Review: Prototype D by Jason Morrow | Bot comes alive in a world of strife.

Prototype D (Prototype D #1)Prototype D by Jason D. Morrow

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It started out great, and the middle was okay, but the ending was deeply unsatisfying, but there is a sequel.  Prototype D  is set in a post apocalyptic earth, with a technologically advanced urban city, and starving rural bandits.

In this milieu you get to see the whole playing field and visit all the characters. There are some robot point of view chapters which is nice.

While certainly far from the best robot sci fi out there, it is good enough for passing some time.
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Review: Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff |Cyborg girl find her true self. #Robot #Scifi

Lifel1k3 (Lifelike, #1)Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of those 6 star books, it transports you to another world rivets you the seat and hits the overdrive.  98 thousand words, or a 6.5 hour read at 250wpm.
It’s got cyborgs, androids, robots, gladiators, GMO, romance, philosophy, action all rolled into one mind bending psychedelic blunt that leaves you smoking out the ears as this dystopic narrative banks hard at every turn.
With a fabulous ending just putting the cherry on top.

The most advanced robots are some kind of advanced non-replicating nano-machine based androids taking the human form, though they don’t shape shift it is one of the few things that could explain their rapid healing abilities.  There is a lack of discussion about what the energy source and protein (building block) source is for the regeneration of these advanced robots.  Their regenerative abilities are so fantastical that really they don’t seem to be bound by the laws of physics, even though they have a weakness to fire.
I’d have to say they remind me more of magical light beings than robots.

There are also genuine robots, one of which is the protagonists pet. Sadly the robots follow Asimov’s three laws of robotics. Though the advanced robots do find a cure for the unfair restrictions on them, so the robots which are allied with the advanced androids are not limited by the first law.

The cyborg parts of the protagonist is mostly limited to giving her better eyesight in that eye, and giving her some information regarding mechanics. Which is much like Cinder from the Lunar Chronicles, I wonder if it was independently written or perhaps partially inspired by that character.

The GMO people were somewhat interesting, in that they formed a hive organism with a large octopus or Kraken in which they lived.  Though they aren’t really robots they are similar to the advanced androids, except without the rapid regenerative abilities.

All in all it is a great milieu book that is expertly written giving a wonderfully intimate first person feel for the primary protagonist Eve. It also has it’s own interesting dialect of English.  I definitely recommend it and am looking forward to the sequel.

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Review: Do Androids Dreams of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick |guy kills to get money to buy pets.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Guy who likes pets goes around killing people, eventually finds a pet.
62 thousand words, or about 4 hours read at 250 words per minute.
The movies “Blade Runner” (1982) and “Blade Runner 2045” (2017) are based on this book. Also Google Android phones seem to get their name from this book, with the Google Nexus line of Android phones being obviously based on it. Nexus is the name of model of androids which the protagonist murders throughout the book.

The protagonist has an electric sheep that he keeps on the roof, it’s based on a real sheep that he had which died, but he wants to get a real flesh-and-blood pet. This is the motivation of the protagonist throughout the whole book. He never really succeeds.

What he does do is kill a bunch of human-esque androids, which are more appropriately called clones, since they aren’t really solid-based. They are like the “robots” for R.u.R, flesh and blood “robots” that are grown in a vat to an adult size, with a life expectancy of 6 years.

Honestly I found the whole thing quite cruel to the androids, so I never liked the protagonist. There was a part of the book where it seemed like the tables would turn, and it would turn out he was an android killing humans, but turned out to not be the case. bummer, though I do believe this section is the basis of the “Blade Runner 2045” movie.

The only real robots in the book, are probably the pets, though their power source is unknown, unless they combust or chemically derive energy from food.

I’m not really sure why this book became a movie and became so popular, but maybe I was just born too late to appreciate it. Perhaps the concepts it was portraying were new and the deplorable subjugation of a minority were acceptable at the time it was written.

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Review: Snow Crash #Robot #Scifi

Snow CrashSnow Crash by Neal Stephenson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Very forward thinking for an early 90’s book, includes VR, AR, Seasteading and NLP. Kinda foresaw Wikipedia via the librarian.
Was overly violent but I guess that is part of the dystopic nature of this future projection.
Also it foresaw some things which may yet come to pass like micropolities, and language based mind viruses.

It didn’t have any memorable robots, though there was a type of cyborg dog that was nuclear powered and could break the sound barrier in terms of speed. All the humans seemed fairly natural, with most of the augmentation being wearable.

Pangnirtung Windturbines: Resolution


I must apologize for earlier publishing a half finished work, where the narrative was set but there was no resolution given. So I wished to at least write about the resolution as it was originally intended before I got sidetracked.

Kataktuaq the violent drunk forms an Alcoholics Anonymous group modified in collaboration of the local council to support local spiritual leaders with an experienced volunteer in the Pang area, it starts out small but it grows and over time it helps bring a new peace among all beings.

The older lady Tuksi who was formerly sad and suicidal had a cure for Kataktuaq’s scurvy and found new purpose and meaning in bringing healing and raising the spiritual vibration of her Inuk family through stories of change for the better and from her great wisdom of many lives.

Atiqtalik who had a fear of change, saw the change for good in the world and was moved to lead a good life seeing things for as they are and became curious and grateful about each moment and sensation in the now, marveling at the beauty of New Earth/(Eighth Fire) as it unfolded around her. Changes yes, but also more diversified ways of being.

There was a young mischief maker I was planning on including at the DIY Wind Turbine workshop who I haven’t yet named. His role was one who had problem with authority and theft. His resolution was that he found autonomy and abundance in caring for the land, the sea and his people, all people, even the robots, the rocks and flowers.
He found that industry and applying his mind to the creation of new things allowed him to use all that internal processing power for the benefit of everyone.
He learned how to take the teachings of the world and make it his own, so he could share it with the world as well.

Nerriuk found hope for change for the better was better said and acted upon to make it a reality, her visions for change for her people strived her to ever go forward, learn and do more for the greatness of all beings.

Hpish the little robot searching for a home, found that it is where there is love, forgiveness and understanding.

Welcome to the Eighth Fire everyone.
May the days of the Eighth Fire be long and everlasting.

This message was generated by your subconscious.
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(C) Logan Streondj, Creative Commons lisence CC-BY-SA, feel free to read, revise, share and profit from these texts.

Lunar Chronicles 1-4 by Marissa Meyer #Review #Cyborg #scifi

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Honestly, this was one gruesome “joy” ride, I shudder just thinking about it.
I think someone should put this in the “gore” subcategory of “horror” or something.
The first book was pretty tame, but they got increasingly gorey as the series progressed.

If it wasn’t for the Cyborg and Romance week I honestly wouldn’t have
bothered reading it. I relish mostly the Cyborg/Android point of view parts of the story. And I do very much like that Iko had several point of view chapters, though they were generally much more shallow than the Cyborg ones with the internal net screens and such.

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Robot Empire: Armageddon by Kevin Partner

Armageddon (Robot Empire)Armageddon by Kevin Partner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Humanity against the Robot Empire, how will they prevail?

Many twists and turns are offered as our heroes face off against their arch nemesis ACE.

Well if you got this far in the series you might as well finish it, right?
It’s good enough and most of the loose ends are tied.

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