Synopsis

“Anita” is set in the near future, a time when human brain tissue is commonly used to enhance the intuitive processing power of computers. Though this tissue is generally grown in small amounts in the lab, there are times when entire human brains are used to control devices intended for work which is either too dangerous or unpleasant for humans. Much secrecy surrounds the origins of such human brains, though rumours abound that they are often sourced in ways which are ethically questionable.

While on a photo shoot in an abandoned factory, recently-widowed photographer Mitch Cranston discovers one such robot which, amazingly, still shows signs of life.

Seeing an opportunity to increase his notoriety while bringing attention to what he considers to be an unethical practice, Mitch takes the unit home to photograph.

Mitch soon begins to view the device as a living human being, and with the help of his good friends Frank and Rhonda Levray, sets out to identify the source of the brain within the robot, all the while trying to bring out its human qualities and enrich its life to whatever extent he can.

Philosophy

"Anita" is not a story about robots with human brains, but a story about individuals living in a world where human brains are used as technology. It deals with personalities, relationships, wants, needs, beliefs. It is about motivations.

Anita is also a story about the grey areas in life, where characters view their world through a filter of their own biases, shaped by their own personal experiences, needs, and wants. What is believed to be true sometimes differs wildly from one individual to another, based solely on factors existent within their own world. These grey areas give food for thought — the reader is challenged to consider every character’s viewpoint, and decide for themselves what the truth may be.

Schematics