Christian speculative fiction novel that asks the question: “If a man-made artificial intelligence became self-aware and developed a belief in God, would God recognize it as having a soul?”. Educated in Africa, he works as an analyst/programmer and is studying towards a degree in Creative Writing through Buckinghamshire New University in England. He currently lives in a small corner of the Netherlands with his wife and two children and various wildlife.
- pabaines [at] gmail [dot] com
- My Girlfriend (short story) http://www.digitaldragonmagazine.net/baines-mygirlfriend.php
- Mars Deep-Crust Mine ZB203 -South (short story) http://www.crossandcosmos.com/
- Alpha Redemption. (2010). Published by Splashdown Books. Available to buy from the publisher and at Amazon.com.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if one day we managed to create an artificial intelligence that was not only self-aware, but also able to love. What if that intelligence developed a belief in God? Would God recognize that intelligence and return its love and even permit it to enter Heaven?
Brett is a bitter and disillusioned Christian who has lost everything: his family, his job, his will to live, and his faith in God. When he is offered the chance to escape from his meaningless existence and travel to Alpha Centauri aboard a prototype speed-of-light craft called The Comet, he gladly accepts.
Jay is the computer system that controls every aspect of The Comet, from the navigation right down to choosing Brett’s meals. He is also capable of learning, with a child-like curiosity, particularly with regard to human emotion.
With nothing to do but talk, Brett and Jay soon become friends. Brett’s heart begins to heal just as Jay’s awareness of himself and God increases. Then, one day, Jay’s prayers are answered.
Alpha Redemption is a human drama set against the backdrop of space. This is science fiction with a soul that will appeal to anyone who have ever pondered what it really means to be human.