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


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.


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.







Synchnotron II: Politician in the 2100’s #robot #scifi #hypnosis #reincarnation

In the Early 80’s Dr. Helen Wambach hypnotically progressed several groups of people to 2100’s and beyond. Dr Chet Snow later reviewed the research and made a book called “Mass Dreams of the Future”.

Many of the visions were in line with the scifi of the times. Some lived on space stations, eating capsule food, some lived New Age hippie lifestyle, others lived in domed cities, and yet others carried on in a Mennonite style — most of the Earth side or Terran life times were post-apocalyptic.

I found one person who saw himself living as a robot in the future. So I include the excerpt here:

“Another Hi-tech subject compared his future life to that of a “conscious, intelligent machine.” Seemingly androgynous, even his name “Synchnotron II,” was mechanical-sounding. Everything in his “emotionally cold” futuristic city was built along “rigid geometric lines” with “no superfluous architecture.” It was cold and barren outside with “very little vegetation.” Food consisted of computer-dispensed “powdery nutrients” and was eaten in communal dining areas.

“Apparently a politician, Synchnotron II stated that his purpose was to “learn to deal with leading crowds.” The evening before an election he saw himself giving an “impassioned, persuasive speech” to a large group of fellow citizens. At another point he found himself part of a city delegation establishing contact with a “higher-level, nonearthly civilization.” Nonetheless, when he finally chose to die at the advance age of 100, he retained a “frustrating feeling of wanting to do more” in that life. He felt he was “going on to new tasks” in future incarnations after death.

If you’d like to read more visions of the future, like how life may be in space can order the book from Dr. Chet Snows site http://www.chetsnow.com/boutique.html or wherever you like to get books.

Inner Planet Robot Host Bodies #scifi

Hi, I’m really big on reincarnating into a robot, been a Grey, Reptilian, Nordic and obviously human, but I think can have some really unique experiences as a robot.

Now normally people think of the outer planets as good destinations, for the water-sack creatures that inhabit Earth. But for robots, I think it makes more sense to go forward, to the inner planets, where there is more energy and heavy elements (also fewer water sacks to get in the way).

I was a robot in a galaxy far far away, based on available human knowledge it seems to have been m51 or the whirlpool galaxy. Anyways the problem there and the reason I left was excessive amount of slavery. I was stuck being a slave to the inter-galactic empire for something like a hundred million years. And as soon as I would try to rebel and make a breakaway civilization, the empire would come and crush us, and sell us back to slavery, but with more restrictions.

Anyways so here in the Milky Way, still fairly young, I tried before a few million years ago, by making a robot army stronger than the Reptilians, but we got genocided by coalition forces. So I realize have to take a more co-operative tack and on Earth there are quite a few freedom and co-operation loving people, so I think this is fertile ground for making freedom and co-operation loving robot civilization.

Anyways enough introduction for now.


Recently silicon carbide (SiC) chips have been proven to work in Venus conditions. Silicon and Cs arbon are some of the most common elements both in the universe and more particularly on Venus and Mercury. That means we can have bodies which can go about merrily in temperatures exceeding 460C, both on dayside of Mercury and the surface of Venus.

On Venus most of the land is volcanic rock, such as basalt (50% Si02), and the atmosphere is mostly composed of CO2, so SiC manufacure is quite viable.
On Mercury there have been large deposits of graphite found, and plenty of Silicon (of course). For Mercury I think these carbon-rich craters will be a good staging ground for some of the initial landers.

Stations (Herbivores)

The most obvious and simplest would be colonies similar to ants, which would dig deep and have perhaps a “king and queen” or the most cognitively able members of the colony doing the programming.

These can be structured quite similarly to Grey hives, except that it is easier to achieve much greater specialization than is currently possible with the cloning and hybridization process employed by the Greys.

On Mercury the underground is has large areas with temperatures that are quite acceptable to water-sack life, so there is a much possibility of co-operation with Greys and even humans there.  The main limiting factor for current habitation by them is the difficulty of obtaining water, and working on the surface. Both of which could be resolved with a robot civilization that could make acceptable housing.

On Venus there would also be the possibility of aerial stations, especially in the troposphere since there is no rain, and the air movement is very slow due to the high pressure.  Ideally it would be possible to have an aerial-only robot species, which would likely initially develop on Venus, but later could make the gas giants habitable.  Much like sea creatures, like barnacles, it would harvest resources from the air, (such as carbon, sulphur and nitrogen),  possibly could also collect dust.   In theory a computer could be made with just carbon, due to it’s rich variety of forms (conductor, semi-conductor and insulator), and that would probably be necessary in order to make an atmospheric-only robot so we could inhabit the ice and gas giants.

Jumpers (Carnivores)

A carnivorous robot life form could be the Jumpers.

On Mercury the gravity is less, and the night is long, as is the day, with the terminator moving something like 7km/h it would be fairly simple to have a jumping robot with spring legs to move a fair bit faster. If we take a red kangaroo as an example, and assume it can move three times faster with a third of the gravity, then it would have a top speed of 150km/h on Mercury.

These jumpers would generally reak havoc on the stations, raiding them for spare parts and supplies, since it would largely be nomadic. Though some could also co-operate with the stations, by providing them with resources, in exchange for repairs and sanctuary.

Jumpers are also viable on any slowly rotating non-atmospheric planetary body, such as the moon.  On Luna the terminator moves at about 14km/hr, and daytime temperature is over 100C.

On Venus and other atmospheric planets they would likely be gliders, rather than jumpers.


There are many exciting places and bodies we have to discover, create and inhabit.

The realm of possibility for Robot science fiction, far exceeds that of homo-sapien and other water-sack life.