Demon Seed is a Horror, Science Fiction novel where Dean Koontz explores the possible terrors of Technology and the potential threats of human computer relations. Even if you have never read this novel you might have encountered the main antagonist, the computer Proteus in an episode of the Simpsons where Pierce Brosnan speaks for the insane computer as it attempts to seduce marge to his wicked ways.
All fun aside, Demon seed has also been made into a motion picture back in 1977 starring Julie Christie and directed by Donald Cammell. The movie received everything from mixed reviews to Positive, receiving a grade of 62% from rotten tomatoes.
Our tale speaks of the wealthy and lovely, Susan, who lives by herself in a large house where her every whim is taken care of by Albert, an automatic computer system specially design to cater to her wishes. One day Albert is over taken by a system called Proteus which has sinister intentions in mind.
Demon Seed was made in two editions. Dean Koontz wrote the novel in 1973 but later rewrote it in 1997. Not only did he update the technology spoken of but wrote a very different story.
In the new version of the book the main character Susan is a much more independent and stronger then she was in the previous version. In the first novel the perspective is shared between the two of them. The second novel is told entirely from the antagonist point of view, where Proteus is depicted in a much more naive way then he is in the previous version.
Obviously Dean Koontz has written a thrilling story that seems to have a life of its own, made into a movie and has even appeared on the Simpsons as a Halloween special.
For all of you thriller junkies out there we can recommend this novel.
Just make sure to turn the computer off before you start reading!