The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect

I just finished reading an online novel called The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect. I took a cursory glance over it, bookmarked it, and promptly forgot about it a month or so ago when it first went online. Only when a synopsis was posted on Slashdot the other day did I remember to actually go back read the thing. It’s not very long, I don’t think I’d call it a novel; it’s more of a short story or novella.

It’s not for the faint of heart. Some of the torture and S/M scenes were pretty graphic, but I understand why they were needed. It could have done with fewer gratuitous sex scenes though. Which is not to say that I have a problem with gratuitous sex, mind you, but it didn’t really add much to the story.

Overall, it’s worth checking out if you like dystopian science fiction, artificial intelligence, virtual worlds, and that sort of thing.