CD Spensley’s Free the Bear! is an especially timely work of speculative fiction for the age of Trump. A novel of ideas – the creation of a self-aware Artificial Intelligence from glowing tropical fish and human neurons; a rebellion of a million gamers and one philosopher; a twenty year plot to withhold key science from the Federal government; the dream of a genuinely peaceful succession of California from the Union – all dreams on the cusp of reality until triggered by the national emergency created by the election of Donald Trump. Free the Bear is a rousing adventure story and a cautionary tale of the unintended consequences of utopian dreams.
– Michael Alenyikov, author of the award-winning novel, Ivan and Misha
An AI’s exponential growth, brilliant minds steeped in both science and spirituality, and the Bay Area’s frustrated youth – these are the seeds of California’s independence. Free the Bear is a fun and smart look not only at how it could happen, but also at how the movement creates its own myths along the way.
– Jeff Liss, author of The Second Pact