By Dean Koontz
In a chilling novel of man-made intelligence through the writer of chilly fireplace and Twilight Eyes, a working laptop or computer with human-like features develops legal obsessions and a skill for violence. Reprint.
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Lips slightly parted. One bare arm out of the covers. I watched her. Susan. My Susan. I could have watched her sleep forever and been happy. ” Her question startled me. It was so intuitive as to be uncanny. I did not reply. “Alfred, lights on,” she said. I turned on the mood lights. Throwing back the covers, she swung her legs off the mattress and sat nude on the edge of the bed. I longed for hands and the sense of touch. ” I almost repeated my assurance then realized that Alfred would not have recognized or responded to the single crude word that she had spoken.
You are safe,” I assured her. Gibbering, shrieking, Shenk dropped to his knees. I wanted to kill him for the obscene proposal he had made to her, for the disrespect with which he had treated her. Kill him, kill him, kill him, pump up his heartbeat to such a frenzied pace that his cardiac muscles would tear, until his blood pressure soared and every artery in his brain burst. However, I had to restrain myself. I loathed Shenk, but still I needed him. For a while yet, he had to serve as my hands.
A thin crust of dried blood and tears darkened the skin under his eyes. “When he resists control too strenuously,” I explained, “this results in short-term, excess pressure within the cranium though I have not yet determined the precise physiological mechanism of this symptom. ” To my surprise, Shenk suddenly spoke to Susan from the other side of the incubator. ” She flinched at the word. “Nice… nice… nice,” Shenk said in a low, rough voice that was heavy with both desire and rage. His behaviour infuriated me.
Demon Seed by Dean Koontz