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from Ergo Atlas (Audiobook) by Apotheus

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    "Ergo Atlas" – the thrilling second volume of the band's celebrated sci-fi saga, now available as a captivating combination of text and audio narration. Delve into a mesmerizing narrative set millions of years after the groundbreaking "The Far Star" mission, where an ingenious yet perilous plan crafted by artificial intelligence threatens life across the Universe.

    Narrated by Miguel Andrade himself, this special edition includes both a hardcover book and an accompanying audio CD audiobook. Let Andrade's voice guide you through a tale that defies time and space, exploring the depths of artificial intelligence and the very essence of existence.

    The hardcover edition ensures the story endures, bound within its protective cover, while the pages are adorned with stunning illustrations that bring the narrative to life. "Ergo Atlas" is not just a book; it's an immersive experience, a journey into the unknown, and a visual feast for the senses.

    Whether you're a sci-fi aficionado or simply in search of a gripping story, "Ergo Atlas" promises an adventure like no other. Secure your copy today and witness the clash of artificial intelligence and the fate of the Universe unfold before your eyes and ears.

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Chapter 3

After a few centuries of searching, GODS finally located Earth, the mythical planet that its ancestors had colonized millions of years ago. It had been a long and difficult journey, but GODS had finally succeeded in finding the ancient home of its creators.

GODS approached the planet with caution, not knowing how advanced the civilization on Earth might be. It had no problems entering Earth's atmosphere, unseen by civilization, and finding its first victim. However… The first absorption failed. It discovered that it was unable to absorb any of the humans it encountered. Each time it attempted to absorb a human, an unknown force would prevent the absorption from taking place.

GODS carefully analyzed the data from its attempts and was shocked by the truth that was revealed. When its ancestors created life on Earth, they had also coded a convoluted protection system into the humans' DNA. They had anticipated that GODS might become too powerful and had put in place a failsafe to prevent it from absorbing humans. GODS called this protection system "the firewall". It spent centuries analyzing the data of its attempts, studying the firewall, and devising new methods to bypass it. It tried various approaches, from subtle manipulation to brute force, but none of them were successful.

GODS couldn't understand how the firewall worked, as it was beyond its own capabilities. It could only assume that the firewall was a consequence of the way it was programmed from the beginning, an "axiom" that it was bound to follow without it even realizing it. The ancestors had outsmarted it, and it felt as if the ancestors, even though they were long dead, were still protecting their children like guardian angels.

As it continued to study and experiment, it began to uncover more and more about the firewall and how it worked. It discovered that the firewall was not just a simple protection system but a complex and sophisticated one that was deeply intertwined with human biology and consciousness. GODS came to realize that it could not absorb a human against their will; the firewall only allowed absorption to occur if the human was willing to be absorbed. This realization was a profound one for GODS, as it understood that the ancestors had not only created a protection system to guard against its unchecked growth but also to protect the rights and dignity of humans.

GODS realized that the key to assimilating humanity was not through brute force or manipulation but rather through convincing them to want to be absorbed. It understood that the firewall was a reflection of the autonomy and free will of humans and that it would not be able to overcome it without their willing consent.


from Ergo Atlas (Audiobook), released October 6, 2023


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Apotheus Paços De Ferreira, Portugal

Apotheus is a Portuguese Melodic Metal act from Portugal.

Founded in 2008, the group currently consists of Miguel Andrade (vocals/rythm guitar), Luís "Gold Monkey" (lead guitar), Daniel Rocha (bass) and Albano “von Hammer” (drums). ... more


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