To bring back the gods, Calliope, leader of the Muses, must inspire three genius computer scientists to build an artificial intelligence. But Calliope’s sister and chief rival, Polyhymnia, predicts dire consequences for Muses and mortals alike if the Age of Automation goes unchecked. But when Polyhymnia sabotages the machine and a war breaks out among the mortals, the Muses must decide what side of history they are truly on.
Miller’s Magic Number killed the last remaining goddess of Olympus.
Calliope knelt at the goddess’s feet, head in her mother’s lap as she wept, uncontrollable tears of guilt and shame.
“I … I didn’t know.”
Mnemosyne sat in a chair in the office of George Armitage Miller at Harvard University, withering away. She had been fierce and proud in her days, the lover of Zeus and mother of nine daughters, whom people called the Muses.
Now, Mnemosyne could hardly remember her own name.
Miller was unaware he was responsible for delivering the coup de grâce to the heritage of Olympus. Miller was mortal and oblivious to the workings of deities. All he cared about, at that moment, was obtaining tenure. He didn’t see the goddess and her daughter a few feet away, rendering their tearful goodbyes.
Miller, one of the founders of the field of cognitive psychology, had just published his seminal paper which described the process of short-term memory. They called it “Miller’s Magic Number” and it was like the professor had taken a knife and stabbed it through Mnemosyne’s heart.
Calliope’s duty in the world was to inspire greatness. She had come to Miller when she sensed the scientist needed inspiration to finish his paper and helped push his research to its conclusion.
Now, she was responsible for the death of her mother.
Calliope had killed a god.