#Robot Empire: Twilight on Terra by Kevin Partner

Twilight on Terra (Robot Empire)Twilight on Terra by Kevin Partner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A curious millieu of future Earth as a post apocalyptic agrarian place, also the exploration of the other arkships.
There was a faceoff with ACE and some other action scenes, not as many loose ends in this one but it could probably have used some more character development.

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#Robot Empire: Sledgehammer by Kevin Partner |From Captain to Oracle to Imperial advisor Arla plays many roles to stave off the extinction of her species (humans)

Sledgehammer (Robot Empire)Sledgehammer by Kevin Partner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

From Captain to Oracle to Imperial advisor Arla plays many roles to stave off the extinction of her species (humans). Meanwhile we get some exciting glimpses into some robot point of view chapters as a band of rusty renegades get repaired.

ACE becomes somewhat of a flat villain and some options go unexplored and some loose ends are left hanging, some characters think out of character thoughts thinking things they couldn’t possibly know about. But for a self published book it is pretty good.

The ending is good, I think that may be are of the main things going for him, he has excellent endings, they give a sense of resolve and peace, while the epilogues provide the cliff hangers that leave you yearning for more.

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#Robot Empire: Planet of Steel by Kevin Partner

Planet of Steel (Robot Empire)Planet of Steel by Kevin Partner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Robot Empire is finally revealed in this book, nothing is as it first appears our heros are thrust into a position whereby they must save the robot race from extinction by a mysterious death star.

Kevin has gotten better with practice but there are still some very obvious options that they did not explore. Like if the ‘Intruder’ uses star gates to travel, then why not simply destroy the star gates when it is within a system thus trapping it.

Another thing is that in battle of dawn the robots had stunned and secured a large group of marines and destroyed their mothership, but there is no mention of what they did to the survivors. The only mention of marines is dead ones on the surface that died in the initial assault.

It would be out of character for the crew to slaughter them while helpless, or for the officers to allow them to suffocate to death, but since the author didn’t tie that loose end we are left wondering.

Otherwise good book with engaging plot, immersive writing and deeply flawed characters with enough tension to keep you flipping pages. Great cliffhanger at the end also.

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#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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#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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