Authors that Have Inspired Us
We have both been influenced by the works of Ray Bradbury, Aldous Huxley, and George Orwell, all of whom have tackled the genre of science fiction in groundbreaking ways. While we both cite these authors for inspiring us to take on sci-fi, here are a few of our individual favorites:
Kurt - Arthur C. Clarke, for his imaginative science fiction work, Jimmy Buffett, for his brilliant storytelling abilities, and Ernest Hemingway, for his direct style and ability to masterfully capture the life of a fisherman.
Jess - There are far too many to list, but here are a few: Gillian Flynn and Tana French, for crafting complex psychological tales, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Virginia Woolf for their ability to examine gender issues through writing, Dave Eggers, for his unique stream-of-consciousness style, and David Sedaris, whose satire never disappoints.
Our Favorite Books of All Time
Kurt- 20,000 Leagues under the Sea by Jules Verne, The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, and 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
Jess - A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Night Film by Marisha Pessl, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf, and many, many more!
The Fictional Characters We would Invite to a Party
Katniss Everdeen, Daisy Buchanan, Lisbeth Salander (from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series), Harry Hole from Jo Nesbo’s detective series (but keep him away from the booze), both Nick and Amy from Gone Girl (but maybe keep them on opposite sides of the room), Hagrid (he’d make a great bouncer), and just to add some extra fun because we love animals, Enzo from The Art of Racing in the Rain, as well as Water for Elephants’ Rosie, along with her trainer, Marlena
Computer Love Inc. II: Gestation
Computer Love Inc. Series
Kurt and Jessica Hansen
Genre: Science Fiction
Number of pages: 215
Word Count: 46,095
Cover Artist: Steven J. Catizone
After the sudden deaths of two previous Computer Love Inc. CEOs, Marius takes control of the company. Embracing the talents of his godson, John, and his best friend, Zak, he hires the boys to oversee the Companion Services Division.
Marius refines his breakthrough technology, the Brain Machine Download, and as a result, creates his double, M2, as the prototype. Together, they ignite the future of
Computer Love Inc. by acquiring an elite team of scientists to expand the company’s technological boundaries. Meanwhile, Marius struggles with the government’s demands for a clandestine initiative - the Secret Service Companion.
Between the looming government presence and the overwhelming force behind his new team of inventors, can Marius survive the outcome of his own creations?
The room remained silent. Ten pairs of eyes were fixed on Marius, not even a single person consumed with a hangnail or discreetly checking messages on his or her unit.
“So then – and please forgive me when I say this, because often it seems that social delicacies elude me; I’m sure you all possess unique and likeable personalities, but really – it’s your brains that we’re after here.”
Again Marius paused. By now, some gazes had shifted: faces looked amongst one another, gauging reactions – animals measuring a threat by observing the rest of the pack.
“Have you ever heard someone say, ‘Can I pick your brain’? Essentially, that’s what I’d like to do here. I need your brilliance, and I implore you to consider this proposal. I would like to perform a Brain Machine Download on each of you in order to capture your intelligence. Is everyone familiar with what the theory of the BMD is, or what it entails?”
If they were not familiar, no one spoke up or raised a hand. Again, the looks flashed around the room – there were a few who wanted to know more, but, seeing that no one else had first spoken up, they remained quiet. Marius had seen it. Even in the wisest, cowardice lives…
About the Authors:
Kurt and Jessica Hansen reside in northern New Jersey . Kurt has worked in the aerospace electronics industry for over three decades and enjoys the outdoors, writing, and composing music. Kurt is easily recognized with a guitar in his lap, a pencil in his mouth, and a piece of paper in front of him.
Jessica graduated from Montclair State University, summa cum laude, with a B.A. in English. Her favorite pastimes include reading, running and spending time with her family. She can usually be found with a book in one hand and a hazelnut coffee in the other.