Kagan Tumer is a science fiction author and professor of Robotics and AI. He attended seven schools and lived in five cities in four countries, all before reaching high school. The constant upheaval taught him two things: observe the world and the people in it because you need to understand them, and don’t get too attached to any place or anyone because neither will be there next year.
He is (a little) better with people and places now but is still steadily moving west: Virginia to Texas to California to Oregon. And yes, Portland is west of San Francisco by a hair.
Along the way, Kagan worked as a cafeteria food server, registrar’s office clerk, print shop copier, soccer referee, math tutor, and well logging engineer. He completed a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering while in Austin and spent nine years at NASA working on autonomous robot coordination. When it finally dawned on him that NASA wasn’t going to build and send hundreds of robots to Mars so he can play with them, he decided to create his own reality in Science Fiction.
When not writing, he ponders AI ethics, teaches robotics, consults for TV/movie AI projects, and mentors future scientists.
An unforgiving world…
Two friends separated by their choices…
A secret that shatters the definition of Human…
Lori wants to restore order to a world ravaged by virus, violence, and dropping birthrates. But the rage that fueled her rise from hungry teenager to Special Forces colonel has left her with few allies. When a mortally-wounded soldier disappears from the hospital amid a cover up, Lori reaches beyond official channels to her only remaining friend, Mika.
Orphaned at eight, Mika lives across a fortified border, away from the spotlight. But he could never say no to Lori, so he dives into a world of secrets and deceit. They uncover a conspiracy that assassinates two heads of state to start a war, all to hide the true nature of the virus that nearly destroyed the human race.
With time running out, Lori has to disobey direct orders and embrace new allegiances. The problem is, the rage that powers her also distorts her moral compass…which hasn’t been reliable in the best of times.