The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice. The rules are simple – turn to page 56 in your current read (or 56% in your e-reader) and post a few non-spoilery sentences.
This week’s quote is from The Dreaming Stars by Tim Pratt, the sequel to The Wrong Stars that I read earlier this year. Both books are sci-fi with fantastic minority representation. The following is an exchange between the ship’s AI and the ship’s captain:
“This is a spaceship, not a sailboat. Squishy organic brains can’t be trusted in such circumstances.”
“Squishy organic bodies have more fun, though.”
“Pfft,” Shall said. “Have fun crudely manipulating your nervous system and brain chemistry through tactile physical inputs. If you’re lucky you might vaguely approximate the kind of transcendent pleasure I can experience at will just by altering my own sensorium.”
“Oh, Shall. There’s nothing wrong with masturbation, but I’ve always had more fun collaborating.”
“You have no idea what goes on in the machine-intelligence-only parts of the Tangle, do you?”