Singularity/Universal Machine

A friend challenged anyone to turn up a Singularity story (machines achieve sentience) that relied on no cliches. I totally misunderstood what he was talking about, but wrote this story anyway. It's about a PI investigating a crime in the not-too-distant future in my hometown, Chicago.

Told from a first-person perspective, the main character was intended to be an amalgamation of myself and the friend who issued the challenge. His name is Beethoven, although people call him Bate. It's a decent read; and I intended (or perhaps still intend to, someday) submit it to publishers or convert it into a graphic novel.

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