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Book Launch with CAROLE STIVERS at Books Inc. Palo Alto

Carole Stivers author photo and The Mother Code cover image

Join local writer Carole Stivers joins us for a Book Launch celebrating her sweeping debut novel, The Mother Code. Carole will be in conversation with John Markoff, former New York Times technology reporter.

What it means to be human-and a mother-is put to the test in Carole Stivers' debut novel set in a world that is more chilling and precarious than ever.

It's 2049, and the survival of the human race is at risk. Earth's inhabitants must turn to their last resort: a plan to place genetically engineered children inside the cocoons of large-scale robots--to be incubated, birthed, and raised by machines. But there is yet one hope of preserving the human order--an intelligence programmed into these machines that renders each unique in its own right--the Mother Code. 



Kai is born in America's desert southwest, his only companion his robot Mother, Rho-Z. Equipped with the knowledge and motivations of a human mother, Rho-Z raises Kai and teaches him how to survive. But as children like Kai come of age, their Mothers transform too--in ways that were never predicted. When government survivors decide that the Mothers must be destroyed, Kai must make a choice. Will he break the bond he shares with Rho-Z? Or will he fight to save the only parent he has ever known?

In a future that could be our own, The Mother Code explores what truly makes us human--and the tenuous nature of the boundaries between us and the machines we create.

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc. Palo Alto
74 Town & Country Village
Palo Alto, CA
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Books: 
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The Mother Code Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781984806925
Availability: Coming Soon - AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER
Published: Berkley - May 5th, 2020

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