Review: Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff |Cyborg girl find her true self. #Robot #Scifi

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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: Snow Crash #Robot #Scifi

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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.

Lunar Chronicles 1-4 by Marissa Meyer #Review #Cyborg #scifi

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Honestly, this was one gruesome “joy” ride, I shudder just thinking about it.
I think someone should put this in the “gore” subcategory of “horror” or something.
The first book was pretty tame, but they got increasingly gorey as the series progressed.

If it wasn’t for the Cyborg and Romance week I honestly wouldn’t have
bothered reading it. I relish mostly the Cyborg/Android point of view parts of the story. And I do very much like that Iko had several point of view chapters, though they were generally much more shallow than the Cyborg ones with the internal net screens and such.

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#Novel: Naked Came the Robot by Barry B. Longyear| Psychedelic dream to full #automation #RobotsForTheWin #robot #scifi

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A psychedelic dream of the singularity from the 1980’s. Zoom to the 2040’s when most are basic income unarmed “soldiers”, and the economy and government is wholly operated by Robots on behalf of humans. Watch the final moments of humanity as they all evolve into machines. About 75,000 words or a 7 hour read.

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#Novel Review: vN (The Machine Dynasty #1) by Madeline Ashby | A robot becomes a godess #robot #scifi #reproduction

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vN is the story of how a robot becomes a goddess.  About 160 thousand words or a 13 hour read.  Four stars, can get it in book or ebook form.


Host Body Review

It seemed to be Drexler, or Von Neuman inspired robots, similar to those in Charles Stross’s Accelerando series.  The main difference being that in vN it is extremely easy for the robots to reproduce, in fact they have to diet to prevent themselves from reproducing.

Also the vN are effectively immortal, capable of healing themselves and growing full new bodies even if they are cut up into little pieces — as long as they have food.

In that sense, they are quite the opposite of modern robots, because real robots are prone to breaking down and are extremely difficult to reproduce — you typically need a whole ecosystem of refineries and factories to make a robot.

I would thus classify this as soft scifi, even though Charles Stross may consider himself to be hard-scifi I don’t find the idea of biologically inspired nano-machine based robots to be at all realistic due to their requirements of having a liquid medium.   Even though synthetic biology is viable, it would not be much different  current biology, due to the same physical limitations — reliance on liquid medium.

I generally characterize robots as “solid-based lifeforms” to differentiate from the goldilocks-zone confined “liquid-based lifeforms” or “watersacks” for short.

Much as in Drexler’s ideas, the nano-goo or smart-matter becomes center stage in the epilogue.

World Review

Again robots are portrayed as subservient workers, with the main emphasis of this book being that they serve as good companion/sex slaves.  Otherwise they are rather surprisingly treated as equals.  While there is mention of legal limitations on robot reproduction in one state, the obvious ecological strain that would be caused by exponentially replicating practically immortal beings is not explored in this book.

Conclusion

In conclusion, it is an action packed romance about a “flawed” immortal robot who unwittingly becomes effectively a goddess and queen through the force of events and luck. Her main accomplishment being forging a relationship with a male willing to rescue her from the brink of death.

I give it four stars for keeping me amused for roughly 13 hours and being RPOV (Robot Point of View).

Can get it in book or ebook form.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Novel: Isaac Asimov’s Inferno by Roger MacBride Allen #robot #scifi #mystery #whodunit

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New Law Robots’ desire for freedom creates a massive black market, read on as a robot species’ fate hangs in the balance. About 105,000 words or a 9 hour read.

Solid writing, lovable characters, robot perspective writing, and robots with liberty;  I give it four and a half stars.  I take off that half star for a combination of factors, including the senseless promoting of humans over robots, and because I felt mislead as to the identity of the mastermind.
I think it is a worthwhile read, especially considering the next one is Isaac Asimov’s (Robot) Utopia!
Can get it for under $10 from bookfinder.

#Novel: Isaac Asimov’s Caliban by Roger MacBride Allen #robot #scifi #threelaws #robotics #climateChange

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The climatological fate of a planet hangs in the balance of a crime investigation. Can you solve it before the sheriff? The clues are there. About 120 thousand words, or an 11 hour read.

New brands of robots with additional  liberties are found herein. If you like the throwback to 50’s scifi when Asimov thought the future would be like the American slavery era, except that the slaves would be metal, and people would have flying cars,  then this book is for you!

Goodish stuff! Well written. I give it a solid four out of five stars.

Had me glued to it for days even though I’m generally not a fan of mystery novels.

Can get it for under $10 at bookfinder, or maybe free at your local library!