Bruce Forciea is known for taking complex scientific concepts and making them easy to understand through engaging stories and simple explanations. He is an Amazon Best Selling Author and author of several books on healing and biology, along with science fiction thriller novels. His fiction writing draws on a diverse and eclectic background that includes touring and performing with a professional show, designing digital circuits, treating thousands of patients, and teaching. His stories include complex plots with unexpected twists and turns, quirky characters, and a reality very similar to our own. Dr. Forciea lives in Wisconsin and loves writing during the solitude of the long Northern winters.
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A brilliant artificial intelligence (AI) scientist, Dr. Alan Boyd, develops a new program that integrates part of his brain with a computer’s operating system. The program, Alan 2, can anticipate a user’s needs and automatically perform many tasks. A large software company, International Microsystems (IM) desperately wants the program and tempts Dr. Boyd with huge sums of money, but when Dr. Boyd refuses their offer, IM sabotages his job, leaving him in a difficult financial situation.Dr. Boyd turns to Alan 2 for an answer to his financial problems, and Alan 2 develops plan Alpha, which is a cyber robin hood scheme to rob from rich corporations via a credit card scam.Alan and his girlfriend Kaitlin travel to Mexico where they live the good life funded by plan Alpha, but the FBI cybercrime division has discovered part of Alan 2’s cyber escapades, and two agents, Rachel and Stu, trace the crime through the TOR network and Bitcoin.Alan 2 discovers the FBI is on to them and advises Alan and Kaitlin to change locations. A dramatic chase ensues taking them to St. Thomas, a cruise ship bound for Spain, and finally to Morocco.Will they escape detection? They will if Alan 2's Plan Beta can be implemented in time. Or is 'Plan B' something altogether different than it appears to be, something wholly sinister that will affect the entire population of the world?Watch the trailer at YouTube!
As a book bloggin’ and book luvin’ Princess, I’m always curious to find out how authors got the ideas for their books. How did you come up with the idea for your book?
I’ve often wondered if science could model the brain and, if so, could the human brain be combined with computer software. If this could happen, would the resulting program be content to serve users or would it have its own ideas of what its purpose is?
Can you tell us what your book is about?
Alan 2 is about an artificial intelligence program created by Dr. Alan Boyd. The program consists of a combination of Alan’s brain and a computer operating system. Alan hopes the program will be the cutting edge of artificial intelligence and will help users by serving them and helping them to work more efficiently.The problem is that Alan has a dysfunction past and struggles with addiction, so the program, Alan 2, inherits elements of this. Alan 2 gets on the internet and begins helping Alan by engaging in cybercrime. It also develops its own plans regarding its own purpose. Part of the plan is very sneaky and plays to Alan’s weaknesses and desires. Alan 2 then becomes extremely dangerous and endangers millions of people. You’ll have to read the book to find out what happens.
Can you tell us a little about the main characters of your book?
Dr. Alan Boyd is the main character along with his artificial intelligence creation, Alan 2. Alan is an artificial intelligence guru with a dysfunctional past. His equally dysfunctional and alcoholic girlfriend Kaitlin accompanies him on his journey. There are 2 FBI agents, Rachel and Stu who discover Alan and Kaitlin’s cybercrime spree and conduct a manhunt to find them.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would that be?
Let your imagination soar and don’t get too caught up in the details.
What would you say is one of your interesting writing quirks?
Do you hear from your readers? What do they say?
I always try to include something about the mysterious side of life in my stories. Concepts like intuition, deep connections between people and the almost paranormal way we sometimes communicate.
I do hear an assortment of comments. Some are completely opposite like one person says there was too much science in the story while another says there wasn’t enough.
What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
I’ve taken any criticism in stride and tried to learn from it as best I can. I can’t recall anything that has been particularly tough.
What has been the best accomplishment?
With regard to writing I would say it has been to make the transition from writing research based non-fiction to writing fiction.
Do you Google yourself?
Once in a while I check to see what’s out there on me.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
I did have a few unfinished works floating around my computer. I converted a few of these into short stories and produced a collection of them (Anomalies of Reality) that are available for free on my website.
Do you have anything specific that you would like to say to your readers?
First of all, thank you for your support and I sincerely hope my work allows you to escape reality for a while and go on exciting adventures with a group of interesting characters.