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.
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.
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.