A man is nothing but a man, But before I let your steam drill beat me down, I’d die with a hammer in my hand…
– Ballad of John Henry*
According to the ballad that made him famous, John Henry did battle with a steam-powered drill, beat the machine, and died.
In the cyberpunk world of 2080, MamaMood, Byte, and Binary Blaze join forces to uncover the truth about the enigmatic group known as The Luminaries. Their quest takes them through a dystopian Neonova, filled with cybercrime and megacorporate control, as they navigate a treacherous digital landscape.
Part cyberpunk fiction novel part computer science experiment, Man vs Machine is author Chris Godber’s experiment with writing fiction in collaboration with ChatGPT. Godber’s aim is simple – see if he can write a semi-cohesive Cyberpunk thriller in tandem with AI and determine if he gains anything from the experience.