“I’d never even thought about doing one in my entire life but it just fell in my lap,” says the guitarist. “I figured I’d chase it down and see what happens. “The story itself takes place at the turn of the next century. Over the next 80 years or so, we develop parts where humans become more synthetic and lab-grown – say, livers and kidneys and hearts – and finally, they create a synthetic brain, which pretty much allows us to create a human being in any likeness they wanted. In the book, it’s about the government rolling out thousands of these beings and the story goes from there.”
The album story will also be released as a novel, co-written with Bram Stoker Award-winning author John Shirley (Borderlands: The Fallen, BioShock: Rapture).
“I’ve just finished writing it with John,” he explains. “He specializes in singularity [artificial super intelligence] and where technology is going. He does speeches at Tedx and the Ted Talks; he knows where it’s headed. I’d tell him the story and he’d make scientific sense.”
Tremonti says that working with Shirley has opened his eyes to the huge advances that science and technology is making.
“There were a lot of things along the way where I’d talk about plot points and he’d say that that kind of technology is already in the works and we’re about 20 years away from having that as a reality,” he reveals. “He’d use real references on how that would happen to be believable. He’s a very intelligent guy, so I learn a lot about the scientific side from him.”
But how would the guitarist react if he saw those very changes occur in his lifetime?
“I think it would be very intense,” he says. “It would change the world. It’s already happening now, to an extent, with artificial intelligence taking jobs. I think that’ll become more prevalent as the years ago by, where humans will become less efficient than a machine can do, what artificial intelligence can do. It’ll rapidly change the way we do things.
'When Brennan Gibbons' beloved wife Eleanor dies, so does the renowned architect’s career. On a fluke, Brennan enters and wins the 22nd Century Lottery to be one of the few people able to buy a first generation Vessel – an artificial human, part flesh, part machine, created to be the perfect partner. Though slightly dubious, Brennan brings Stella home, with the hopes that she can help him re-engage with life, without replacing his dead wife. At first, Stella is everything Brennan could desire in a partner, but Stella is not entirely human. Her robotic parts make her better, stronger, and faster. Yet as time passes, Stella begins to develop her own personality and free will--along with a dark obsession.
'At the same time, the Vessels created to be the bodyguards for the rich and powerful board members of Fusion Flesh are realizing that they too have free will. Bred to be killers and forced to serve as confidants and lovers, these Vessels realize that they have the tools necessary to fight for the rights of their kind. Led by Ares, the bodyguard of Fusion Flesh CEO Maggie Coogan; the Vessels band together to form a ruthless guerilla unit to overthrow those who control them.
'A DYING MACHINE weaves a tale of two stories: that of Ares and Stella - highlighting human folly through the creation of seemingly perfect beings... Beings who ultimately want what all people want: the freedom to love and live.'