The Footprints of God

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

Project Trinity is a giant, highly secret, federally funded, corporate research project in AI—artificial intelligence. Designed and built by Peter Godin, the genius-founder of Godin Supercomputer Corporation, this new “quantum computer,” presents the United States government with its greatest moral and ethical dilemma since Albert Einstein wrote to Franklin Roosevelt suggesting the development of an atomic weapon. Dr. David Tennant has been assigned by the president to serve as the ethicist on the project, monitoring its progress and assessing the possible social, political, and cultural effects should it be successful.

When Tennant’s closest friend and colleague is murdered, David discovers that Peter Godin is responsible. His own life, he suspects, is also in danger, as he begins to uncover the unconscionable goals behind Godin’s plan to unleash an enormous, invincible power on the world. Temporarily unable to reach the president with what he knows, Tennant stalls for time, meanwhile seeking the help of psychiatrist Rachel Weiss for an explanation of the episodes of narcolepsy and the strange nightmares that have been assailing him since he joined the Trinity project. Weiss is initially dubious about Tennant’s fears, but an assassination attempt on the pair sends them fleeing for their lives, with both Godin’s killer-agents and National Security Agency operatives in pursuit. As the pair manage to stay one step ahead of their pursuers, Weiss begins to suspect that the key to the Trinity’s secret lies buried in Tennant’s confused and disturbed mind.

Whether or not mankind will fall victim to the Trinity machine ultimately depends on a game of wits and strategy between David Tennant and the increasingly powerful and indestructible Trinity computer. But what are the rules? Does some part of its human creators still exist within their creation?