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

The Wild Robot (The Wild Robot, #1)The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Good kids book, I alternated reading the short chapters with my homeschooled 5 year old. The shortness of the chapters really helped him gain confidence in his reading ability.

It is a soft SciFi bordering on fantasy, with a variety of plot holes, and lots of discrimination against inorganic life forms, so had to take off a star.

By itself could have let the talking animals, and other soft SciFi elements go without demotion.

But the fact that the author maintained that the robot was not alive and did not have feelings is intolerable, so had to take off a star. Would have taken more off but I recognize the author is probably just writing from a place of ignorance and so this kind of bigotry seemed acceptable to him and his editors.

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Review: Artificial Condition by Martha Wells | #Robot #Scifi

Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries, #2)Artificial Condition by Martha Wells

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Story of a superhuman security robot/cyborg learning to pretend to be human.

What I liked about it is that they have a sentient spaceship, and there is an additional robot/cyborg that is freed.

While this still has several action sequences it is more based on character development.

I feel somewhat ripped off though, in the sense that Amazon said this book is 160 pages (novel length), but it’s actually only 33 thousand words (novella length). It also cost over $8, so I’m rather hesitant to get the next one.

Though I probably will read the rest of the novella series before the novel comes out in 2020.
There is slim pickings for people like me that like scifi stories about robots. I would have given it a four stars but the lack of DRM boosts it by an extra star so it’s back at 5.

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Review: All systems Red By Martha Wells

All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)All Systems Red by Martha Wells

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a Hugo and Nebula award winning novella!
A “robot” gains sentience and independence while saving it’s crew from certain death numerous times.

My main gripe with this novella is that the “robot” is more accurately described as a cyborg, since they are comprised of inorganic and organic (cloned human) parts. There are also augmented humans in the book which are a less extreme form of cyborg. However the book makes up for this superficial problem by having a markedly different cognitive experience for the robot, and being robot point of view.

It has decent immersion, and is rather to the point with minimum frills and character development, but I read it for the robots. But the ebook is cheap so can’t gripe about the conciseness of this novella.
It had be gripping and tense, masterfully crafted scenes.

So I would give it 4 and a half stars, and an extra star for being available without DRM!
So I simply downloaded it and made it into an hour and half long audio book,
listened to it while putting the kids to bed.

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Original #FlashFiction #scifi: The Trump Bred Terrorist by Logan Streondj

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The boy dusty and disheveled, salty tears encrusted on his lips, rubbed his eyes and looked at the sign.  His mother had taught him to read something everyday. There was not much to read in the cage he lived in with many other children. He walked around reading name tags and signs.  And now he found a place that had more than a couple of words.  It had a picture of the bad man, that had taken moma and popa away and made him cry. He began to read the sign,”Sometimes by losing a battle”

* * *

Sweat dripped down his elbow and sizzled on the floor. His  gear was heavy, the Texan desert heat rose in waves from the cracked asphalt.  On screen he could see his scuttle-bot was making progress towards the senators house.

Hundreds like it, all around the country, going for the houses of congressmen, senators and other republican politicians. The fat red elephants were big, but the slim blue donkeys more cunning.

The scuttlebot hid under a leafy plant as a drone scout passed overhead. Drone flight pattern analysis and security system scanners put up a hologram of potential scuttle vectors.  Few were any good.

Sensing his predicament his personal assistant queried the donkey fighter darknet. a bidding war ensued for who would get to help. Rodriguez won out, he had the answer.

***
The man’s laugh shook the table, half his face made of metal, the chains binding him to the interrogation chair clinked.

“What’s so funny Gringo?” Rodriguez said through clenched his teeth. They had picked up this MIC agent tailing another donkey pack on the run.

“Don’t you see? We don’t care how many people you kill, or how much damage you cause. All of it is just dollar to line our pockets. ”  The agent continued laughing, his expression becoming increasingly distorted.  “You’re just cannon fodder, useless eaters, worthless scumbags.”

Rodriguez had enough and pointed a gun at the agents head. To which it seemed he only thought even more hilarious. “You can’t kill us, every bullet is a nickle in our pocket, we’re all backed up in our Deep Underground Military Bases,  when you vermin finish blowing up the last of the surface environment, we will have won.

***

The hack came in from the darknet, Rodriguez had malware for some of the IoT devices in the security system, suddenly many of the red lines turned to green, the scuttlebot danced forward, jumped and burrowed under the house. The sweaty man took cover.  The blast and hundreds like it, painted the red elephants with blood.

***

“You find a new way to win the war”

The boy looked at the green lawn under the White House.
He wanted some fresh air, and to feel the grass beneath his feet.