Lost Tales of Solace

Lost Tales of Solace (LToS) is a spin-off series to accompany the main Lost Solace books. LToS are short side-stories set in the Lost Solace universe, each tale focussing on a particular character, filling in some gaps in the main story or scenes from the character's past.

Helene (Lost Tale #1)

Dr Helene Vermalle is shaping the conscience of a goddess-level AI.

As a leading civilian expert in Emergent AI Socialisation, she has been invited to assist in a secret military project.

Her role? Helping ViraUHX, the most advanced AI in the universe, to pass through four theoretical development stages. But it's not easy training a mind that surpasses her in raw intellect. And the developing AI is capable of killing her with a single tantrum.

On top of this, she must prove her loyalty to the oppressive government hovering over her shoulder. They want a weapon. She wants to instil an overriding sense of morality.

Can she teach the AI right and wrong without being categorised as disloyal?

Book Length: 17,200 words
ISBNs: E-book 978-1-911278-15-3


5* "Helene is a lovely character, we don't get to know her too well over the course of so short a time, but at the same time, you do get the sense of her character. I will say, that the developing relationship between her and Via, is lovely to read, and counts as either foreshadowing or a callback depending on what order you read the series in. The dialogue between them is top notch, and I love the Aseides' laws (Read it to find out what those are)!
Drinkwater's writing, is of course, suberb as always. I need to touch on that. If you have never found yourself feeling emotion for an artificial intelligence, this may be the book series for you. The Terminator series of movies has touched on that in ways, remember that scene at the end of T2 when Schwarzenegger's hand disappeared? There are some moments... that I promise are as good in this series."
-- John-Michael Lelievre, Goodreads

5* "A great short story which is set in the solace universe. It sets out events before Lost Solace and fleshes out more of political and social aspects. It deals with the complications of growing an AI.
I like Karl's writing style and Lost Solace kickstarted a reinvigorated love of sci-fi and horror that I'd been missing for a while.
This is a good start if you want to get into the Solace universe."

-- Ally Rowan, Goodreads

5* "The interaction between Helene and the AI is just as amusing, descriptive, and wonderful as it is in the other two books, this is Drinkwater at his best!
I love the universe that has been created here, and how each book reveals a little more. I can't wait for more! Highly recommend."

-- Helen, Goodreads

5* "I loved this novella. It's basically a conversation between a new powerful AI that's just learning and its teacher named Helene. Can't say much more as it will spoil it, but safe to say this answers some questions I had when I read Lost Solace, so it was well worth it.
There are some really funny bits and a lot to think about with respect to AI and how difficult it would be for a computer to effectively represent a human. Just understanding humour is a huge task that the AI has a lot of trouble understanding with all its subtleties. There are also some really tense moments.
Highly recommended."

-- KHB, Goodreads

"Helene is primarily a two-hander between 'AI socialisation specialist' Helene Vermalle and the AI ViraUHX, who will become Opal's AI. The story very much centres on the relationship between Helene and the AI, and the way that the AI develops. As a result, a lot of the novella is conversation - but there's some really interesting and engaging stuff exploring how an AI might learn to become near-human. A worthy addition to the series."
-- PopularScience

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