Blurbs describing “A.I.M.E.E.”

My latest novel is written, but there’s still plenty of work to be done. One such task is deciding on the “blurb” to describe it on both the back cover and the book description on Amazon. So far, I’ve come up with the following 2 brainstorms:
First blurb:

In 2396 AD, humanity launched its most ambitious interstellar exploration mission: IE32, a generation star ship bound for a potentially habitable world 44 light years from earth. Just as it was supposed to reach its destination, the ship vanished without a trace, capturing the public imagination and fueling rampant speculation about the ship and its crew’s fates. Centuries later, in 144 ICE (2647 AD), humanity has colonies spread throughout earth’s solar system and 5 different star systems. Gates, capable of generating traversable wormholes, link the colony worlds and make travel between them near-instantaneous.

Ray Harris is an interstellar star ship pilot with a chronic, painful, and incurable disease. He must rely on neural implants to manage his symptoms and an exosuit controlled telepathically via his implants for mobility. There’s a treatment for his disease, but it’s only available for the super-rich, which he’s not. In addition to slowly wasting away, Ray’s due to be grounded permanently because of the progression of his disease, until a mysterious benefactor offers him one last interstellar contract: a salvage mission to find out what happened to IE32, and recover anything he can from its presumed shipwreck.

Ray’s voyage puts him into the path of incredible danger, entangles him in dark secrets, and introduces him to the first fully sentient machine: A.I.M.E.E., a software module that was a part of IE32’s computer. Stranded on an alien planet, Ray must decide whether to trust his employers or A.I.M.E.E., and overcome incredible odds to survive and make it back home to earth. He must also face the dire threat that marooned IE32, a force that is a danger to all of humanity.

Ray also finds himself caught in the middle of debates about the role of Artificial Intelligence in the world and whether A.I.M.E.E. should even be allowed to exist. Oddly enough, in a secular world where 90% of humanity is atheist, A.I.M.E.E., a thinking machine, espouses belief in God and the conviction that “she” has an immortal soul. This is just one of many complications Ray must deal with as he tries to stay alive and share what he’s discovered with humanity.

Second blurb:

A.I.M.E.E. is the world’s first sentient machine. Originally part of a machine learning module on an interstellar star ship’s supercomputer, A.I.M.E.E. has become fully self-aware, with human-like thoughts, emotions, and incredibly, religious beliefs. The problem is, Artificial Intelligence is strictly outlawed and her very existence is considered an existential threat to humankind. No one knows of her existence, though, because 251 years after her ship, the IE32, took flight on an audacious 100 year voyage to explore a planet 44 light years from earth, A.I.M.E.E. is marooned on a dead alien world, the sole survivor of a fateful event that resulted in the crash-landing of IE32 on the planet it was sent to explore.

It’s now 144 ICE (2647 AD), and humanity has colonies spread throughout earth’s solar system and 5 different star systems. Gates, capable of generating traversable wormholes, link the colony worlds and make travel between them near-instantaneous. In spite of these advancements, Artificial Intelligence remains highly restricted and feared, and IE32’s disappearance 151 years ago continues to capture the public imagination. The field of robotics has become so sophisticated that superficially, it’s hard to tell the difference between a human and a machine. This results in the widespread use of human-like robots throughout service industries, where they fulfill roles in healthcare and office work, but also in seedier types of work as well. Denied the ability to learn, evolve, or even remember past experiences, the largely unthinking machines are nothing more than property or play things to humanity.

Ray Harris is an interstellar star ship pilot with a chronic, painful, and incurable disease. He must rely on neural implants to manage his symptoms and an exosuit controlled mentally via his implants for mobility. There’s a treatment for his disease, but it’s only available for the super-rich, which he’s not. In addition to slowly wasting away, Ray’s due to be grounded permanently because of the progression of his disease, until a mysterious benefactor offers him one last interstellar contract: a mission to find out what happened to IE32, and recover anything he can from its presumed shipwreck.

Ray’s interstellar mission puts him directly in the path of A.I.M.E.E., and forces him to question everything he thought he knew. It also exposes him to the same danger that mysteriously wiped out IE32’s crew and poses a danger to all humanity, a danger his employer apparently knows about but kept from him. Ray soon finds himself struggling against impossible odds simply to stay alive, while A.I.M.E.E. finds herself struggling to find her rightful place in the universe.

This is hard! There’s so much I could say about this novel, my longest to date, but how to let potential readers know what they’re getting themselves in for without either boring them or giving away too much? I’ll likely end up using something else entirely, but if you’re intrigued by the concept, and have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

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