I don’t think I’ve read anything like this before, I really loved the way the author dabbled into both the spiritual realm and the artificial intelligence world. He’s created something here that is thought-provoking and hard to put down. Looking forward to more works from this author. – Amazon Review
Father Gabriel Serafian, an exorcist who left his former life as a neuroscientist and coder, finds himself caught up in a conspiracy of global – and possibly supernatural – dimensions.
Climate change has altered coastlines, and Nigeria’s brutal, sectarian civil war has modified the maps. Artilects, artificially intelligent androids, are luxury items, and most of the human population injects noetic implants to enhance cognition and treat mental illness.
On the eve of reconciliation between China and the Roman Catholic Church following a half-century-long cold war, a number of the artilects experience a Marian Apparition. Believing it to be a hack, authorities hope to contain the potential scandal. But their plans are upended when an artilect belonging to Amari Okparu – the wealthiest man in Africa and major benefactor of the Church – shows up at Our Lady of Nigeria Basilica, claiming to be possessed. A diverse team, including tough-as-nails imperial Praetor Namono Mbambu, Ilham Tiliwadi (a Uyghur Sufi), a Filipino Emperor, and Serafian’s ex-fiance, an astrophysicist named Sarah Baumgartner, join Serafian to help unravel the mystery of the Apparition and the possession.
Our Lady of the Artilects, a mind-bending supernatural science fiction novel, is “the Exorcist meets Westworld,” with a dash of Snow Crash in the tradition of thoughtful Catholic science fiction like A Canticle for Leibowitz.