Thirty years ago, our family was stationed at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas. It was actually our second time there, and I remember my parents re-introducing me to friends I’d had when I was four or five years old. We all lived on a measly three streets, which are no longer tagged on Google Maps: Carswell, Vance Circle, and I forget the third. My friends and I explored every inch of that neighborhood and that base. And though I haven’t been back since 1991, I still remember it fondly, which was why it was so fucking horrible to hear Trump would be housing detained immigrants there.
Exciting and unpredictable Daniel Verastiqui has an obsession with giving his characters great big heaping gobs of amazing technology, and then watching them screw themselves with it. Perion Synthetics takes that to a new level. James Perion, the Steve Jobsian titan of business and technology that built the world’s most innovative producer of synthetic humanoids from the ground up, is dying. And his life’s work is not yet done. The people closest to him all jockey for position while reporters from the world’s largest media houses each find different means to infiltrate the ultra-secret Perion City so they can find out just how far this dying man has gone toward the creation of truly synthetic life. It’s an exciting and unpredictable story with a large cast of characters, human and otherwise, that brings us back to the Vinestead universe of Daniel Verastiqui’s previous works. Check it out.
Quite a ride! Perion Synthetics explores the core of a company intent on producing the ultimate android. No one is who they seem to be, often not even what the[y] seem to be, human or “synthetic”. Interestingly, the dates are current but the places and political structures are sometimes the same as reality and sometimes not. It all keeps you on your toes. The rating is a four rather than a five simply because the author sporadically assumes you have read and remembered his previous books, which is a bit annoying but not nearly enough to spoil the excellent story.