#Novella: Empathy for Andrew by WJ Davies | #robot driven to #suicide #scifi

Empathy for AndrewEmpathy for Andrew by WJ Davies

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Review for the Novella in the Robot Chronicles.

How a robot is driven by an emotional sadist to suicide. About 22,000 words or a 2 hour read.
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Novella Review: Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow #transhuman #scifi

Guy loses everything due to a combination of attachment to the past and desire for vengeance while tromping through Disney land.  About 53 thousand words or a 5 hour read.

I wish I had good things to say about this Novella.  I hope Disney pays Cory Doctorow handsome sums to write his infomercials about Disney land :-|(_blase (I feel blase)).

First couple of chapters the protagonist was a transhuman, but then he became some kind of caveman with unbridled emotion and senseless action.

I think overall it’s a tragedy, in terms of character arc. The characters start out somewhat reasonable and then just go down hill from there. None of the characters get better, or solve their inner issues. Though a few external ones are “solved”, at great personal and professional expense.

If we try to ignore the blatant advertising, there were some bits about human backups, which allow a person to restore from backup in case they die. Related to it was the ability to accept others experience, just as the initial experience was fed to the clone incarnation. Also there was the reputation based currency or whoofie.

My understanding is that in part this was a piece to show how terrible reputation based currency is. Due to the petty popularity games and rivalries that are showcased in the book.

Can buy or download it free below:

http://craphound.com/category/down/

For your reading pleasure I have a modified version which replaces all occurrences  of Disney and Magic with Liberty:

http://joyfullifestyle.ca/story/robot/nonprofit/Cory_Doctorow_-_Down_and_Out_in_the_Liberty_Kingdom.txt