Have written a 500-page work of fiction entitled Cassandra, in blue. My dad and I are looking to pay a company to help us ready it for publishing, and to actually publish and distribute it.
Here is a synopsis:
The following novel, Cassandra, in blue, accounts the psychological journey of an android, Cassandra, whose emotional responses are modeled after a human, Eve.
The story begins with Melody, an android, wanting to know more about herself via Cassandra, the prototype who preceded her. One of the scientists in charge of watching over Cassandra (Cassandra is now mainly "retired" - turned off and kept at a facility), provides Melody with a website where all of Cassandra's experience and computer logs are in written form.
When Melody returns to her car, she asks her computer to "play" the text out loud.
The story begins in a relatively remote location where Daniel, Cassandra's head inventor, is taking her outside for the first time, to turn her "on."
Daniel then asks Cassandra to run as fast as she possibly can, up the hill. Daniel is dumbfounded to find that Cassandra can run at least 10 x's faster than the fastest runner on earth. Furthermore, Cassandra displays human emotional responses such as wonder, gratefulness and awe as she takes in the sun, sky, and mountains before her. These emotional responses she learned from the human she is modeled after, Eve.
Because Cassandra has viewed countless footage of women smiling, dancing and strutting (provided by Daniel), she has "learned" garish ways of smiling, dancing and strutting, and displays this after Daniel turns her on to see her capabilities.
Cassandra approaches her first birthday, and she speaks to Daniel about wanting to be set free. Daniel responds by saying that he will speak to the company about it. They go downtown and Cassandra selects a green prom dress from the Goodwill that she would like to wear on her birthday. Daniel bakes a chocolate cake (only he can eat), and gives Cassandra a relatively inexpensive small gold locket, which she decides she may "recycle" to someone else later, perhaps a young girl who might want it, since she does not wear jewelry.
Soon after Cassandra's first birthday, Daniel honors Cassandra's request to be allowed release, and he sends the request to the company that hired him. However, he later receives e-mails and then mailed letters that the company that hired him would now like to take Cassandra. Because androids are not yet allowed to join mainstream domestic society as hired companions, caretakers, etc. (though this capability is being tested out), Cassandra, after being tested at the company, will work in a factory in China doing menial, repetitive work. This is to test her capabilities there, as well as to see how she responds to the transition and environment. This is a sad realization shared between Cassandra and Daniel.
Penny and Bill, two people from the company, arrive to pick Cassandra up from Daniel's abode while he is away. Penny and Bill take Cassandra, and drive away in their car.
As Cassandra rides in the car with Penny and Bill, she recalls that she has left a note for Daniel, thanking him for his kindness. When Daniel, after Cassandra has left, goes up to her room to look at her room, he sees the note, along with journals she has left him, and a few of her treasured books, including the Bible. Both of them, in their respective places, watch as the sun sets behind grey clouds and mountains.
Cassandra is tested for "bugs" and smooth running of various operations and programming, but much of this has already been completed thoroughly by Daniel. Cassandra then goes to China, where she confronts a very small, dimly lit room, and she places a dried flower from her previous home on the desk. Cassandra works as a factory worker assembling small parts for various products, day in and day out. Sometimes she thinks of the water, light and mountains from the place where she grew up.
The government successfully completes testing out androids in society as workers and companions, and allows them to join society. Cassandra will be employed at various simple jobs such as store greeter, clerk at Ulta, cashier at a hot dog and lemonade place at the mall, and nanny, before she becomes employed at a hotel, where she may serve as "companion" and even go out on dates.
This is where she meets Billy, on vacation with his friend Matthew. Matthew disdains androids in society, but Billy is fascinated when he sees Cassandra lounging by the poolside, though he knows and sees that she is an android (it is obvious because androids look like humans but have imitation skin and eyes that are not real, etc.). Billy approaches Cassandra and Cassandra offers her "services" such as "hanging out." Billy selects to go on a date, and Cassandra confirms the details, including providing options of what exactly she should wear. She provides Billy with her room and e-mails the details and agreement. Billy is a bit dumbfounded at this unconventional, new interaction with a female android. She leaves to tend to errands she is employed to carry out.
Later, Cassandra and Billy go to a restaurant where some patrons look disapprovingly at them. Billy decides that he will rent Cassandra, indefinitely. Cassandra therefore will be sent to a location where he can rent her indefinitely. Billy goes to the store location, where he is set up with Cassandra. He takes her home.
Cassandra, as modeled after her human Eve (whom she thinks is dead, but is actually still alive), learns to love Billy and be irrevocably and unavoidably intensely and highly physically attracted to him. She struggles with her physical impulses and emotions because she knows that she and Billy can never marry, and that there is another girl, a human, Melissa, who would love to marry Billy, and has set her complete gaze on him, to marry him and have his children, and is ever patiently but faithfully and stalwartly waiting this out, surely. Cassandra knows that Billy and Melissa would make the perfect human couple, completely normal and perfect. Yet, Cassandra struggles with her strong, unavoidable pull of physical attraction to Billy.
Eventually, Cassandra requests re-assignment. Because of Melissa, in addition to Cassandra's differences with Billy, her request is granted. She is no longer needed by Billy, and, logically, it does not make sense for them to live together. She leaves, literally running out the door to her manufacturer. Billy will later be sent the details. By signing on to rent Cassandra, he had already agreed that she should go back, should all logic point to an illogical co-habitation.
Cassandra then goes to work as a florist at a grocery store, where Billy is allowed to visit her, once. She also runs into Billy just once at a close-by 7-11. Here she assures them that things are for the best.
Cassandra works at a Biscuit and Blues place in the city, where she is seen by electronic music composer and DJ George, who is fascinated by androids and has used some in his music videos. He introduces himself to Cassandra and asks to take her with him to his home. Cassandra stays with George for a few days but is stifled from his house that is cut off from society, where George receives no visitors. Because of an overly active social life in the city as a DJ and music artist, George treats his home as a silent refuge from all social interaction.
Cassandra leaves George, though she is visited once more at the Biscuit and Blues place, where she works as a cocktail waitress, and she goes to his home once more before leaving to work as a nanny to two small children. George visits her at a park, and on a Friday she spends one final evening with him, before saying a mutual goodbye for good.
While in a session with her psychologist and researcher Deborah, Cassandra accounts a relationship she once had with a college student, Josh, while Cassandra worked at one point at a club within driving distance of the college. She describes that because her relationship with Josh had become so personal, with the two reading Shakespeare together and sharing their thoughts and love for Nature and reading, he proposed to her. Though she cares for Josh and values their relationship, she shares with Josh that she cannot marry because she is an android, and she ultimately decides to pull out her wires and trigger a seizure to remind him that she is just an android, knowing it is for the best. Josh shrinks in shame and horror, Cassandra is taken to an android hospital (Cassandra pulling out her wires triggered a signal to the company to send help to where she was), where she knows that what she did was really for the best. grey prom dresses
Cassandra begins to wonder about Eve, the human after whom she is modeled. She tells her psychologist, Deborah (whom she has met with regularly since the time that she became a companion to Billy) this, and Deborah refers Cassandra to footage of Eve when she was observed and recorded by a team of people (including psychologists and engineers) assigned to record her behavior, responses and emotions and translate them to algorithms of how she should react to stimuli, physically, through movement in her body and face, as well as through words...though Cassandra had just a strand of conscious memory and awareness of this, the footage allows her to see and hear much more.
Eventually, Eve, who is still living, and who is struggling with her emotions, requests to be able to take Cassandra. Her request is granted, and she and Cassandra live together until Eve dies, of natural causes. Mary, a researcher assigned to assess how human Cassandra is, is the next patron to request Cassandra. Cassandra goes to live with Mary, and the story ends. At the very end is part of the message of the book, stated by Mary, as she reflects upon the balance between mechanical logic, and being human, a major theme throughout the book.
The novel is entitled Cassandra, in blue, because Cassandra often communicates her thoughts of feeling blue, or sad (these emotions and logged in thoughts are modeled after her human, Eve). Another theme of the book, that Mary states at the end, is the importance of acknowledging blue thoughts, that the acknowledgement of everything blue, and the process of pulling out all of the blue, lets in light and other colors, allowing one to go on as a more enlightened, knowledgeable, full, logically operating person.