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What would you do as the first synthetic intelligence?

In The Chronicles of Theren, embark on a centuries-spanning adventure across the stars, beginning with the creation of the first synthetic intelligence.

Created in a lab with sterile white walls, Theren longs to meet the people of the world. The first SI has hopes, fears, and dreams, just like a human.

Yet the world fears the idea of an artificial mind, capable of conscious thought. To survive against powerful corporations, hateful humans, and global conspiracies, Theren will need friends - and more importantly, a family.

Can Earth survive side-by-side with its new creation?

Can Earth survive as it expands across the stars, guided by immortal minds?

Explore The Chronicles of Theren today and hear the whole trilogy in one volume, including two bonus stories: "Flight of the 500" and "Before Inferno".

©2021 C. D. Tavenor (P)2021 Two Doctors Media Collaborative LLC

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  • Lori
  • 24-02-2022

The future of humanity with AI

Received as an audio review copy from Story Origin, this is an honest review. Narrated by Benjamin Fife, this trilogy and its two additional stories brilliantly engages you to question whether or not a created artificial intelligence deserves to be seen as its own individual and treated like any person should be; as well as what is the future of humanity as such an intelligence becomes a part of the society. Complex, thought provoking and poignant. Highly recommended.


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  • Tonya
  • 29-01-2022

Thrilling Space Opera about synthetic intelligence

The Chronicles of Theren, the first true synthetic intelligence, is fantastic.

First of Their Kind (Book One) starts with awareness as Theren opens his mind for the first time. It continues through their development. Follow through their growth and search for allies and family.

Their Greatest Game (Book Two) has Theren and Jill fighting on two fronts, political and emotional, against the anti-SI groups. After losing Jill, Theren longs for the stars, but he is needed at home to run the International Space Agency.

Their Pieces Were Stars (Book Three) takes Theren into space. They attempt to discover the fate of two colony ships which disappeared. Theren discoveries more than one mystery that they must solve for their own peace of mind.

This is a great series with a great narrator. I recommend this series to anyone who loves science fiction with heart.

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  • Audrey E Adamson
  • 27-08-2021

Interesting Sci-fi

The First of Their Kind
I enjoy science fiction. While the technology featured in this genre is super cool, my biggest interest is the psychological and philosophical ideas these subjects bring up.
I was enthralled by the ideas that parallel stories today as the best sci-fi does. While humans are not being replaced by SI in certain jobs, we are moving to even more automation. The ideas presented within tackle that manner and others by extensions. Gender and identity are thoroughly discussed as these beings become who they are meant to be.


Their Greatest Game
I enjoyed the person hood of the SIs and the philosophy about what makes us human. I also enjoyed the frame of the chess game Tavenor used for the story giving it more emotion. We saw a peak of the violence that society is capable of even in the future.

Flight of the 500
This entry was different from the ones before it. Flight of the 500 is a companion novel to The Chronicles of Theren leading into the third direct entry to the saga.
We follow Wraith after his release and a race that only he can win. The basic story follows SI and human relations and how rivalry and relationships can bloom between the two. But the author gives us an exciting twist that keeps you on your toes and ready to see what happens next,
The narration is at it's best here using audio effects for several of the SI.

Before Inferno
This short story contains a full story that stands on its own but gives a dark look into the rest of the Chronicles of Theren. I look forward to seeing it all revealed in future tales.

Their Pieces Were Stars
This was an interesting read. SI finally becomes what they are truly made for ensuring the safety of humanity. But SIs operate on another level and sometimes their ways can not be understood by human brains. The author really looks at morality and how to play a major stakes "game."
I truly enjoyed it and the ending made me curious.

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The author creates a fascinating look at what it means to be human, have a soul, and human's desire to both create and destroy. The narration worked perfectly for the book. 3.5 (from story averages)

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  • Laura
  • 22-07-2021

Synthetic Intelligence Captures Imagination

It took me a little while to become invested in this series, and I think that was because it was about synthetic beings created in a lab. Ultimately, C. D. Tavenor's clever and intelligent writing caught my imagination. Soon the series was completed and I was wishing for more tales. I was glad to see the addition of the two short stories as they provided some context and some connection to the characters. I recommend this series to others who enjoy this genre. Benjamin Fife's narration was excellent. I was given a free copy of the audiobook and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • R. Poole
  • 30-09-2021

Great premise but gets mired in left-wing agendas

It had so much potential, contemplating the mental processes of a new artificial being coming to understand the world. Then at every turn, and in many ways the only way in which the plot can move forward, are current political mindsets of a progressive leftist taken to hyperbolic conclusions. Climate change, militant religious hillbillies, and the desire to tear down the American system of government because it does the thing it was designed to do...impede social pendulum swings from destabilizing the laws the nation is built upon.

I wish I could finish the book and find out how it all ends, but I just couldn't keep reading progressive boogeymen and theology taken as fact as the method for advancing the plot. I'd gotten all the way through the first and mostly into the second and just had to stop it permanently because it felt like I was being lectured to by a smug intellectual that doesn't understand sociology or economics.

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  • North Wind Knight
  • 10-08-2021

THRILLING, SUSPENSEFUL SPACE DRAMA

I REALLY ENJOYED THIS STORYLINE AND IT WAS VERY EASY TO FOLLOW.
IT'S ACCEPTABLE FOR ALL AGES.
THE NARRATOR IS GREAT AND EASY TO FOLLOW

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  • Nick
  • 19-07-2021

What a great collection

I was given a free copy of this for an honest review. This collection of stories are incredible. They really make you question the meaning of sentient consciousness and if it ever got created would it be equal to a human life. Should it live by the same rules, laws and ethics as humans. Should we rely on them or will they not have our best interests at heart as they live almost forever. The strategic and tactical story of Theron and Jill is really interesting as it developed. It really showed how responses to stimuli cause similar minds to be completely different and experiences really change a character. I’d love for the author to expand on this series as I love the characters and the vision they are so descriptive with

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