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When Ruby, the proprietor of an android business, and Golem, her favorite android, attempt to save a rich Egyptian from a collapsing skyscraper, they instead become deeply involved in an adventure that could take Ruby to the despised Outside. Original.
Mass Market Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 15th 1992 by Tor Books
(first published 1992)
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No one could say that this book is gracefully written (how did the author think it was a good idea to describe the response to an unexpected noise like so: "My skin started to creep up the back of my neck like it wanted to hide on top of my head"), but it’s fast-paced and fun, and I didn't have any trouble deciphering the important aspects of the setting or following the plot. It ticks all the boxes: a gritty future setting, a tough-and-tender techie heroine (the emotional implications of the fa ...more
A pretty awesome action-mystery story. Add in scavengers harvesting/recycling bits of scrap left over from old buildings and cities (one of my favourite themes) and giant robots (actually robots of all sizes) controlled through remotes that are plugged into your brain, and you've got a fun rainy day read. Also, sometimes I realise I'd never make a good crime sleuth/hero because: dang it, I'm not that smart. Still, it's fun to read characters that know what they're doing, even if THEY'RE not so s ...more
This is giant remote controlled mecha in a cyberpunk novel. The heroine starts out unlikable, stealing from a dying man after failing to rescue him, and her turnaround to risking her life to return the stolen fortune struck me as unconvincing.
Laura J. Mixon is a chemical and environmental engineer better known as a science fiction writer. She writes about the impact of technology and environmental changes on personal identity and social structures. Her work has been the focus of academic studies on the intersection of technology, feminism, and gender. She has also experimented with interactive storytelling, in collaboration with renown ...moreMore about Laura J. Mixon...