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In a world where humans a minority and androids have created their own civilization, a wandering storyteller meets the beautiful android Ibis.  She tells him seven stories of human/android interaction in order to reveal the secret behind humanity's fall.

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Paperback, 422 pages
Published April 20th 2010 by Haikasoru (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jason Seaver
Hiroshi Yamamoto has come up with a clever framing device for compiling several of his short stories into a novel, presenting them as stories one character reads to another. He quickly acknowledges that this is not an original gimmick, name-checking "1,001 Arabian Nights" right away, but it allows him to connect five stories that are otherwise only related in theme, add in a longer story that nudges us toward the big revelations, and then hit us with the sort of post-human characters who can oft...more
Edward Rathke
Essentially, this is a short story collection framed by another story to make it cohesive, a novel of surprising power.

This is a world where humans have become the minority and machines rule it. There is great fear and anger carried by the humans and they hate the machines, who've become to advanced as to appear human, to act human.

The novel's narrated by a storyteller. He travels between colonies to tell stories, to share movies, as the human world is a much smaller place, sort of stuck in the...more
thegift
this made me think of another favourite read earlier this year http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/99.... I enjoyed this one more in the star trek mode of science fiction than the star wars mode of sci-fi in that book. that is to say, as a postmodern interrogation of typical sf tropes on a more intellectual plane...

good sf can examine what it is to be human through representations of the other-than human, as aliens or as androids in this case. this sort of story, here represented by the seven li...more
Miz Moffatt
The Stories of Ibis offers a sparkling, fresh stance on man vs. machine science fiction, proving that the lines between both camps are not so simple to discern. Quite enjoyed the more heady philosophical debates on the role of machines in human lives and vice versa, how both parties rely on one another for companionship, purpose, and evolution. In particular, the idea of death as discussed between the nameless Storyteller and the android Ibis is a compelling one that will linger long after the b...more
Pol
Nutshell review: Mr. Yamamoto has written an excellent collection of stories that looks forward and back at the poverty of discrimination. Using androids as a foil, the author asks us to reconsider the many ways in which we oppress based on exigencies such as skin color, gender, age, or anything else that most consider unchangeable.

Like many before him, Grant Morrison, Bill Willingham, Warren Ellis, Mr. Yamamoto believes in the power of fiction to change the world. The book is structured in the...more
Daniel Stafford
Have you ever felt like you could fall in love with a book? That is exactly what I felt like after reading The Stories of Ibis.

So far, since starting my reviews of books, I have fallen for two other books. One being White Noise and the other is Kafka on the Shore. Though as much as I enjoyed and could relate to those two, I had this preternatural feeling that Stories of Ibis was written for me and only me.

Yes, I realize that is not the case. Believe me when I say that I may be a tad absurd at ti...more
Ian
7 fantastic stories wrapped in an intriguing shell. I especially loved "Black Hole Diver" and "The Day Shion Came", both of which I think will stay with me for a very long time. There's no shortage of robo-apocalyptia fiction out there, but this one is easily one of the best and most satisfying takes on the subgenre.
Lord Nikon
Probably the finest anthology of sci-fi AI stories I've ever had the absolute pleasure of reading. Gorgeously realized, and cleverly assembled, this book actively CHANGED what I thought about humans and AI interacting. Amazing. You OWE it to yourself to read this book.
Luis
Un libro del que no esperaba nada y resultó una belleza. Esos japoneses sí le saben.
Abner Rosenweig
I picked up this book in the library, having never heard of the title or the author, and was immediately captured by its clear prose and lucid imagery. Yamamoto does a superb job of transporting the reader into a gorgeously sensual future world. There are seven stories. Some of them are somewhat childish and nearly caused me to stop reading, but I'm immensely glad I stuck with the book. At its best, Stories of Ibis contains vivid, sophisticated speculations about the future and I have never read...more
Elizabeth Reuter
Science fiction has always taken reality and set it on its ear. It rarely does this to predict the future, but instead to comment on the present. However, as science fiction as a genre comments on the same issues over and over again, each author must find a creative/entertaining way to do it.

While Stories of Ibis wasn't too original in its point--war is bad, humans are not logical about this, we're destroying ourselves--it found a great and unique story to protheletize with. Android Ibis tells s...more
Andrew
Human thoughts are digital.

Most people see things as 0 or 1, as black or white. They see nothing in between. All chemicals are dangerous. You are either friend or foe. If you aren’t left-wing, you’re right. If you aren’t conservative, you’re liberal. Everything that great man says must be true. Everyone who thinks differently from us is evil. Everyone in that country—even the babies—is evil.

We TAIs find it surprising that humans have trouble understanding Fuzzy Concepts. When we say, “Love (5 +
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H.I. Al-Muhairi
There's something about Yamamoto's stories that dampen your emotions and play with them. While reading the seven one-shot stories, it became obvious that all of the narrators had distinct voices that you couldn't help but feel fondness for. I loved all of the characters as if I knew them--it was as if they put their all into the storytelling. I still don't understand it, but whatever it is, it worked.

About the sci-fi aspect of the story, the book revolved around the interactions between a robot...more
Jaka Kun
Es la segunda vez que leo este libro. Y esta vez lo disfruté muchísimo más.

Yo no me considero un fan de la ciencia ficción, y aunque Ibis es básicamente un libro de éste género, me gusta tantísimo por otra razón: creo que es una crítica muy buena hacia la humanidad. The Day That Shion Came es mi historia favorita, desarrolla todo el fundamento de la opinión de los androides con IA sobre los humanos. En resumen: los androides saben que los humanos estamos mal, lógica y moralmente mal, pero ellos...more
Christopher
Excellent, sentimental, unrelated SF stories about near-future robotics / AI / virtual worlds, framed with a linking story that pulls them together thematically.

I especially enjoyed "The Universe on my Hands," "The Day Shion Came," and "Ai's Story," but all the stories were decent and show a good knowledge of SF as a field.

"The Universe on my Hands" is technically set in the present-day with no unrealistic element, but it's a very nice story about web-based SFnal roleplay and about SF story con...more
Andrewziegler
Set in a world where machines outnumbered humans, a lone human travels the earth collecting stories from the time before humanities down fall. On his journey another perspective on AI is revealed, explaining how the world became what it is.

The book is a collection of short stories that are used later to bring together an understanding of the AI and how it impacted the human race. Although I am still new to the genera, the stories and book had a different take on AI then I am used to seeing. Som...more
Tsunami Noai
Really, you shouldn't put too much stock into the Amazon recommendation system. You would think I'd have learned that lesson after it offered to help me buy Hunger Games and Twilight after marking down that I liked The Black Company. Even so, when The Stories of Ibis by Hiroshi Yamamoto showed up in my recommended list, a book in which an android goes around telling tales written by a Japanese author, my interest was piqued.
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Craig Todd
A collection of short stories embedded in a wrapper, much like Ray Bradbury's 'Martian Chronicles. The stories, in the beginning, are from an earlier age of Science Fiction, but quickly work their way up to modern times and do a fantastic job of coming together as a cohesive exposition of man and android. Well worth reading.
Jeridel Banks
If you like androids, dystopia, and short stories, The Stories of Ibis is the book for you. It combines Hiroshi Yamamoto's game development background with a fictional world where humans live in colonies separated from androids. Though one storyteller believes that humans and androids are enemies, he meets Ibis, an android waiting to tell him the real reason humans and androids don't co-exist in their world.

The writing style is easy to understand. It reminds me of good fanfiction. What sets it a...more
Matthew Petrucci
Not only is this book incredible, creative, and powerful, it is well written and gives a deep insight on the mind of androids and understanding of human nature. The stories tie together in such a wonderful way, it blows my mind. The craziest part is how each story seems to progressively lead towards the goal Ibis has in mind. I didn't even realize how much each story affected me until I was about halfway through Shion. Incredible. Overall, just a mustread. This book is fantastic in terms of sci-...more
Amy Peavy
This was a lovely book. Stories within a story
Frank
Really enjoyed this book. Interesting stories.
Adan
Empecé este libro esperando explosiones y pistolas láser y terminé con una profunda satisfacción al leer algo totalmente inesperado. De lo mejor que he leído.
Christine
Oct 08, 2011 Christine rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Christine by: Jolon
Ultimately, the book was enjoyable and thought provoking. However, the ending itself was fairly predictable and didn't lend much to the imagination. Out of the stories, there were only two that I disliked and had to force myself through reading them. Personally, I felt like much of the 'robot talk' from Story 7 could have been omitted, which would have made it a much more pleasant read.

Overall: Worth the read, especially if you generally read science fiction novels.
Mark
Sep 01, 2014 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mark by: Benjamin
This was a collection of seven short stories used to connect the overarching story about the rise of AI and decline of humanity as revealed by the android Ibis. The short stories were generally good, but "Black Hole Diver" was a cut above the rest. The final, and most important, short-story "AI's Story" would have rated higher, but it dragged on in the beginning. Never-the-less, the ending to this story was fantastic and tied the entire novel together. Very entertaining.
Kyle Muntz
a deeply humanistic novel, maybe too sentimental for my tastes but mostly very powerful. there are elements of the hard-sf yamamoto was working with in mm9, but much more subdued this time. yamamoto is a smart guy and seems to be deeply aware of sf as a field; also, for once, i agreed with pretty much everything that was being argued in this novel, which didn't hurt. in the end i think i liked mm9 better but this is definitely worth checking out too
Eric
In the future mankind's population will diminish and robots will inherit the planet. Call me a misanthrope, but I can't wait for that day to come. In the meantime I plan to practice Complex Fuzzy Self-Evaluation. Immediately following words that express emotions or subjective reactions, I will add a number to measure the intensity of what I'm feeling. Robots do it and I think it's a great way to communicate more effectively. I love it (5 + 10i).

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Hiroshi Yamamoto was born in 1956 in Kyoto. Began his career with game developers Group SNE in 1987 and debuted as a writer and game designer. Gained popularity with juvenile titles such as February at the Edge of Time and the Ghost Hunter series. His first hardcover science fiction release, God Never Keeps Silent became a sensation among SF fans and was nominated for the Japan SF Award. Other nov...more
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“Human thoughts are digital. Most people see things as 0 or 1, as black or white. They see nothing in between. All chemicals are dangerous. You are either friend or foe. If you aren’t left-wing, you’re right. If you aren’t conservative, you’re liberal. Everything that great man says must be true. Everyone who thinks differently from us is evil. Everyone in that country—even the babies—is evil.” 1 likes
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