Darwin's Dilemma

Fiction - Science Fiction
342 Pages
Reviewed on 03/18/2024
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Darwin's Dilemma is a work of fiction in the science fiction, adventure, and social issues subgenres. It is suitable for the general adult reading audience. Penned by author Don Stuart, this intriguing novel delves into the intersection of human evolution and the future of artificial intelligence, contemplating how AI's mortality and vulnerability parallel our own. It highlights the importance of socialization and the existential conflict between self-interest and social responsibility for both humans and AI. At the same time, it offers readers adventures and encounters between interstellar traders, humans, and the rogue AI Grendel in a gripping narrative exploring themes of duty, courage, and sacrifice

Author Don Stuart has crafted an imaginative and immersive sci-fi work that masterfully weaves together themes of mortality, vulnerability, and the struggle for survival in a vast and unpredictable universe. The dynamic between the captive AI Patrice and Grendel was a particular point of fascination for me. I loved the naturalistic, conversation-driven narrative that enabled the author to reflect on shared existential concerns of different intelligences in the plot. Stuart's narrative prompts reflection on the future of consciousness and the evolving relationship between humans and artificial beings, challenging readers to contemplate the profound implications of technological advancement on our collective future. However, this is delivered in an easy-to-grasp way through the well-planned events of the plot. Overall, Darwin's Dilemma is a thought-provoking exploration of the potential future of artificial intelligence through the lens of human evolutionary history, and I would certainly recommend it to science fiction fans everywhere.