The Bohr Maker Author:Linda Nagata Phousita, an illiterate slum-dweller, knew nothing about science and technology. To her, doctors were mighty sorcerers, maladies were forms of punishment and the world was ruled by spirits. So when she awoke one afternoon with the ability to read minds, soothe any savage breast and speak in foreign tongues, she was certain she'd been possessed.
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In actuality, Phousita had been infected with an artificial intelligence system called the Bohr Maker.
It was the most powerful technology known to humanity- microscopically small, which allowed it's user to control and change others' moods and emotions undetected, and even to reprogram his or her own genetic structure.
The Bohr Maker's potential as the ultimate weapon or an instrument of peace had led to its ban by the Commonwealth- and the assassination of its inventor.
But it was stolen from the secret files of the Commonwealth Police at the command of Nikko Jiang-Tibayan, a bioengineered man with a genetic time bomb within him.
Willing to do anything to stay alive, Nikko had planned to use the Bohr Maker to countermand the expiration date coded into his DNA. Now that option has been taken from him; the device had fallen into the unwitting Phousita's grasp.
The question was, what would an impoverished, uneducated and highly superstitous person use it for?« less