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Guest Post for Sybrina’s Book Blog

Sybrina’s Book Blog is the fourteenth stop in my virtual book tour for “Can Machines Bring Peace?”.
Read the guest post here.

Sybrina’s Book Blog is the fourteenth stop in my virtual book tour.

Hi Sybrina, thank you so much for hosting me on your site. You must have had a lot of fun writing “Journey to OSM – The Blue Unicorn’s Tale” if the description of your novel is: “The Blue Unicorn’s Tale by Sybrina Durant is an enchanting escapade about a metal-horned tribe of space-faring unicorns stranded a universe away from their home world of Unimaise. It is full of magic and adventure with walloping dashes of pseudosciencey stuff sprinkled throughout. It also offers a thought-provoking look into love and war amongst the other denizens of MarBryn… including Magh, the sorcerer who wants to kill all unicorns.” Wow!

Hello everyone, thank you for joining me on this site. Sybrina asked me to explain about the wonders of the Marvelous Thinking Machine.

Kazimir is the sole survivor of a peace mission gone bad. And he HAS to improve the way these missions go. Pondering on how to do this, he suddenly finds himself in the crowd of the Tanabata festival. He can hardly cope with all these happy people who have no idea that he lost his team members. He walks by a festival attraction and the owner of the stand catches his attention: Wouldn’t he like to try to get real answers? Kazimir blurts out the question about the meaning of life. The owner takes the question very seriously and puts his Marvelous Thinking Machine to work. It rattles, and steam comes out of openings, and it whistles and at the end of its thinking process a note pops out of a letterbox. And the answer isn’t all that bad, thinks Kazimir.

Then and there, Kazimir decides he also wants a thinking machine – one that can help bring peace. Only, he has no clue how to build one. And he doesn’t know that the Marvelous Thinking Machine at the festival is just a festival attraction. Lots of bells and whistles, and a small kid inside choosing the right answers based on cues from the owner.

When he later asks the owner to help him build a thinking machine, he gets a lot of technical jargon. Even his engineer can’t follow the descriptions and workings. And the owner of the Marvelous Thinking Machine hesitates putting his secrets into writing. And of course, he can only do this for a hefty sum.

Other members of the team see the situation for what it is: an elaborate confidence trick. And, they send the owner of the festival machine packing. But Kazimir is shocked. How will they ever build the real machine now?

But his engineer already has a rudimentary Thinking Machine in place. And throughout the story they keep adding new modules to deal with the peace missions that Kazimir wanted to be successful.

So, the true wonder of the Marvelous Thinking Machine isn’t its entertainment value, but its spark of inspiration that leads to the real Thinking Machine to bring peace.