Book Title: 2100 A.D. #1-2

Book Description: The first two issues of “2100 A.D.” give us a tale of caution with an apocalyptic version of “A Christmas Carol”. Substitute humanity in place of Ebenezer Scrooge and artificial intelligence (AI) in place of Christmas. We see the ghost of AI past where it’s first used for automated phone calls. The ghost of AI present shows us that it has graduated to the point of giving us autonomous vehicles and vehicles of war. The ghost of AI future shows us that it is capable of making world impacting decisions. An AI named Arthur has taken over making critical decisions for the United States. The program had been involved with giving advice in the form of probable outcomes for so long that this move seemed logical. Arthur’s decisions are not just for the good of the United States. These decisions are for the good of humanity as a whole. When nations demonstrated the ability to play nicely with one another everyone prospered. Then North Korea got a crazy idea and launched a nuclear weapon at Japan. Arthur came to the conclusion that the only way to save humanity was to wipe it out. With a series of bribes and promises Arthur got humans to be its hands and do everything necessary to eradicate humanity. Arthur knew where to hit water supplies and where bioweapons were stored. Arthur could access drones and automated vehicles. It hit the world hard and fast. After the initial wave it had drones burn crop fields and wooded areas to deny humanity food and habitat. Despite Arthur’s best efforts some humans have banded together and are attempting to fight back. They have gone underground . When the humans come to the surface they are primarily foraging for food and gathering intelligence. How does one fight an enemy that is invisible if you are not off grid? How do you fight back against a vehicle that can not be hurt? How does one make it in the wilderness when survival skills have become a list art for most? These are questions that one must be able to answer if one is to survive in “2100 A.D.”

Book Author: Sean P. Terry

Book Format: Paperback

Publisher - Orgnization: Intelligen Comics

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Illustrator: Garry Gastonny

  • Story
    (4.6)
  • Interior Art
    (4.2)
  • Cover Art
    (3.9)
  • Dialogue
    (3.4)
  • Mechanics
    (3.9)
  • Editing
    (4)
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Summary

There have been few books that have struck me with how plausible the story is like “2100 A.D.”. We are constantly pushing the envelope with technology. We are already to the point of having vehicles that truly don’t require humans to be functional. Tesla cleared that hurdle about two years ago.

Humanity is so busy asking, “What’s next?” that they have quit asking if it should be done. The concept of stopping is blasphemy in the eyes of CEOs around the world. They all want to be selling the latest, greatest technology. Technology is like magic. Years ago “Once Upon a Time” taught us that all magic comes with a price.

I really enjoyed this cover’s artwork. You get great lines and coloring. The android arm promises us a story filled with future technology while the mushroom cloud clearly demonstrates that humanity still can’t get it together.

From the first page of the first issue the artwork on the interior pages announces it’s presence with authority. It’s crisp and detailed without being too busy. The AI on the screen is incredibly drawn and colored. Well done.

As a geek on a budget I’m all in on “2100 A.D.”. You get drama, action, and the unnerving feeling that this could actually happen. There is a Kickstarter campaign that is currently running where you can acquire a digital copy of the first two issues for the low price of $5.00. At $2.50 an issue that is a deal so good you won’t need Arthur to tell you what the best course of action is.

You can find this Kickstarter campaign at:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/intelligencomics/2100-ad-1-4-dystopian-future-ai-destroys-the-world?ref=user_menu

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