Maya by Clyde DeSouza

Category: Science Fiction
Publisher: Penguin Random House India
Rights: World rights available (excluding Indian subcontinent)

“Emotions are like a virus, a common cold…disrupting the flow of logic in the mind,” Daniel reminds himself.

He turns to his close friend, Krish, a researcher in Artificial Intelligence, in the hope that they can come up with ideas for the Entertainment market. His girlfriend, Maya, and her family return to their homeland after her father passes away.

Dan and Maya continue their relationship via Dirrogates (Digital Surrogates), experiencing human touch through haptics. Krish and Dan create an advanced visor with Augmented Intelligence built in. They dub it Wizer. A Board member at AIRI sees potential in the Wizer other than what Dan and Krish have in mind.

At the test in a night club, things go wrong…