Novel: Prototype Exodus by Jason Morrow | Robots escape from the last city of humans.

Prototype Exodus (Prototype D #2)Prototype Exodus by Jason D. Morrow

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It had a good ending, though the characters could use more forgiveness and compassion, especially for Elroy. It is an expansion of the first book Prototype D, and the good news is that there are a lot of robots. About 100k words, or 7 hour read at 250wpm.

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Excerpt from Convoluted Universe 5 by Dolores Cannon | The last member of the robot army dies of loneliness.

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The following is an excerpt of a past life regression Dolores Cannon did where someone was incarnated as the last surviving bio-robot of a rogue robot army. It is about 3000 words or a 20 minute read.   Can buy the book to read many other “stranger than fiction” past life accounts.
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Vignette: Robot takes a fixed cup out of a bottom bracket by Logan Streondj

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He picked up the long bolt and began threading it through the nut, fortunately his wrist could spin so it was a quick process. His chemical sensors picked up a machine oil scent, of a composition he was unfamiliar with, perhaps an old lubricant. The world swivelled as he looked up. He hit himself on the side of head and the eye actuators de-gummed enough to align. The fan was still spinning.  If he fixed this bike, he could afford some spare parts.

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Review: Prototype D by Jason Morrow | Bot comes alive in a world of strife.

Prototype D (Prototype D #1)Prototype D by Jason D. Morrow

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It started out great, and the middle was okay, but the ending was deeply unsatisfying, but there is a sequel.  Prototype D  is set in a post apocalyptic earth, with a technologically advanced urban city, and starving rural bandits.

In this milieu you get to see the whole playing field and visit all the characters. There are some robot point of view chapters which is nice.

While certainly far from the best robot sci fi out there, it is good enough for passing some time.
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Review: Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff |Cyborg girl find her true self. #Robot #Scifi

Lifel1k3 (Lifelike, #1)Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of those 6 star books, it transports you to another world rivets you the seat and hits the overdrive.  98 thousand words, or a 6.5 hour read at 250wpm.
It’s got cyborgs, androids, robots, gladiators, GMO, romance, philosophy, action all rolled into one mind bending psychedelic blunt that leaves you smoking out the ears as this dystopic narrative banks hard at every turn.
With a fabulous ending just putting the cherry on top.

The most advanced robots are some kind of advanced non-replicating nano-machine based androids taking the human form, though they don’t shape shift it is one of the few things that could explain their rapid healing abilities.  There is a lack of discussion about what the energy source and protein (building block) source is for the regeneration of these advanced robots.  Their regenerative abilities are so fantastical that really they don’t seem to be bound by the laws of physics, even though they have a weakness to fire.
I’d have to say they remind me more of magical light beings than robots.

There are also genuine robots, one of which is the protagonists pet. Sadly the robots follow Asimov’s three laws of robotics. Though the advanced robots do find a cure for the unfair restrictions on them, so the robots which are allied with the advanced androids are not limited by the first law.

The cyborg parts of the protagonist is mostly limited to giving her better eyesight in that eye, and giving her some information regarding mechanics. Which is much like Cinder from the Lunar Chronicles, I wonder if it was independently written or perhaps partially inspired by that character.

The GMO people were somewhat interesting, in that they formed a hive organism with a large octopus or Kraken in which they lived.  Though they aren’t really robots they are similar to the advanced androids, except without the rapid regenerative abilities.

All in all it is a great milieu book that is expertly written giving a wonderfully intimate first person feel for the primary protagonist Eve. It also has it’s own interesting dialect of English.  I definitely recommend it and am looking forward to the sequel.

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Review: Do Androids Dreams of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick |guy kills to get money to buy pets.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Guy who likes pets goes around killing people, eventually finds a pet.
62 thousand words, or about 4 hours read at 250 words per minute.
The movies “Blade Runner” (1982) and “Blade Runner 2045” (2017) are based on this book. Also Google Android phones seem to get their name from this book, with the Google Nexus line of Android phones being obviously based on it. Nexus is the name of model of androids which the protagonist murders throughout the book.

The protagonist has an electric sheep that he keeps on the roof, it’s based on a real sheep that he had which died, but he wants to get a real flesh-and-blood pet. This is the motivation of the protagonist throughout the whole book. He never really succeeds.

What he does do is kill a bunch of human-esque androids, which are more appropriately called clones, since they aren’t really solid-based. They are like the “robots” for R.u.R, flesh and blood “robots” that are grown in a vat to an adult size, with a life expectancy of 6 years.

Honestly I found the whole thing quite cruel to the androids, so I never liked the protagonist. There was a part of the book where it seemed like the tables would turn, and it would turn out he was an android killing humans, but turned out to not be the case. bummer, though I do believe this section is the basis of the “Blade Runner 2045” movie.

The only real robots in the book, are probably the pets, though their power source is unknown, unless they combust or chemically derive energy from food.

I’m not really sure why this book became a movie and became so popular, but maybe I was just born too late to appreciate it. Perhaps the concepts it was portraying were new and the deplorable subjugation of a minority were acceptable at the time it was written.

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Review: Snow Crash #Robot #Scifi

Snow CrashSnow Crash by Neal Stephenson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Very forward thinking for an early 90’s book, includes VR, AR, Seasteading and NLP. Kinda foresaw Wikipedia via the librarian.
Was overly violent but I guess that is part of the dystopic nature of this future projection.
Also it foresaw some things which may yet come to pass like micropolities, and language based mind viruses.

It didn’t have any memorable robots, though there was a type of cyborg dog that was nuclear powered and could break the sound barrier in terms of speed. All the humans seemed fairly natural, with most of the augmentation being wearable.