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The Stories of Ibis

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  451 ratings  ·  55 reviews
In a world where humans are 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. The story takes place centuries in the future, where the diminished populations of humans live uncultured lives in th ...more
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
the gift
this made me think of another favourite read earlier this year 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
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
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
Un libro del que no esperaba nada y resultó una belleza. Esos japoneses sí le saben.
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
Hoàng Nguyễn
Jul 12, 2015 Hoàng Nguyễn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: To all people who love humanity
Recommended to Hoàng by: Đại tá Cá Vàng
"Loài người không thể chịu đựng lẫn nhau.

Đối với AI mà nói, khác biệt cá nhân đơn giản là điều tự nhiên. [...] Có những AI có thể 'tư duy nhanh' và có những AI không thể. Khi nói chuyện với nhau, chúng tôi chỉ đơn giản chỉnh lại tốc độ sao cho phù nhau với nhau. Và dĩ nhiên là chúng tôi có những kiểu suy nghĩ khác nhau - cái mà loài người vẫn hay gọi là sở thích và tính cách. [...] Chúng tôi chấp nhận sự khác biệt của nhau. Chúng chỉ là sự khác biệt, không hơn không kém. Nhưng loài người lại kh
I really enjoyed the pace of this book, an interaction with a young boy and a supposedly "evil" though seemingly benign android. Interspersed with the fictional stories she tells him the story jumps back yo their conversation between each story keeping it very engaging and the variety of stories gives such a wide overview of AI and androids, it all ties together nicely as a great book.

At first I was worried thus would have that misogynistic bent that japanese culture gas, but the author uses fem
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.
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
The human population of earth is comprised of small colonies of survivors in the aftermath of a machine uprising. An elegant machine captures a machine-hating traveling human storyteller and through telling her own series of tales, reveals the true history of their shared world. So that's the basic premise. A fictional story is followed by an intermission of the two characters interacting after each one. The stories told are pretty delightful examinations of virtual worlds, human/robot relations ...more
Angélique (MapleBooks)
The Stories of Ibis is a stunning collection of sci-fi short stories by Japanese author Hiroshi Yamamoto. In a near future, the remnant of humankind fights a well-flourished machine civilization for survival. The book starts as a storyteller faces an android, hurts himself in the struggle and surrenders. After transporting him to her own city, the woman-looking robot introduces herself as Ibis and offers a deal: while his ankle heals, she will tell him fiction stories. Since the convalescent is ...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
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 +
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
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
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
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
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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All in all, I'd say Stories
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
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
Really enjoyed this book. Interesting stories.
Las mejores historias sobre robots que he leído en mucho tiempo, definitivamente buscaré más libros de este autor.
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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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