His universe has fallen apart, but, piece by piece, he puts it back together. He overcomes the deepest hurt he has ever experienced – the rejection of an ungrateful world. He embarks on a mission: to help humankind dream again – and achieves more than he hoped for. It seems that nothing is beyond his reach, until he breaks the immutable rule: never tamper with love!
Bogdan Bogdanov, a brilliant but reclusive scientist, creates Semmant, a highly sophisticated AI program. Semmant takes on the capital markets and makes money with the ruthless efficiency of a machine. Bogdan grows richer by the day, but when he falls deeply in love, the artificial mind he has created faces a new challenge. Semmant becomes embroiled in a genuine human drama and is forced to confront the cruelty of real life. He discovers the joy of free will, but it takes him to a destination no one could have predicted.
This is a tale of lust and passion – an erotically charged story of betrayal and murder. It explores the nature of the human spirit from a truly unique standpoint. What is more elusive, it asks, the ‘real’ or the ‘virtual’? In which realm are emotions bolder and feelings purer? And, when tragedy looms, can free will prevail?
Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author Vadim Babenko whose books The Place of Quarantine, Semmant and A Simple Soul all thrilled me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend these books to all of those that love intelligent novels with twists and turns that will keep you racing until the end, but really the books can be read by anybody as they are flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight, a biography of the author and an interview between me and Vadim Babenko will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful Vadim Babenko!
Vadim Babenko left his career in science and business to pursue his lifelong goal of writing novels. Born in the Soviet Union, he earned master’s and doctoral degrees from the Moscow Institute of Physics & Technology, Russia’s equivalent to MIT. As a scientist at the Soviet Academy of Sciences he specialized in biophysics and artificial intelligence. After moving to the U.S. he co-founded a high-tech company. The business soon skyrocketed, and his next ambition, an IPO on the stock exchange, was realized. However, at the height of his success, Vadim dropped everything to set out on his journey as an author and has never looked back. He was a finalist in the National Bestseller Award (Russia) and the winner of the National Indie Excellence Award (USA).
Now, how wonderful does Vadim Babenko sound?! Vadim Babenko is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of the author’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and the author and I hope that you enjoy Vadim Babenko answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? When and why did you begin writing?
I read a lot as a child. I considered books to be the most fascinating thing in the world, and I knew back then I would write fiction myself. I just knew it – no one told me about it or encouraged me in any way. I even had “writer nightdreams” – line after line of a written text running before my eyes and resounding in my head. I didn’t understand the meaning of the words, but I felt their rhythm.
Then, at the age of 22, my head suddenly became full of rhymed lines. I had to get rid of them, so I started to write poetry. It was very bad poetry.
What purpose do you believe your books serve? What keeps you going?
I think, serious literature always serves the same purpose: to create its own, logically complete and believable world that gives a reader a unique viewpoint of our life.
As for keeping me going, my books are just the reality I live in – I can’t stop writing and/or contemplating new plots and ideas just like I cannot stop moving, breathing, etc.
What’s the most difficult part of writing novels? Did you learn anything from writing your books and what was it?
To me, the most difficult part of writing a novel is maintaining the required level of energy and concentration for several years it takes to complete it. And of course, while you write you learn – systemizing all the thoughts you had before, going deeper into understanding the true nature of your ideas, your protagonists, their motivations, etc.
Maybe, sometimes, writing a book gives you a more authentic real-life experience than real life itself.
How has your environment/upbringing colored your writing?
I received an excellent education – for which I’m very grateful to the Soviet Union, a country that doesn’t exist anymore. And I grew up reading great Russian literature – which really shaped my literary tastes.
Maybe the most important thing I got from my childhood and my youth is a habit not to be frightened by the problems that appear unsolvable and the goals that look unachievable. And that’s important for a writer: when you start a book it often seems impossible to take all those diverse thoughts that scurry through your head and put them into words on a page.
What is your least favorite quality about yourself?
I have a very short temper.
What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?
Somehow, I have been managing to always do only what I wanted.
What one question would you have liked someone to ask you? Please share your answer.
I like the question asked by a protagonist of my second novel, A Simple Soul: what’s the sense of our ability of looking for a sense? My answer is: I don’t know – yet!
Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Vadim Babenko! If you have liked what you have read about the author and are interested in learning more, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the previews too! You will not regret it.
Goodbye for now book lovers,