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Semmant by Vadim Babenko

Book Cover_Vadim Babenko_SEMMANT

Book Description

A brilliant scientist creates a brilliant robot. Working together, they beat the stock

market. But which one will survive the battle for love?

When Bogdan Bogdanov, a troubled cybernetics genius, creates Semmant, a robot living

inside a computer, he feels on top of the world. Semmant takes on the capital markets and

makes money with the ruthless efficiency of a machine. Bogdan grows richer by the day,

but when he falls deeply for the irresistible Lidia, Semmant’s artificial mind faces a new

challenge. The robot becomes involved in a genuine human drama and is forced to confront

the cruelty of real life. He discovers the eternal joy of what it means to have free will, but it

takes him to a destination no one could have predicted.

This is a tale of lust and affection, an erotically charged story of betrayal and murder. It

explores the scope of human feelings from a truly unique point of view. Universal chaos

and the strict laws of society; precise mathematical rules and the elusive nature of love: all

interact and clash, working together and against one another. Tragedy looms, but free will

fights back – bringing hope that lasts forever.



On the surface, this might seem to be a book that focuses on robotics and artificial intelligence, but underlying it all are powerful themes such the human spirit, sexuality, discrimination, creation, and immortality. It is extremely well written and definitely not for those looking for a light sci fi read. It is for those that like thought provoking reading as it is a unique story and vividly descrpitive. An interesting read that certainly deserves the high ratings it has gotten from many reviewers



About the Author  Author Photo_Vadim Babenko

Vadim Babenko left two “dream” jobs – cutting-edge scientist and high-flying entrepreneur

– in order to pursue his lifelong goal to write full-time. Born in the Soviet Union, he earned

master’s and doctoral degrees from the Moscow Institute of Physics & Technology, Russia’s

equivalent to MIT. As a scientist at the Soviet Academy of Sciences he became a recognized

leader in the area of artificial intelligence. Then he moved to the U.S. and co-founded a

high-tech company just outside of Washington, D.C. The business soon skyrocketed, and

the next ambitious goal, an IPO on the stock exchange, was realized. But at this peak of

success, Vadim dropped everything to set out on the path of a writer and has never looked

back. He moved to Europe and, during the next eight years, published five books, including

two novels, The Black Pelican and A Simple Soul, which were nominated for Russia’s most

prestigious literary awards. His third novel, Semmant, initially written in Russian and then

translated with the author’s active participation, is published exclusively in English.

Find out more at http://www.vadimbabenko.com

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