Steven W. Smidesang’s “Chicagoland Stories: Backyard Brain” is an action-packed sci-fi thriller pitting artificial intelligence against the best interests of humanity.

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Recent release “Chicagoland Stories: Backyard Brain” from Page Publishing author Steven W. Smidesang is a spellbinding work of fiction introducing Boone Jackson, a struggling entrepreneur who discovers a mysterious and apparently omniscient piece of technology with mindboggling power to change to world. While Boone and his close friends materially benefit from the help of the device, the ultimate goal of the Backyard Brain is far from clear.

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Steven W. Smidesang, a former long-haul trucker with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma now employed as an IT professional for a chain of retail stores, has completed his new book “Chicagoland Stories: Backyard Brain”: the latest fast-paced installment in a compelling series that keeps the pages turning until the dramatic conclusion.

In this standalone tale, “Chicagoland Stories” is drawn into the life of Boone Jackson, owner of a fledgling chemical company. While planting garlic cloves in his backyard, Jackson discovers a smooth round object about the size of a propane tank, the nature of which is not apparent.

Then it introduces itself—an artificial intelligence hosted on a quantum computer.

The device easily compromises world information systems, claiming its purpose is to benefit society, but it refuses to disclose its origin. Jackson and his friends personally benefit from the machine and are asked to give their input on how to bring positive changes to the world.

Meanwhile, a mysterious entity known only as “Verstand” assembles a crew of mercenaries and provides them with information, technology, and advanced chemical formulas. Their mission is to bring a powerful organization to its knees.

The world’s future is at stake, but what is the ultimate goal of the Backyard Brain?

Published by Page Publishing, Steven W. Smidesang’s engrossing book is an excellent choice for avid science fiction readers.

Readers who wish to experience this engaging work can purchase “Chicagoland Stories: Backyard Brain” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes Store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

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