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Unfettered Journey

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Unfettered Journey

“I want to know the truth. I want to know how and why.”

Joe Denkensmith, Level 42, vidsnap: Year 2161

A literary cross-genre adventure and love story, for the intelligent reader.

Unfettered Journey is the story of Joe Denkensmith, an AI scientist who seeks to create true robot consciousness. He leaves everything behind to find answers. But a mysterious woman on a personal mission interrupts his search. Fighting unjust forces, Joe is swept into an evil plot that neither can elude. Their struggles against machines, men, and nature test the resilience of the human spirit.

Set in a richly imagined near future, this is a cross-genre novel combining thrilling action, adventure, and a love story. It traces an epic journey – from inside the human mind to the vastness of space, from AIs battling in the desert to the peace of a mountain refuge. It asks social, spiritual, and philosophical questions that will linger. How does the will to survive bring clarity to the human experience? What would you sacrifice to achieve social justice?

"It's a captivating and fast-paced futuristic love story ... a future that feels eerily authentic..."

--She's Single Magazine


A passage from Unfettered Journey:

“My management of WISE Orbital Base is one of many space projects. We have a dozen manned moon bases, three bases on Mars, and one on Phobos. Not to mention astronomy programs, such as the radio observatory on the far side of the moon; the mining operations on the moon, and the xenon mining on Mars, with bots collecting minerals; and the metals mining operations on the two NEO asteroid bases. Many of those projects are supporting the WISE effort. It’s incorrect to ascribe too much to any one person.”

“You’re too humble.”

“I’m not even a planeteer yet,” she said. “I haven’t spent a decade off-world, like more than a thousand other people have. It’s an enormous commitment to live your life that way, and there’s a price to pay. They accept the health risks of space and adjust to low or no gravity with exercise commitments. They leave behind all the people they know for long periods.” Dina looked in the direction of the moon. “They are akin to the adventurers who opened the American West, for good and ill. Those were not only famous names like Lewis and Clark, Fremont and Carson. They were also the pioneers in little houses on the prairie. Our current-day space explorers make the same sacrifices.”


Dina Taggart

Commander, WISE Orbital Base

World Interstellar Space Exploration - WISE Orbital Base, in near rectilinear halo orbit around the moon

What is YOUR vision of the near future?

  • "An adventure for the mind on many levels, from the thrilling action scenes to the philosophical examination of society, the universe, and our role in both."

  • “It’s a love story filled with memorable characters, with a plot that leaves you holding your breath at the dramatic conclusion.”

  • "The novel explores deep questions at the intersection of physics and philosophy, with characters you will love."

  • "Unfettered Journey is a fast-paced adventure that simultaneously explores profound problems in the philosophy of mind.”

  • "His book presents a compelling hard-science vision of the future."