Binary Boys by Joshua M. Young

The Shogun's right hand man investigates an impossible murder and stumbles across a conspiracy that threatens to undermine galactic society.

Centuries from now, society has found a more humane way of dealing with murderers and rapists: Rather than execution, the criminals are given implants that allow a benevolent AI, Amida-Buddha, to control their bodies and counsel their minds inside the timeless reality of Dainichi, the cosmic buddha. The system has long thought to be foolproof, and the control of Amida absolute, until a former criminal-turned-monk murders one of his fellows in cold blood on a backwater world.

Ellison, the Shogunate's top agent, is a man who has exposed countless conspiracies and thwarted dozens of rebellions before they began. A natural choice for the investigation, Ellison arrives on site to find that the murder is really only incidental to far more disturbing events.

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  • First submitted Sept. 16, 2010
  • Last updated Sept. 16, 2010
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  • NMGriffis's avatar
    NMGriffis wrote 3 years, 6 months ago
    Okay. I've got to say that I don't normally go for 1st person novels, but you caught me good! I love the noir feeling and how you integrated the Japanese culture into a western styled novel. That's how it appeared to me, anyhow. You've also integrated all the scifi references very well so that the matter-of-fact delivery presents, and the delivers, like we already know what you're talking about. I had no problem with figuring out what the kamis are ...
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  • Riggs Bombay's avatar
    Riggs Bombay wrote 4 years, 4 months ago
    The premise is compelling and I love the blend of Jap motifs with sci-fi. The noir voice does its job, and when it hits the net it scores big. There are moments that bounce off the rim, and unfortunately these tend ring more flat than they should on account of just how hot the good moments are. Reign in your prose a bit. Don't try to be clever quite so often--save it to savor it. I predict this baby's gonna ...
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  • Becca's avatar
    Becca wrote 4 years, 5 months ago

    Sci-Fi is not my cup of tea, but your characters were well drawn and your writing was clean and polished. The dialogue is taught and fast paced, and even your punctuation is in order. You bring in the essence of the story early on,a sure way to hook your target audience early on.
    -Backed-

    xBeccaX
    The Forever Girl

  • Tamara G's avatar
    Tamara G wrote 4 years, 5 months ago

    A really good story that's fresh. The characters are well thought out and inventive. Backed.

    Tam G

  • Owen Quinn's avatar
    Owen Quinn wrote 4 years, 5 months ago

    A cracking scifi concept that is right up my street and a fresh take on perfect tech gone bad, very believable world with solid characterisation, just shows man's arrogance will always fall to hos darker side. Nicely done

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    Chean wrote 4 years, 5 months ago

    Fascinating read.....you have a natural talent and a style that resonates with the soul. Keep it up!

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    Chean wrote 4 years, 5 months ago

    Fascinating read.....you have a natural talent and a style that resonates with the soul. Keep it up!

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    Pia wrote 4 years, 5 months ago

    Joshua -

    Binary Boys - Great Title. I like the film noire atmosphere. And the Shogonate's top agent, Ellison, a cool, Bogart type, makes an excellent MC in a binary world. Plus, the foolproof Amida Buddha who controlls the implanted criminals is obviously missing something. I'd enjoy reading this.

    Backed, Pia (Course of Mirrors)

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    BadgerSensei Author wrote 4 years, 5 months ago
    [QUOTE] Hi, Joshua, Binary Boys provides an interesting combination of old mixed with new. We have the old-fashioned voice of the private eye, which adds wonderful humor. There are the old habits, the old vices, and a blend of various oldies into something new. I was trying to figure out what a kami is. I think that could stand some clarification. This looks like a fun read. Backed. Gloria Finnegan's Quest [ENDQUOTE] Thank you! In the context of the book, ...
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    gloria piper wrote 4 years, 5 months ago

    Hi, Joshua,
    Binary Boys provides an interesting combination of old mixed with new. We have the old-fashioned voice of the private eye, which adds wonderful humor. There are the old habits, the old vices, and a blend of various oldies into something new. I was trying to figure out what a kami is. I think that could stand some clarification. This looks like a fun read.
    Backed.
    Gloria
    Finnegan's Quest

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    Justis Call [Retired] wrote 4 years, 5 months ago

    Hmmm.....interesting work here.......it skillfully takes the "real" of today's world and slides it into a future galaxy resplendent with rough landings, planetary police, and meeting in a bar. It will be fascinating to get more into the nitty-gritty of it all!

    Backed,
    Justis Call
    Prestidigitations

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    Linda Lou [Retired] wrote 4 years, 5 months ago

    BINARY BOYS-Joshua M. Young
    hullo Joshua. I am not all that familiar with the sci fi genre but it seems like we, humanity, will never get away from those with the inclination to kill. Already shelved and backed.
    Please take a look at my book if you have not and thanks for that.
    Linda Lou Long
    Southern dis-Comfort
    http://www.authonomy.com/ViewBook.aspx?bookid=11421

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    Justis Call [Retired] wrote 4 years, 5 months ago

    LOVE this pitch - it is more than intriguing, the idea of controlling human behavior mixed with the appearance of potential 'conspiracy' (". . .far more disturbing events. . ." holds my interest. On my WL!

    Justis Call
    Prestidigitations

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    lizjrnm [Retired] wrote 4 years, 5 months ago

    Talented writing with an intriguing storyline makes this easy to back!

    Liz
    The Cheech Room
    A Fine Pickle

  • Tom Balderston's avatar
    Tom Balderston wrote 4 years, 5 months ago

    Akin to implanting pre-cogs in the mind-of-man. A Buddist Minority Report. Has potential. Will read more.
    Tom Balderston
    The Wonder of Terra

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    Alex Ryan wrote 4 years, 5 months ago

    From what I've read this has the bones of something really good. The structure, narrative and premise all get ticks from me, for what that's worth. I hope it continues to do well for you. Good luck with it. Cheers

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    Barry Wenlock wrote 4 years, 5 months ago

    Hi Josh,
    Excellent work. I loved 'the stout that wasn't', '...a tie that hung around because...' 'and i appreciated that more than the (very fancy) smoke' etc etc.
    Hugely entertaining, great use of language, consistent and gritty voice with more than a taste of dry wit.
    Backed with pleasure.
    Best wishes,
    Barry
    LITTLE KRISNA AND THE BIHAR BOYS

  • Elizabeth Wolfe's avatar
    Elizabeth Wolfe wrote 4 years, 5 months ago

    Dear Joshua,
    This is destined to be a classic a la 1984 by George Orwell or The Giver by Lois Lowry. What an interesting topic, mind control. Well done!

    BACKED
    Elizabeth Wolfe (MEMORIES OF GLORY)

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    Geordy Grayson Reid [Retired] wrote 4 years, 5 months ago

    Love the Buddha. Well done. Please check out TRANSIT THERAPY. Thanks.

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    missyfleming_22 [Retired] wrote 4 years, 5 months ago

    Quite an exciting thriller you've got going here! I wasn't sure I would like it to be honest but you have a great writing style that made your story come to life. While I don't read many books that take place in space, you got me invested in the plot and the characters. Nicely done! You have a wonderful imagination!

    Missy