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Saturn's Children

by Charles Stross

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Sometime in the twenty-third century, humanity went extinct leaving only androids behind. Freya Nakamichi 47 is a femmebot, one of the last of her kind still functioning. With no humans left to pay for the pleasures she provides, she agrees to transport a mysterious package from Mercury to Mars. Unfortunately for Freya, she has just made herself a moving target for some very powerful, very determined humanoids who will stop at nothing to possess the contents of the package.… (more)
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    Friday by Robert A. Heinlein (bertilak, infiniteletters)
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    The Automatic Detective by A. Lee Martinez (hoddybook)
    hoddybook: Both offer an enjoyable romp with advanced sentient AIs
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    Crossover by Joel Shepherd (hoddybook)
    hoddybook: Both have female ai's with a high libido in a dangerous universe.
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    I, Robot by Isaac Asimov (questbird)
    questbird: A collection of Isaac Asimov's Robot stories, where he makes his Three Laws of Robotics explicit. These Three Laws have influenced all subsequent science fiction about robots, including 'Saturn's Children', which is a riff on the Laws.
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    With Folded Hands ... [short fiction] by Jack Williamson (questbird)
    questbird: A tale about robots who carry out their duty to protect humanity to an extreme degree, with negative consequences.
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Favorite line so far (spoken by a post-human android concerning early manned missions to Mars): "Our Creators were clearly insane. Sending canned primates to Mars was never going to end happily." ( )
  Treebeard_404 | Jan 23, 2024 |
I felt like I should like this book more than I actually did; it's an homage to a Heinlein book that I like and is full of great ideas about a robot civilization that survives past the extinction of the human race. But I had a hard time staying interested; the book went to great pains to show the main character was just a machine, and a copy of another machine at that, making it hard to care about her. Most of the events of the first half of the book seemed like random unrelated events. It took me months to actually finish the book, but the ending did sew things up neatly. ( )
  yaj70 | Jan 22, 2024 |
I can’t think around general comparison of this book to anime. Crazy and far fetched world heavily based on our real issues? Easy to read but hard to follow? So funny in places but so sad in general? It’s all there with some more. The "trick" of changing decoration to make the core ideas to shine even more is done brilliantly. Like some anime this book is pure genius in places. There are some social messages you just can not miss. They hit hard. They make you think. They make you sad knowing it will be something like that or worse. Whatever the description says this book is mostly about inevitability of human nature. ( )
  WorkLastDay | Dec 17, 2023 |
Charles Stross is starting to wear thin on me. ( )
  hubrisinmotion | Nov 14, 2023 |
I am always all over the place with Stross. He is a gifted writer and can really put a story together but sometimes his books just don't knock me out.

This book was good but I admit that I was expecting more and it wasn't nearly as clever as I think it was suppose to be. I will continue to read Stross but I have a feeling he is going to always be one of those writers that just completely wows me or is just all right. ( )
  cdaley | Nov 2, 2023 |
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Somewhere, Heinlein is proudly smiling.
added by Shortride | editAsimov's Science Fiction, Paul Di Filippo (Sep 1, 2009)
 
This is a fabulous book, a witty and deep critique of the field's shibboleths, and well worth the price of admission.
added by lampbane | editBoing Boing, Cory Doctorow (Nov 10, 2008)
 

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Gibbons, LeeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Williamsen,JoeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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'If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.'
- Sir Isaac Newton
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This book is dedicated to the memory of two of the giants of science fiction:
Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7, 1907 - May 8, 1988) and
Isaac Asimov (January 2, 1920 - April 6, 1992)
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Today is the two-hundredth anniversary of the final extinction of my One True Love, as close as I can date it.
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Why bother learning all that biochemistry stuff-or how to design a building, or conn a boat, or balance accounts, or solve equations, or comfort the dying-when you can get other people to do all that for you in exchange for a blow job?
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Sometime in the twenty-third century, humanity went extinct leaving only androids behind. Freya Nakamichi 47 is a femmebot, one of the last of her kind still functioning. With no humans left to pay for the pleasures she provides, she agrees to transport a mysterious package from Mercury to Mars. Unfortunately for Freya, she has just made herself a moving target for some very powerful, very determined humanoids who will stop at nothing to possess the contents of the package.

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