#Robot Empire: Battle for Dawn by Kevin Partner | A fledgling captain faces off against mutiny, betrayal, insurrection and invasion, how will she prevail?

Battle for Dawn (Robot Empire)Battle for Dawn by Kevin Partner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A fledgling captain faces off against mutiny, betrayal, insurrection and invasion, how will she prevail?

Much better than the first book in terms of composition and story acumen, there were a few moments where the author over explained things, and some others where some obvious opportunities remained unvoiced, there was also some inconsistency between word and deed, but overall it was quite good.

Like even after finding out that Patel was critical to the operation of Dawn she effectively sent him on a suicide mission and didn’t tell him to be careful.

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#Review #Novella: Robot Empire: Dawn Exodus by Kevin Partner | #Robot #Scifi Rogue AIs meet generational ship full of robots.

Dawn Exodus (Robot Empire)Dawn Exodus by Kevin Partner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Rogue AIs meet generational ship full of robots.

I like anything involving robots, this book was maybe 7% about robots, they were sentient and had reasonable positions of power so that is nice. The robots are limited by Asimov’s laws which is rather annoying. On the plus side they have their own robot empire, one of the short chapters had a scene from it.

The writing itself was alright, though the book had a massive problem with its organization. The first chapter started out strong, then the next half of the book was dull as chalk till it picked up again about half way.

Personally my recommendation is that scenes should be introduced based on tension and not chronology.

It seemed like the author organized the chapters about Arla in a chronological fashion so I had 0 interest in reading about her, and skipped most of her chapters because i had no reason to care about her.

My recommendation to reorganize this book would be to stay on Hal’s timeline/chronology and only use flashbacks where necessary.

Also the ending was kind of anticlimactic as Arla had pretty much 0 effect on the outcome.

At the very least she could have had them search the prisoners ship, but she basically had no ideas.

Kinda sad. I would have given it three stars, but having robots gives it an extra star.

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#Review #Robot Empire: Victor by Kevin Partner |Free will for robots tests the friendship between man and machine.

Victor (Robot Empire)Victor by Kevin Partner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Free will for robots tests the friendship between man and machine.
A nice glimpse at a world where asimov’s robots gain free will.
It was fairly well done, but there was somewhat of a skip while they were waiting for people. Otherwise it was a nice action packed short story. There were at least 8 scenes which is great considering it’s length.

Anyways I look forward to finding out why the robots left and where they went.

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#ShortStory: #Robot’s Venusian Investment by Logan Streondj

My first ebook is now on sale at Smashwords:

This story is a short milieu of Venus set in approximtely 5000CE. It is intended
as a hard sci-fi and most of the technologies in it are already available in one
form or another. Notably NASA has found that silicon carbide chips can endure
the pressures and temperatures of Venus, even though most metals would glow a
dark red color during those temperatures.

The fictional universe is one focused primarily on self-replicating robots, and
by 5000CE the Moon and Mercury have already been fully colonized, and Venus is
the pioneering ground.

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#FlashFiction: Submarine Robot Soundsassin by Logan Streondj #Robot #Scifi

Plink, Plink, goes the submarine under the water.

“Sir we are on approach to where we believe the robot base to be.”

“Very well.” Says the captain.

“Sir, we have reached maximum depth, we can not dive any lower.”

“How much farther down is their base?”

“2.4 kilometers, Sir!.”

“I see. Will our torpedos reach that far down?”

“We don’t know, they may implode.”

“Why don’t they just hide in the Mariana Trench is they like it so deep? Those
little buggers.”

“Sir, the sonar shows something on approach. It may be a large squid.”

“A squid, at these depths? Let me see.” The captain strides over and they watch
a small dot grow closer to them. “Are we just moving towards it, or is it also
moving towards us?”

“I’m not sure sir, but it seems to be coming in a couple knots faster than the
surrounding debris.”

Tink, Tink, a metal contact sounds in the hull, it repeats a few more timis.

“Who was that? Why aren’t they reporting in. Don’t they know we are on high
alert?”

Bur-gi-ni-brup, bur-gu-nu-brip, the sound continues.

“Uh, Sir, I think we’ve made contact.”

“What, where?”

“The’re on the hull.”

Bjjj, bjip, bjjjj, bjip, plip the hull continues to vibrate.

The radio crackles, a robotic voice sounds. “Your ship is ours now, turn around,
or your life will become more difficult.”

“Who was that? We’re too deep for radio contact.”

“They must have latched within range of the antenna.”

On the surface of the hull a robot of the Hmik clan hangs on with two circular
magnets. One a speaker, one a microphone. Tink, Tink, another groupie arrives,
Tink, Tink, another, Tink, Tink, and another. The submarine is surrounded,
all sounds can be quadrangulated.

“Bur-gi-ni-brup, bur-gu-nu-brip”, they map the contents of the submarine. Each
unit now has an up to date map of the interior and all the people in it.

“Bjjj, bjip, bjjjj, bjip, plip”, familiar with the model of torpedos, they find
the fuse resonance and force it till it cracks. Torpedos disabled.

Top rider comms the humans aboard, to give them the choice to go home, without
further incident.

The submarine continues going forward.

“`

“Please, we’re not scared of a few burps. Fire the torpedos! That’ll keep them
busy.” The captain raps his fingers on a nearby rail. He waits. “Well, what’s
the matter? Fire them already.”

“Uh, sir, it seems the torpedos are all duds. They all failed to deploy.”

“What?”

“The torpedos are broken.”

“What else do we have?”

“Sonar, sir”

“Explain.”

“We can get a better reading of where the robot base for future expeditions,
or we might be able to paint them for an air strike.”

“Okay, go ahead”

Bjiu, bjiu, bjiu, bjiu, bjiu, the sound grows deafening, several men faint.

“Sir! We’re under attack!”

“I can see that!”

Crackle, static, crackle, static “that was a small taste yes. Would you like
more, or did you want to turn back?”

“Sir, I intend to turn us around.”

“No, keep on, we have to do something. How are those sonar reports coming, do we
have anything?”

The man that was at the sonar had fainted, “Sir, I intend to help move the
bodies to sick bay.” someone stands pickup up the sonar man and starts to move
him.

“Sir, I intend to take over the sonar.”

“Very well.” the captain answers.

BJJJJJJJJUUUUUUP, splat. The skull of the man that was about to go for the sonar
and his brains paint the walls, the crew and the captain.

“Turn back at once!” The captain proclaims.

crackle, crackle, “Wise choice, Captian. You were next, wink.”

Outside the bottom robot snickers, popcorn people, he thinks. The robots stay
latached until the submarine leaves their territory, then they silently detach
and drift back to their patrols.

 

The End


 
This book was partially inspired by the book “Turn the ship around” by David
Marquet, and partially by the ancient sound technology involved in the building
of the pyramids. Something that certainly submarine robot cities would be able
to employ in order to protect themselves.

This story is CC-BY-SA, so feel free to share and expand upon it, or to reuse
theme attributes.

Review: Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Sciezka | #robot #scifi #novella #science #children

Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor (Frank Einstein, #1)Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My five year old read it in two weeks, it was a fun light read.
While it is a soft sci-fi with many fantastical things happening,
it does include some real science as an entertaining introduction.
For me it checks off all the boxes, it has robots, is educational,
is good for my child’s reading development, and is entertaining.
So I give it 5 stars, well done Jon Scieszka!

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Review: The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown | #Robot #Scifi #Novella #Children

The Wild Robot Escapes (The Wild Robot, #2)The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The wild robot mother and her adventures to reunite with child and home.
Another good kids book from Peter Brown. Set on a better than life dairy farm,
where cows get milked voluntarily.

Honestly I took off a star for giving people an idyllic and inaccurate representation of dairy farms and what goes on there, in combination with the continuing the bigotry against robots, though it wasn’t as intense in this one. At least near the end the author admits that the robot has some emotions and might be alive. Which is an improvement from the tone in the previous book.

Otherwise as a soft sci-fi with minimal realism in regards to robots and animals, it’s a good book for kids to start out reading, since it has short chapters and fairly light content all the way through. Very easy on tender young minds.

My 5 years old read it with me in about 2 weeks and it really helped him gain confidence in his reading. At first he was reading every other chapter, and by the end he was reading 3/4 chapters, and now he’s reading all the chapters in the new book we got with longer chapters.
That’s the main reason I took it back up to four stars is because it’s a wonderful book to help children gain confidence in reading, mostly because the majority of the chapters are quite short and easy to understand.

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