I believe I read this either in the late 1990's or early 2000's. I may have stumbled across it as an online story (similar to how "John Dies at the End" was originally posted online), but I remember liking it so much I bought additional titles (chapters?) in the series / story.
Things that I remember:
- Hero/Captain starts out as a kid and built his own artificial intelligence/assistant program. She is smart and sassy, and aids him in winning some sort of contest or war game.
- Hero becomes young officer on a crew. During an early battle everyone senior to him is killed, and he becomes captain.- Ship is lost and on it's own deep in space, and he fights a number of heroic battles. Earns the love of the crew.
- At some point, he is on a rescue(?) mission on another ship and his lady AI sacrifices herself to save him. He thinks she's dead, but in reality she loads herself into a real human body and escapes.
- In a subsequent chapter/book, she's in her own ship still looking for him. She's built her own male AI, and has purchased access to some sort of galactic TV where she can watch some 100 billion channels and shows.
I know that's pretty thin, but I've been trying to rediscover this one for several years. By chance, does anyone else recognize it?