The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect

A Novel by Roger Williams

  Updated January 2017...

The Mortal Passage Trilogy: An Epic in Four Stories is now available. That link leads to Amazon, but you can find it on iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and elsewhere too.

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For the 10-year anniversary: Check out the Author / Fan Blog.
Rumor has it there might be actual new content there every few weeks.

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I am grateful to Rusty Foster and the folks of Kuro5hin for talking me into putting my novel on the web, and especially to Rusty for hosting it in those days when most hosts that didn't cost a fortune would have folded when Slashdot reviewed it. Tens of thousands of people have now been able to read the story I once gave up on because getting it published seemed impossible.

In the best possible future, there will be
no war, no famine, no crime,
no sickness, no oppression,
no fear, no limits, no shame...
...and nothing to do.

This online novel contains strong language and extreme depictions of acts of sex and violence. Readers who are sensitive to such things should exercise discretion.

The "Jacket Copy"

Lawrence had ordained that Prime Intellect could not, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. But he had not realized how much harm his super-intelligent creation could perceive, or what kind of action might be necessary to prevent it.

Caroline has been pulled from her deathbed into a brave new immortal Paradise where she can have anything she wants, except the sense that her life has meaning.

Now these two souls are headed for a confrontation which will force them to weigh matters of life and death before a machine that can remake -- or destroy -- the entire Universe.

License and Rights
It's free off the Web, but it's still copyrighted. Click here to read the annoying disclaimers and find out exactly what rights I am giving away.

Read It Online
The complete text of The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect online.

How It Was Written
This is a strange book in many ways, but so is the story of how it came to exist. (Some spoilers)

The Tech
A discussion of the technology and cosmology of the novel. (Lots of spoilers)

The Singularity
A discussion of the how the ideas in the novel intersect with modern Singularity theory. (Beaucoup spoilers) (and link finally fixed)

Tip Jar
It may be crass, but nothing says "that was a great novel, man" like money.

Dead Tree Project
When I first put this novel online I had many requests to have it published on paper, but the Print On Demand industry was still in its infancy demanding stupid fees for poor results. Eventually I had it published by, which was the first POD publisher to not require ridiculous setup fees. Today you can get Prime Intellect and a number of my other writings in both print and eBook format from Amazon; see the main site at or the author/fan blog at Passages in the Void or just put one of my titles into the Amazon search bar for more info.

Other Stuff Online
This link used to lead to an old and not well updated section of this novel site listing some of my other kuro5hin publications, none of which are online any more since kuro5hin went down for good in 2016. It now goes to my root site which has a complete listing of the things I am still hosting myself.

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If you liked this book and you want more Prime Intellect, be sure to check out A Casino Odyssey in Cyberspace which is a short story set in the Prime Intellect universe.

I am working on a sequel. It will be called The Transmigration of Prime Intellect, and it is about half complete. I had been planning to finish it long ago, but there have been distractions. I am still planning to finish it eventually. (what happened).


  This webpage and all contents, including the text of the novel, are Copyright (c) 1994, 2002 by Roger Williams all rights reserved