Thursday, September 9, 2021

NBtM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway - Can Machines Bring Peace?: Hope in a Post-Apocalyptic Age (The Thinking Machine Trilogy #1) by Floor Kist

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual book tour for Can Machines Bring Peace?: Hope in a Post-Apocalyptic Age by Floor Kist. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book and a great guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $30 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Can Machines Bring Peace?: Hope in a Post-Apocalyptic Age
Series: The Thinking Machine Trilogy #1
Author: Floor Kist
Publication Date: March 3rd 2021
Print Length: 238 pages
Genre: Science Fiction
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Can a machine bring peace? Or are humans built for war?

450 years after Earth was bombed back to the Stone Age, a young diplomat searches for lost human settlements. Kazimir Sakhalinsk narrowly escapes an exploration mission gone wrong and searches for ways to make future missions safer for his people. A festival introduces him to the Marvelous Thinking Machine.

A machine Kazimir believes can change everything.

For his admiral it’s nothing more than a silly fairground gimmick. But Kazimir is convinced. Convinced enough to go against orders and build one of his own. Convinced enough to think he can bring peace. Convinced enough to think humanity is worth saving. What if he’s wrong?

He asks his hikikomori sister, a retired professor filling her empty days, the owner of the festival machine and the admiral’s daughter for help. Will that be enough?

**The eBook is only $0.99 to buy!**

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EXCERPT:
Aisake sees Kazimir at the kissaten, eating a bowl of rice and a roll. Aisake’s stomach gurgles. He hasn’t eaten since yesterday. Nothing in Kazimir’s demeanor suggests he is hiding accomplices, no nervousness, no sneaky peeks at hiding places. Had it been anyone else, then Aisake would have spun around and left quickly. But he saw Kazimir respond to the Marvelous Thinking Machine. He wants something. And he’s probably willing to pay for it. ‘A meal for today, at least’, Aisake imagines as he walks toward the open seat.

Aisake is surprised Kazimir stands as he approaches. ‘Hmm, maybe even two meals today.’

“Mr. TÅ«matarau, thank you for taking the time for me,” Kazimir says, making a short bow.

Kazimir eagerly sits down. “Mr. TÅ«matarau, perhaps you remember me. I visited the Marvelous Thinking Machine during the festival.” Aisake grunts, looking around bored.

“Well, I’m trying to build a Thinking Machine myself, and I was hoping you could advise me on how to proceed.”

Aisake makes sure to eat his food slowly, as if considering what Kazimir says. He can’t believe this continental is actually trying to build a real thinking machine. Is that at all possible? But the opportunity is too good to pass up. If he plays his cards right, there will be much more than a meal, much much more.

“We’ve already constructed a geo-demographic module, and presently we are working on a settlers network module. But our progress is slow. Would you give us the benefit of your experience?”

Aisake orders tamagoyaki. All the while, he tries to find the best way to make this work. If they are really building a thinking machine, maybe Aisake can use it as well. ‘If their progress is slow, let’s keep it that way.’
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Floor Kist lives in a Dutch town called Voorburg with his wife, two sons, two cats and their dog Monty. He is currently deputy-mayor for the Green Party and an AI researcher. He’s concerned about current divisive public and political debates. But he’s also interested in how AI can be used to resolve society’s big issues.

This is his first novel. He’s been carrying the idea about a story about AI bringing peace for a long time. The Covid-19 lockdown in the Netherlands suddenly gave him time to actually write it.

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GUEST POST:
- What is it about the science fiction genre that you love the most?

How can you not love science fiction?

Every book allows you to live another life. Russian author, Anton Chekhov wrote a short story about a bet between a wealthy business man and a young man. They bet that it would be impossible for someone to live alone, without any contact for twenty years. The young man accepts the one million rouble bet on condition that he can ask for books. After twenty years, the businessman isn’t as wealthy and can’t afford to pay the bet. In desperation, he decides that he must end the young man’s life before the end of the bet. So, he sneaks in at night, only to find the cabin empty. The young man left a note saying that he could not accept the money, because he was given the priceless opportunity of living so many different lives through books.

What science fiction does, is allow you to live fantastical lives. Walking on the moon and more distant planets, flying in cars, talking to planet minds, meeting intelligent androids, to boldly go where no man has gone before! It's a genre of wondrous discoveries and of unlimited possibilities. But what I like most about science fiction, is that it gives us hope. That they will still love their children, that their relationship to others still means something.

Hope that new discoveries will solve some of our current problems. Hope that we will continue to find ways to work together in the face of disparity. And especially, hope that people will still be people in the future.

Jules Verne wrote From the Earth to the Moon in 1865. It took us one hundre years to actually make that trip. In Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Verne designed a submarine powered by electricity. Twenty years later, it was built. In 1964, Isaac Asimov predicted the rise of cars with "robot-brains". Now, almost sixty years later, we are building them.

How can you not love science fiction?

Sure, there are also a lot of dystopian novels, where terrible things happen. Especially when we caused the terrible things ourselves, through greed, carelessness or ignorance. But I tend to see those novels as cautionary tales. That’s something we don’t want to happen. So, let’s work together to avoid that.

Not for nothing, the sub-title of my novel is "Hope in a Post-Apocalyptic Age". A group of diverse people suddenly find themselves working together on something that none of them have done before: build a Thinking Machine to bring peace. And their first major task, is to actually work together. This is not as easy as it sounds. Not in real life either.

But it’s always worth trying, and it always makes something possible that wasn’t there before. All it takes is for people to connect in a meaningful way. Now and in the futures we create through our stories.

This is what I love about science fiction.
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GIVEAWAY:
Floor Kist will be awarding a $30 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions assumes all responsibility for this giveaway.)

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213 comments:

  1. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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  2. Hi Heather,
    Thank you so much for hosting my novel.
    I'll be happy to discuss the comments made here.

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    1. Hi Deborah, the actual writing of the novel - all the words in one document - took about a month and a half. But it took me three-four months to gather the material, flesh out the characters, build the world. So, five to six months all in all.
      -Floor

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  4. Sounds like an interesting book.

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  5. The book sounds fascinating. I love books that make me think.

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    1. Thank you pippirose. It's true that The Thinking Machine isn't the only one thinking in the story :-)

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  6. interesting, the site won't show statement???

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    1. Hi Deb, thanks for your comment. However, I'm not sure what you mean? Which site and statement are you referring to?

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  7. Heather, thank you so much for hosting my novel today.
    I'm really happy with the kind comments made here.
    I'll keep checking in, in case some of your visitors didn't have time to comment on the post today.
    Cheers!
    -Floor

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    1. You're welcome and thanks for stopping by! I was on vacation the past few days, so I wasn't able to totally devote time to my blog, but I am back now. =)

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  8. Interesting title. It makes me wonder.

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Debby. Hopefully, you're interested enough to give the novel a chance.

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  9. Interesting concept.. sharing with my grandson he would really enjoy this book.

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    1. Thank you, Michele. I hope your grandson enjoys it.

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  10. Cover looks awesome! Excerpt is intriguing. Great work!

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  11. Sounds like an interesting book. I like the cover.

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  12. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

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    1. Thank you both Ann and susan. I wanted the cover to have an old fashioned look with a real machine. I'm glad you like it.

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  13. I love science fiction. What an interesting book. Good work.

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  14. How did you come up with the idea for this book?

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    1. David, for the last six years or so, I've been interested in how AI can help solve big issues. And I've been concerned about the divisive tone of the public debates on a lot of subjects. I knew I wanted to write a book about people trying to achieve peace. And then I combined both ideas. That's about the way it happened.

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  15. Thank you, Zelda. Please let me know which it is :-)

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  16. What do you drink while you're writing?

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  17. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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  18. You did an amazing job with the excerpt.
    Thank you for sharing this.

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  19. Congrats on the book!

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  20. What was your best case of revenge?

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  21. I'm not really the vengeful type, Jamie. But I manage to outplay some of my competitors.

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  22. I like the interesting artwork on the cover. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  23. What is your favorite thing to do in the Fall?

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    1. Our dog loves to run through the leaves, slehan. So, I like to take walks with him.

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  24. Do you take weekends off from writing?

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    1. Yes, Barbara, Inalsonwrite in the weekends. So, this weekend I've vreated backgrounds for characters for Part 2. But I do schedule how much time I will spend on it.

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  25. What's the scariest thing that's ever happened to you?

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    1. I once visited the Baranca del Cobrebin Mexico. It was a wonderful train trip with occasional stops. I must have been eleven or so. A one of the stops, a few passengers hiked to a waterfall. For some reason, I walked back alone, then slipped and twisted my ankle. It really hurt when trying to get back to the train. But, I wasn't sure I would make it That really freaked me out.

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    2. God, that must have been terrifying all by yourself. So glad to hear you made it out unscathed.

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  26. Do you write short stories too?

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    1. It's funny you should ask that, slehan. For another series I have in mind, I'm considering starting with a few short stories to introduce the setting.

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    1. Wow, Jamie, three questions. Are you gathering material to write your own characters :-) ?
      Innthe summer, you can't go wrong with the occasional gin & tonic.

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    2. I wish I was brave enough to actually write. I'm just unwilling to let myself be free like that. Any advice?

      Mmm, gin and tonic.

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  28. I think that the premise of this book is very interesting and unique.

    Nancy
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  29. Are you a planner or a panster kind of writer?

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  30. Most definitely a planner, slehan.

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  31. What's your favourite keyboard shortcut?

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    1. For people who want to make the most of their lives, Jamie, there is only one keyboard shortcut that matters: ctrl a.

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    2. That cracked me up, but you're right.

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  32. What's the best advice you've ever given on writing?

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    1. "Put a group of people in a tree an throw rocks at them", David.

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  33. What would be your best advice for someone who wants to become a writer?

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    1. Hi Barbara, thank for this wonderful question. I wrote my novel because I'd been carrying around a story in my head for some time. So, my advice would be: make sure you have a story you really want to tell, because writing a novel is a lot of work.

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  34. Hi, I'll be moving on to the next stop in my book tour now. Thank you very much for your questions, comments and support. And, I really hope you will enjoy my novel.
    Best regards.
    -Floor Kist

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  35. How many books have you written?

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  36. Do you take time off from writing?

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  37. Where do you get your inspiration from?

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  38. What's the best books you've ever read?

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  39. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

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  40. How much help have you received from other authors?

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  41. This sounds like an excellent read!

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  42. Tell me about the best day of your life.

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  43. Sounds like a really interesting read.
    heather
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  44. What inspires your main characters?

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  45. What's your favorite character?

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  46. What is your favorite childhood book?

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  47. I tend to get in a rut reading the same authors.
    I am going to read one of your books so I get some variety.

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  48. Besides writing, what else do you like to do?

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  49. What is your favorite movie genre?

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  50. Just saying Hello.

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  51. What do you want to be for Halloween?

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  52. Do you use your local library for research?

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  53. Do you make an outline when you write your books?

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  54. Do you have a favorite type of cuisine?

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  55. how do you come up with the main story plot? thanks

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  56. Just saying Hello.

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  57. Happy Fall! What is your favorite season?

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  58. I like everything about this book - title genre & cover!
    Well done.

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  59. how do you settle on a plot twist? thanks

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  60. A very thought provoking book! I'm curious to see how it turns out for humanity.

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  61. What's the furthest away you've ever been?

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  62. What is your favorite travel destination?

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  63. Just saying Hello.

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  64. What do you like to do in Fall?

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  65. How long have you been writing?

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  66. Do you prefer beach or mountains?

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  67. What did you do for your community this year?

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  68. Just saying Hello.

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  69. Just saying Hello, again.

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  70. What's your favourite urban legend?

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  71. What is the best piece of advice you have received?

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  72. looks like an interesting book. thanks

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  73. What's your favorite season?

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  74. What's your favorite color?

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  75. Have you ever been so stuck that you stopped writing a book?

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  76. Great excerpt!

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  77. Do you listen to music when you write?

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  78. What is your favorite genre to read?

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  79. What do you like and dislike about writing?

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  80. What's your most frightening moment so far?

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  81. When do you do your best writing?

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  82. This sounds like a book that is interesting and really different!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  83. David HollingsworthOctober 1, 2021 at 5:25 PM

    Who is your favorite author?

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  84. I think it is interesting that the Covid-19 lockdown in the Netherlands gave Floor Kist time to actually write the novel he had been thinking about for so long.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  85. Have you ever had a Glitch in the Matrix moment?

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  86. David HollingsworthOctober 2, 2021 at 7:47 PM

    What's the best book you think you've ever written?

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  87. What an intriguing concept with AI and the future molded with those concepts in mind.

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  88. Do you have a set schedule for writing?

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  89. Hope you are having a great weekend!

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  90. David HollingsworthOctober 3, 2021 at 7:04 PM

    How are you doing these days?

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  91. Do you keep a notebook to jot down story ideas?

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  92. I think it is interesting that you are an AI researcher. I am sure that your knowledge and experience has added a lot of depth to your writing!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  93. David HollingsworthOctober 4, 2021 at 7:47 PM

    Just saying Hi.

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  94. Do you have a favorite holiday?

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  95. Where would you go if you could go anywhere in the world?

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  96. David HollingsworthOctober 6, 2021 at 1:46 AM

    If you could go back in time, where would you go?

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  97. I think that the front cover of your book has an interesting and eye catching design!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  98. what kind of writing schedule do you have?

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  99. Do you have a favorite way to spend your down time?

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  100. I enjoyed visiting Holland, the homeland of the author.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  101. What would you pawn on Pawn Stars?

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  102. David HollingsworthOctober 7, 2021 at 10:59 PM

    Do you have any help to write books?

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  103. Are the leaves turning where you live?

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  104. The red cover on Can Machines Bring Peace?: Hope in a Post-Apocalyptic Age really makes it stand out!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  105. David HollingsworthOctober 8, 2021 at 11:28 PM

    How relieved are you after you've finished writing a book?

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  106. Lockdown can be a lonely time for everyone. Does your family have any pets to keep you company?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  107. Do you work on more than one book at a time?

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  108. Hmmmm... I have never thought about the possibility that machines can bring peace.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  109. David HollingsworthOctober 10, 2021 at 6:27 PM

    How are you doing these days?

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  110. Do you already have a book title for the second book in the Thinking Machine Trilogy?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  111. What are your plans for Halloween?

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  112. I so admire your ability as a writer.

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  113. David HollingsworthOctober 11, 2021 at 8:17 PM

    Just saying Hello.

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  114. Have you finished writing the second book in your trilogy?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  115. Do you dress up for Halloween?

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  116. David HollingsworthOctober 13, 2021 at 3:21 AM

    Do you enjoy Halloween?

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  117. Have you written the third book in your trilogy yet?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  118. Do you have a nickname? How'd you get it?

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  119. How much does the first book in your trilogy cost?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  120. David HollingsworthOctober 14, 2021 at 7:49 PM

    Are you afraid of heights?

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  121. How many books do you read in a year?

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  122. What's your favourite Halloween candy?

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  123. David HollingsworthOctober 16, 2021 at 2:32 AM

    Happy Saturday!

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