After Mind - Visionary sci-fi journey into artificial intelligence and robot dreams


No one can ever be the same human twice.

After Mind crosses incredible technology with intense human emotion in the near-future story of a boy who is brought back to life by an Artificial Intelligence breakthrough.

…Is he a human trapped by an agonizing secret, or a hallucinating AI who dreams of escape through the stars?

Awards and Accolades

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A rewarding tesseract of a novel that doesn’t release its secrets easily.

San Francisco Book Review - 5 Stars

5/5-STARS – Utterly, Utterly Human

“A book where the characters struggle and are utterly, utterly human. The story does something very clever. This is a story of how a family deals with the loss and potential rebirth of a lost member… as told through his eyes. … It may be one of the oldest questions in Science Fiction, what is a human? What does it mean to be human? How much can we remove and still be called human? Like Theseus’ ship, how much can you replace, even with identical parts, and still have the same ship? AFTER MIND does not attempt to answer these questions, but rather, leaves the reader to wonder and explore. We are both fascinated and repelled by the idea, much like Cessini and the oceans he dreams of.”

Readers Favorite Reviews and Award Contest

A Great Book – Surprisingly Intense

I think this book is awesome, timely, and a much-needed relief from tales of Massive Main Frames with missiles under their control or superhuman robots pissed off at their makers. There is a lot of talk in the media and among intellectuals about how close we are to the “Singularity.” Some people are frightened by Artificial Intelligence. Some people look for AI to save us from ourselves. The way Spencer Wolf looks at this coming breakthrough, for better or worse, these beings will be our children. After Mind shows us what kind of fathers and mothers we should strive to become to this brave new generation. After Mind is as much about love and family as it is about technology. A great book.” –Ray Simmons

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5-STARS – Isaac Asimov would be Proud

“…The novel takes a hugely emotional turn, exploring what it means to be human in a world where technology has a mind of its own. Spencer Wolf has created an accomplished, sensational novel that Isaac Asimov would be proud of. What begins as an interesting conceptual take on artificial intelligence quickly transforms into a heartrending journey. Packet is an endearing hero whom all sci-fi fans will relate to, and his fascinating psychological and technological journey is nothing short of a science fiction masterpiece. The concepts are big and exciting, right to the final conclusion, with plenty of incredible yet believable ideas to chew over. I found After Mind compelling and well-paced, which made it difficult to put down and impossible to stop thinking about long after I’d finished the tale. Overall, I’d highly recommend this book to anyone who appreciates thought-provoking science fiction.

IndieReader Approved - 5 STARS - TOP BOOK PICK - AFTER MIND


AFTER MIND is a stunning, reality-bending sci-fi adventure. An Artificial Intelligence must discover his identity in order to protect the world from an insidious threat. Wolf is an excellent sci-fi writer, masterfully balancing the complex layers of setting and character at work in the novel – interiority and exteriority, past and present, vision and reality. He does not bother to hold the reader’s hand: the story starts at a sprint and rarely pauses to offer explanation. There are sufficient clues dropped along the way for the reader to pick the trail up quickly, and the world is presented with enough confidence that the audience never feels as though they are not in able hands. Wolf is particularly skilled at describing technology, finding the inherent vitality and bringing it to the forefront of the image… Despite the fact that so much of this landscape is alien, the story is surprisingly relatable and relevant to modern life. The plot is complex, original, and impossible to predict; everything about the story feels untrodden and immediate.

eBook Cover Design Awards Gold Star Winner - Spencer Wolf

After Mind Cover Design Wins Gold Star Award!

“I brought my feature-film advertising experience to the design of my debut eBook cover. I wanted a cinematic look to bring the viewer into the mind of the main character. I used color to establish mood, while mindful of “backlit” eReaders versus print and the white backgrounds of online storefronts.”

JF: It does have a cinematic look, and it’s perfectly focused. ★

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“An Artificial Intelligence must discover his identity in order to protect the world from an insidious threat.”

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Powerful and amazing…

“Exquisite writing, imagination, and meticulous research. Spellbinding science and technology, carried forward by a powerful story and believable characters who make you care, laugh, worry, cry and cheer.”

‘Technology doesn’t kill the imagination of children. It lets it fly.’

.…A fascinating psychological and technological journey … What makes us human? Our flesh? Our emotions? Our mind? Or could it be the influence of imagination that sets us apart as a species?”

After Mind was like no book I have ever read.

“The story of a boy named Packet was so unique. Wolf’s detailed writing brought the vivid characters to life. As a former non-science fiction reader, I can say my mind is now changed.”

An intoxicating read

“A story of possibilities, suspense, and adventure.”

Excellent story, excellent characters

Wolf took a boy with a rare disease, put his brain in a box, scrambled it all up into bits… and you watch what comes out as the boy resurrects it. Excellent story, excellent characters who are flawed, loving, hateful, guilty, evil, loyal—human, in other words—in breathtaking settings in Australia and inner space.”

Perfectly pulled together…

I was amazed at the way Wolf captured the art of understanding life through the eyes of a child as much as through the ‘memories’ of an artificially intelligent being. The combination of sci-fi, psychology, engineering and drama was perfectly pulled together with characters that leave you rooting for a happy ending.”

Stunning imagery. Beautiful and satisfying.

I really liked the relationships between the characters… It combines robots, memory alteration, and A.I. with relatable character struggles related to illness, growing up, family, and finding / understanding oneself.”

Gripping Sci-Fi…

The ethical dilemmas surrounding technology are also underlying this novel. Not only does it pose major questions of ethics and humanity, but it also delves into family relationships and dynamics. After Mind has something for everyone.”

A delightful Sci-Fi puzzle

This one isn’t just a great techy sci-fi book, the characters are very deep, well developed and you really care about them…. I could really appreciate all the nuance of this person struggling to be a human then struggling to be a post-human. But feel comfortable on your first read that neither You nor the Author are crazy! Apparently, this is the author’s first novel. The way he holds the suspense and makes us question ahead is masterful. Amazing writing style and skill.

What is After Mind About?

Cessini Madden lives with an extremely rare medical condition… then his physical life ends before he reaches age thirteen.

After an Artificial Intelligence breakthrough, Cessini is reborn as a young AI child named Packet. Scared and living alone in a technology center, Packet recognizes nothing from his past, save for one thing: he is deathly allergic to water.

When a mysterious doctor gives him a chance to recover his memories, Packet must face the tormented boy he once was. He must be the courageous lost son his family remembers and loves. But now as his world collapses around him, his greatest challenge remains … even a child’s best memories are made to be changed.

Real or AI, no one can ever be the same human twice.

From the near-future suburbs to the lush Australian forests, from the depths of the oceans to the promise of space, Packet’s urgent struggle for existence grabs hold in everyday victories and extraordinary dreams. After Mind tells a story about the underlying nature of humanity, the impact of undying devotion, and the incredible next generation of us.

AFTER MIND is hard science fiction softened by real emotion, true to life characters, and a bold, dynamic plot… all told from the perspective of an adventurous young boy who’s come back to life.

A Technology Companion for After Mind

Mind swirling with ideas
Young Packet was first born when his body was twelve and his mind was little more than a swirl of thoughts rising toward the source of a light.

Posthuman Dreams: 37 Inventions of our After Mind World

The top list of sci-fi that’s turning real today and predictions for what’s on the horizon

After Mind explores amazing technologies that stem from deeper dreams. Intense human relationships underpin the story while 37 human and post-human inventions open so many doors.

1.   General AI that interprets human memories and thrives with an imagination and dreams of its own.

2.   AI Psychology as the new science of humans helping AIs adapt to their new sense of self.

3.   Mind Uploading to bring a human’s lost mind back to life.

4.   Brain Scanning through a combination of nanobot “throwers” that travel and transmit their signals from within the brain to external “catchers” that receive and interpret the whole of the mind. Built on advanced Magnetoencephalography (MEG), the throwers and catchers measure the small magnetic fields that are produced within the brain.

5.   Quantum Computers and Qubits (also spelled ‘Qbit’). Where a standard computer bit can only be a zero or one, a Qubit exists in the strange and wonderful quantum world and can be either a zero or one, or the superposition of both zero and one at the same time. [Spoiler Alert: If Packet’s mind is a quantum computer, then one of its Qubits is represented by Cessini and Ceeborn; each being one of Packet’s two different states of being, and the superposition of both at the same time. Other Qubits include: the reaction or adaption to water; mind or body; reality or imagination; technology or nature; and fate or free-will. Packet is always one or the other, and both at the same time.]

6.   Mind-Body Problem. Exploring the location of consciousness and the soul from the systems engineering perspective.

7.   Enhanced Blackwell Inversion Test (EBIT). An Epistemological test, designed to be failed on its first attempt, that is given to a general AI. The persistent AI will return to self-determine if it is a computer, a human, or a human-computer. The EBIT goes well beyond the Enhanced Turing Test which adds pictures and visual complexity to the Turing Test. The Turing Test is used with text-based conversations to judge for indistinguishability between a human and a machine.

8.   CRISPR Genome Editing for precise, targeted changes to the human genome to improve or repair the genetic code of life. CRISPR stands for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats.

9.   Memory Alteration to rewrite undesirable memories or introduce new ones into a general AI’s sense of experience.

10.   Dream Streaming to observe and interpret an individual’s health and development, including full-color video and audio links to external monitors in real time.

11.   Bio-inspired Software that is designed to age naturally like the brain cells it replaces. Once the software code itself ages, then the hormonal drives and declines that accompany natural human aging has the proper impact on decision making and an AI’s developmental progress. An uploaded human mind can then mature through the human stages of emotion and life.

12.   Cochlear implants so the hearing-impaired can hear and the computer-based mind can receive sounds and connect with voices from the outside world.

13.   Direct Visual Cortex projection so visual stimuli can bypasses the eye itself and project instead directly onto the simulated visual cortex of the mind, giving the computer-based mind the ability to “see” the world in which it lives.

14.   Echolocation (bio sonar) through Nano particle infusions to give humans the ability to target and see objects via the reflection and measurement of emitted sound waves.

15.   Respirocytes as a nano-mechanical replacement for blood cells that provide oxygen-rich blood to our bodies, unlocking hours-long breathing underwater.

16.   Dark Magnetocytes, founded in the new science of Quantum Biology, to ensure a living body can align and maintain its 360 degree orientation within its surroundings.

17.   Artificial Hearts that grow physically with the patient and monitor their health from youth to adulthood.

18.   Artificial Skin that is painted onto a robot’s body.

19.   Smart Contact Lenses with streaming internet feeds.

20.   3D-printing of Human Organs and other mechanical parts with a networked catalog of choosable products.

21.   Multi-Acting Vaccines with hundreds of individual viral and bacterial targets in one administration.

22.   Crowd-Sourced Data Mining of massive healthcare record databases to identify pharmaceutical targets of opportunity.

23.   Crowd-Sourced Cures for Genetic Mutations through massive multi-player software coding challenges and online gaming quests.

24.  Meat Fields grown through Aeroponic (in air) and Hydroponic (in water) gardening that provides protein-rich food for a population.

25.  Massive Data Center Size Reduction from current large-scale facilities down to a single room environment, then further down to the size of a human brain, then ultimately down to the size of a red blood cell, all with increasing computational power.

26.   Robotic Security Torsos at the security checkpoints of facilities; and autonomous, ant-like patrols that keep order in the community.

27.   ScrollFlex – Transparent, Rollable Digital Tablets with attached finger-keys for interacting and playing with modified apps; and the flexibility to “dog-ear” precious photos in memory.

28.   Self-Fitting Athletic Suits that are scrunchable into a tight ball, then flicked open like a sheet; only microns thick, with a semi-metallic sheen. The self-fitting suit actively monitors the wearer’s body vitals and corrects their imbalances.

29.   Athletic Training Drones on running tracks that fly ahead of their human trainees and motivate them to optimum performance.

30.   Self-Cleaning Paint spiked with nanoparticles to keep the exterior of a building clean from dirt and dust, especially in rain.

31.   Networked Cybersecurity “Digital Ants” for electric grid monitoring and swarming onto a threat, with the goal of complete neutralization.

32.   Human-like, Chatbot Hosts on roving projection screens that crawl the internet for 24-hour news and information and are hired to moderate events on any topic, any time.

33.  Hydroelectric Power Plant Retrofits optimized with superconductor turbines for large-scale power generation, ultra-high efficiency, and a secure energy grid.

34.   Internet of Things networked appliances.

35.   Fully Autonomous Cars on networked roads, that may still be unfortunately hackable.

36.   Generation Bio-ship that is grown, not built, to carry a multi-thousand person colony between distant worlds; a colossal spacecraft of living architecture.

37.   Spacedust Fuel to power a massive bio-ship on a long, imaginative journey amongst the stars

And what’s beyond our posthuman dreams? Will there be natural humans? Human-Computers? Perhaps we should all strive to be passionate non-experts.

Posthuman dreams: A boy alone in a data center

In their book BOLD, Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler quote Henry Ford, who said about his employees, “None of our men are ‘experts.’ …Get rid of a man as soon as he thinks himself expert… A man who knows a job sees so much more to be done than he has done, that he is always pressing forward and never gives an instant of thought to how good and how efficient he is. …Thinking always of trying to do more brings a state of mind in which nothing is impossible. The moment one gets into the ‘expert’ state of mind a great number of things become impossible.”

In our posthuman future, one thing will be certain. We, in whatever form “we” are, won’t be the experts anymore. Here’s to the future of the possible.


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Spencer Wolf on his Mindbender Sci-Fi Novel “After Mind”

I was privileged to be interviewed by Socrates (aka Nikola Danaylov). We talk about science fiction, life extension, my concept of an Enhanced Inversion Test for AI, and the personal stories that shape who we are. Watch for a vision of the future mixed with some memories of the past… and a super powerful computer from back in its day.

Dear Reader,

I have a different perspective on sci-fi.

Computers don’t read books written by other computers, at least not yet the way people read for pleasure or escape. I think of sci-fi in terms of characters first and how they fit into their world. All the technology on this planet, or others, no matter how spectacularly envisioned, can’t save a written story if there aren’t real, relatable characters who leap from the page.

So, what is After Mind about? It’s more than near-future gizmos or life-changing AI breakthroughs. It’s an original story told from the unique perspective of a human mind simulated inside a computer. It’s intrusive. We’ll dive into the mind of a developing AI child. It’s sci-fi. It’s a puzzle of life.

After Mind is also story about the incredible next generation of us.

Science fiction is as limitless as the multi-verse and the broadest reaches of our minds, but in the end, it all must come back to the words on the page, the letters read by a human, and a point best felt by those with a heart.

I wrote After Mind to be just such a book.

I hope you enjoy it.


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Title: After Mind

Author: Spencer Wolf

Publisher: BentStrong Books

ISBN: 978-0-986-21751-7 (Paperback)

ISBN: 978-0-986-21750-0 (Hardcover)

ISBN: 978-0-986-21752-4 / ASIN: B00SXUQA8U (eBook)

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