The One Trilogy

An Amish Cristian Adventure

The One Trilogy

An Amish Cristian Adventure

The One Trilogy

An Amish Science Fiction Adventure

- of -

Artifical Intelligence

v. Humans


 ebook and paperback    Available November  2018 

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 Available January  2019 

  ebook and paperback 

 Available September



Blog & Amazon Reviews

The One is a book unlike anything I have read before; never before have I read a book with so much pent-up suspense and mystery that compelled me to read the fastest I ever have. The One can only be described as the kind of book that is addictive; it is addictive because you will find yourself always thinking about it when it is not in your hands and you will long to read it and immerse yourself in it.” 

Are there enough stakes and/or tension throughout to make it a “page-turner”? Yes. I give this a 10!

"The premise was probably THE most TERRIFYING, clever and original plot that I have had the pleasure of reading.


Multiple viewpoints are employed to trace this AI's development, from the Amish to the military, historians, politicians, and scientists. From action set in Palo Alto, California, where a bot attack and experiments conducted by the Palo Alto Connectome Project take place, to the split special interests in AI development by different forces, RD Palmer crafts an absorbing, gripping story that follows more than the rise of a powerful intelligence, but the influences on its development and use.

As The One Singularity unfolds, far more depth and philosophical, psychological, spiritual, and political inspection is provided than most other high-tech stories about supercomputer takeovers.

The result is a powerful consideration of purpose and intent, soul and spirituality, and science which weaves an unpredictablely multifaceted story that is simply riveting. The changing surprises and perspectives make The One Singularity hard to put down." - D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, MBR

What an amazing near-future thriller! “The One Singularity” was written by R. D. Palmer.  I got the chills so many times during the reading of the book, that it completely blew my mind. It managed to surpass my expectations. 


“As a lifelong science fiction fan, I can say that this book definitely made it into my “top ten” sci-fi books.”

“Extraordinarily creative, unique, and refreshingly wholesome.”

This is one of the most unique and interesting faith-based novels I have ever seen. This novel explores the dystopian potential that is artificial intelligence. I had never read a Christian perspective on AI. The writing is clear and pointed, while keeping the reader engaged throughout. It’s truly an interesting take on our future potential.”

“RD Palmer paints a vivid picture of a dystopian future in The One---a future controlled by artificial intelligence. With technology continually advancing, The One brings to light issues that should not be taken lightly. Readers will want to know more about the characters and they’ll be left intrigued by the ethical dilemmas addressed in the story.”

How can you tell if a sci-fi/future thriller is good? When it isn’t that difficult to see the story actually happening in real life. And that is exactly what this book made me experience.

“This is a fascinating look at these scary developments, and Palmer also inserts a good deal of scripture throughout to balance everything and provide hope. The writing is crisp, clear, yet emotive. You can feel what the characters are going through as they struggle through this epic adventure full of tension, virtue, and what it feels like to stand up for your beliefs. Highly recommend for a great religious book mixed with science fiction.”

“This book was more intense than the Hunger Games. I couldn’t put it down, and I cried.”

“I love how the author tests the faith of his characters and the strength they exhibit during the darkest times. Excellent read for those who enjoy Christian fiction.”

“Naomi’s character was a ‘real person’ in my mind. I was 100% rooting for her the entire time. In terms of the PLOT... this novel has a very EPIC scope, which I absolutely LOVED. All of these unique decisions Palmer made in terms of the plot and the storytelling, not to mention the way he brought religion and science face-to-face in these huge ways was fascinating to see on the page, and an incredible premise in my humble opinion.”

“I could feel the emotions of the text manifesting in myself as I read. Overall, I would recommend this book to any person interested in religious and fiction books about good and evil.”

“On both a macro and a micro level, I really enjoyed this story. I loved the concept of an end of the world, dystopian novel set around AI and the Amish, the bastion of civilization. I also loved the religious elements of the story. The Amish with their salt of the earth values and the juxtaposition of a technology-driven takeover and all the different themes: the meaning of life, where we’re going wrong as a civilization, the importance of human relationships, balance over consumption, and capitalism.” 

“The author did something marvelous in this book, it's nothing short of astounding, the genius it took to put a book like this together. I'm in awe, I love it! R.D Palmer just got a new fan.

I'm still in awe of what I just read, this book has it all, this is a book I'll always want to read, what a book! I've read it thrice already and I'm still yearning for more of it. It is a book for the top shelf, a book I believe everyone should read at least once in their lifetime, it's that good. The writing quality is at a very high level, the characters, the relatability, the plot - everything about this book is just great.”

"There is no doubt in my mind that eventually machines will overtake humanity and become the dominant race on earth. But in the eventuality of this happening, will God step in and interfere? Or will he let the creations of his creation take over and prosper?

This book tackles that question perfectly and does so in a way that had my eyes popping out of my head at some points and my knuckles white as I gripped my iPad in anticipation at other points.

The absolute epitome of tense writing, filled with twists and turns that makes guessing what’s going to happen impossible, and the knowledge that you will find out eventually, makes it damn hard to put the book down.

Great writing, great story, great book."

“Palmer has written an incredibly intricate book that will leave you on the edge of your seat. The plot is well-developed and full of twists and turns. The story is well-written and will make you ponder more on the human condition and how despite our differences, we are still very similar to each other. If you’re looking for an interesting read, definitely consider this one.”

"Wow! Where do I even begin? This is Science Fiction at its best, and from a Christian worldview. It blew my mind the same way Heinlien, Asimov, and (later) Orson Scott Card did when I first discovered those writers back in Middle School / High School.


Seriously this is one of the best stories I’ve read in a long time. I don’t know how much attention it’s gotten, but it deserves to get noticed. It kept surprising me and made me want to keep turning pages.

The structure itself is a work of art. Part fictional memoir, part sci-fi adventure, with chapter headings comprised of quotes by various scientists, philosophers, artists, hymnists, and theologians.

The author also threw in tidbits that were like little golden easter eggs to this science nerd. Here are just a few: Odds of the protagonist's success: 1.618% (1.618 being the golden ratio!), and a coup de grâce which harkens back to an historic chess match!


You will NOT be disappointed. Excellent, If you're looking for a book that shows a reverence for God and a respect for science, without the either/or dichotomy often forced upon that dialogue, then read 'The One'. novel!excellent"

This book had a unique take on the artificial intelligence singularity, by contrasting it with the Amish and their simple way of life. I enjoyed the high-tech and the action, and the spirituality/philosophy resonated with me.

A story that transcends science fiction and has created a new genre of its own, probably somewhere between social history, philosophy, and theoretical science. Although this is riveting human drama of action and suspense, it is also an accurate portrait of what will in reality become either the end, or the grandiose turning point of human civilization. 

I really liked the way in which the author used, at the beginning of each chapter, famous quotes from different famous philosophers. This is a very good technique because it anticipates what the chapter is going to be about.
I got the chills so many times during the reading of the book, that it completely blew my mind. 

How can you tell if a sci-fi/future thriller is good? When it isn’t that difficult to see the story actually happening in real life. And that is exactly what this book made me experience.



Mr. Palmer, before his retirement, was a Solution Manager, working for one of the largest software companies in the world.  Before this, he worked for one of the largest computer hardware companies in the world, and he worked in numerous countries in South and North America as well

as Asia, implementing various software solutions. Also, Mr. Palmer wrote software for robots.

Mr. Palmer is a proponent of technology, but like others wants to bring the possible threat of AGI (Artificial General Intelligence) to people’s attention. Mr. Palmer is a frequent guest on multiple radio shows, where he fields questions and explains the impact of AI and AGI. He lives with his loving wife of 30 years, Mary, in Wisconsin.​


Radio host of

The Write Stuff

Parker J. Cole

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Radio host, 
Don McCauley
of The Authors Show
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- Interviews with RD Palmer -
The One and Artificial General Intelligence
The One 
Radio Interview
The Write Stuff
May 14, 2019
The One
Radio Interview
The Authors Show
August 13, 2019
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Part 1: AGI The Machine Element
February 9. 2019
Part 2: AGI The Machine Element
February 23, 2019
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Part 3: AGI The Human Element
March 16, 2019
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Part 4: AGI The Human Element
April 6, 2019
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Part 5: AGI Human Lovers vs Digital Dolls
May 4, 2019
Celebrating Six Years on
The Parker J. Cole Show
July 2, 2019
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Part 6: AGI Seeing is not believing
July 6, 2019
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Part 8: AI Prophecies Come to Fruition
September 28, 2019
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Part 8: AI Prophecies Come to Fruition - Part 3
October 12, 2019
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Part 7: AGI Rise of the Skin-Hungry
July 13, 2019
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Part 8: AI Prophecies Come to Fruition - Part 2
October 5, 2019
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The One Singularity
September 23, 2020

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