Written by David W. Stewart, Angel of Mortality explores humanity’s focus on robotics and artificial intelligence, leading to the next big step in human evolution.

The Angel of Mortality by David W. Stewart

Humanity and Earth are put on the chopping block when the creation of the SANG, the Serial Artificial Intelligence Nanobot Generator, leads to the birth of destructively powerful machines capable of summoning immense and intense havoc all over the world.

The inventor of the SANG is Dr. Raisa Ilyushkin, a brilliant roboticist who initially envisioned the SANG to be an efficient living machine that would help humanity fix the planet and chart out the stars. The SANG is the culmination of different strains of nanobot technology, artificial intelligence, and highly advanced robotics. From the SANG are the xenoborgs, entities that are the size of landmasses that function independently and are beginning to develop unique personalities of their own and establish a social order among themselves.

Meanwhile, Stepan Pavlovich, the leader of the Apparat, a complex and insidious international crime syndicate, has stolen a replica of the SANG, planning to use the device to pursue his own nefarious and malicious plans to initiate mass murder on a global scale, reducing the population of the world to those who are only loyal to him and would follow his every command. 

In this three-way fight, who can possibly win? Dr. Raisa, who is, in essence, the creator of the xenoborgs, her team of scientists and intelligence organizations, and her personal defense organisms, EVE and SUNESUN? The xenoborgs themselves, with their godlike powers, intent on razing the world to become bereft of life? Or Stepan Pavlovich, who seeks to pull the world under his own fist with his deadly war machines, TYPHPON and BRACA?

David W. Stewart’s Angel of Mortality is a thrilling and thought-provoking story about the looming future of mankind and its reliance on misunderstood technologies. David W. Stewart’s inclusion of contemporary machinery extrapolated to its logical distance, dangerous and adventurous scenes, and insights into the wickedness of man make Angel of Mortality an extremely well-worth read.

The Next Big Step to Human Evolution

A central lynchpin to Angel of Mortality and the very reason that xenoborgs can make as much havoc as they can is the concept and execution of nanotechnology, the results of which are often called nanomachines or nanobots. Nanotechnology was first conceived by renowned physicist Richard Feynman during the late 1950s as a machine that could be built and encoded in the smallest terms possible; while not envisioned as such, it would become an object of fascination for plenty of roboticists and science fictions enthusiast in the years to come, precisely because it had the compelling potential to become the next big step for human societies and technologies.

After Feynman’s elaboration on his idea for miniaturized machines, other scientists would build upon his concepts, positing that these machines could self-replicate and be programmable to not only build more of themselves but to build more of everything else. 

The draw of nanotechnology as the next big step is due to its huge versatility. Because of its size, it had the capacity to create and destroy things right down to the atomic level. 

What Exactly is Nanotechnology?

Nanotechnology is the technology that functions in the nanoscale–to break it down to its simplest definition. When things go to the molecular level, it becomes easier to manipulate the basic building blocks of reality: atoms and molecules. 

For some perspective on how small the nanoscale is:

  • A meter to a nanometer is equivalent to placing Earth beside a marble. 
  • A sheet of paper is a hundred thousand nanometers thick.
  • An ant is a million times larger than a single nanometer.