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Imperfect (Lacuna) [Kindle Edition]

David Adams
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Book Description

On Belthas IV, the great forge world in the inner sphere of Toralii space, thousands of constructs -- artificial slaves, artificial lives -- are manufactured every week.

They are built identical, each indistinguishable from the other, until they are implanted with a stock neural net. From that moment onward every construct is different.

They all have one thing in common, though; all constructs are bound by rules. They serve. They do not question their place. They do not betray.

Each construct is different, but one is more different than the others...

A 4,300 word short story set in the Lacuna universe focused on the creation of Ben, later appearing in Lacuna: The Sands of Karathi, infused with a healthy dose of science.

Parts of the Lacuna universe:
  • Lacuna
  • Lacuna: The Sands of Karathi
  • Lacuna: The Spectre of Oblivion
  • Lacuna: The Ashes of Humanity (new release!)
  • Lacuna: The Prelude to Eternity (coming soon!)
Don't miss these short stories set in the Lacuna universe:
  • Magnet
  • Magnet: Special Mission
  • Magnet: Marauder
  • Magnet: Scarecrow
  • Magnet Omnibus I (new release!)
  • Imperfect
  • Faith

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5712 KB
  • Print Length: 17 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: David Adams; 1 edition (25 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007XPLJP0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,446 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

I've always been weaving tales in my mind... for as long as I've been alive. I have way, way, way too many stories to tell and far too little time to tell them.

I joined UFOP: Starbase 118, a Star Trek roleplay-by-emails group, in 2010 and it was there where I learned my craft. But despite being one of the more active writers in the group and simming to my heart's content, I still couldn't tell all the stories I wanted to. It was only in 2011 that I actually started shaping and weaving those random, jumbling, chaotic masses of thoughts into coherent narratives and began self-publishing.

It's now 2012. By day I'm a software engineer... but by night I write a little science fiction, a little fantasy, a little humour and comedy, and a few other things all over the place.

Life is good now... and I think it's going to get better.

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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 15 Mar. 2014
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Just the sort of book I go for. Well worth a read. Could not put it down so so good
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3.0 out of 5 stars Thank you 31 Jan. 2015
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A short story (teaser) as part of the Lacunaverse with a rather unsatisfactory ending. It would probably be better if read as part of a longer story. Still, a pleasant enough distraction.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 1 Jan. 2015
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It is ok
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing 7 Jun. 2012
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This is a short story set in the Lacuna universe. The beginning of this story weaves the tale behind the legend and lore of golems made from sand that could become animated using dark magic. These golems were slaves to their masters and could not disobey. Then jumping to the future the golems are now constructs which are animated to perform specific tasks. After all of the background and technical jargon on how the golems were created in the past compared to how constructs are created in present day we meet a construct that is coming off the assembly line to pass inspection and be cleared for duty and get to hear his thought processes as well as see things from the perspective of the woman performing the inspection interview.

This story is very well written and easy to follow along and understand what is happening, even with no prior knowledge of the Lacuna universe. David Adams makes the discussion of history and technical aspects behind the constructs into a very intriguing read pulling you into the story bit by bit. Overall, I really enjoyed reading about the concept and would love to read a longer work concerning this plot line.

Despite all of the things I enjoyed about this story there is one thing that really bothered me, the ending. The author describes this piece as a standalone story, yet on that point I am going to have to disagree. After reading through and seeing "The end" at the bottom of the page, my first thought was, this must be wrong, where is the rest? While, I understand this is a short story and it is supposed to go by quickly, upon reaching the end it really felt more like a prologue or excerpt from a larger work rather than a story that could stand alone. Perhaps if I was more familiar with some of the other works written in this world I would feel differently, but as I said before it was very intriguing and I would be very interested to find out more about this "imperfect" construct as a longer work.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent Sci Fi 1 Jun. 2012
By Anni - Published on
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Imperfect is a short story set within David Adam's Lacuna Universe.
It begins with a mystical flavour, steeped in lore and legend. Then fast-forwards to the high-tech production line of constructs in Belthas IV. A stock neural net gives each construct memories and abilities, with each construct programmed to obey. Being that the production of constructs is 'organic', each construct is carefully evaluated to test whether they meet standards. The tester in the Imperfect story is suitably bored, until a single instance with one of the constructs occurs.

Imperfect is brilliant in its description of how the constructs are given life - each finely crafted detail lends a base understanding of the forge world of Belthas IV. I crave believable, detailed explanation when reading sci fi, and this didn't disappoint. (Although if I wanted to nitpick, I'd say the description of the construct creation is slightly lengthy - possibly because at this point, I'm wondering if the description is all scene-setting. It does however, directly relate to what follows and gives a richer layer to the construct that we meet.) The language used in the description has just the right of amount of distance, like a documentary, which gives it a quality that feels authentic.

We jump into the mind of one of the constructs - a newly-created mind that is self-aware. So self-aware that it understands the fragility of its existence, and knows fear just as keenly as a being that has lived out in the world for years. David Adams creates a stunning portrayal of this construct and its existence on the edge of life. All beings battle for life, no matter how life is gifted, and David Adams creates this battle within something that has been alive for mere minutes, evoking pathos and poignancy.

I would definitely read on from this point.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Imperfect 2 Jun. 2012
By The Critic - Published on
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Liked this short story too David! A good read in your own style - I did not want it to end!I recommend to others who enjoyed this story, a short story David has written called "Magnet", one of the same Lacuna series. It is a small glimpse into the world you have created - and I like your creation!! Very cinematic style - would make a marvelleous movie.
5.0 out of 5 stars Story is good 16 Oct. 2013
By Bobby Faria - Published on
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The story is worthy of a Star Trek movie. I can't wait to read the next installment of the story.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 5 July 2013
By pam - Published on
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Loved the Lacuna Series. Can't wait til Ashes of Humanity comes out this years. I don't know the month. I wish there were alot more in the series.
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