Sue Sue's Comments

Sue's comments from the SciFi and Fantasy Book Club group.

Note: Sue is no longer a member of this group.

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robot stories (40 new)
Jan 07, 2009 06:39AM

1865 It's not much more than a vcr as far as functionality goes and I suspect your grandmother would think the same thing about it that I do: it's faster, quieter, and cheaper just to sweep the floor. It doesn't work particularly well on carpets so even compared to a regular vacuum cleaner it falls short. It does make it easier to get under the couch and chairs though. I'll give it that.
robot stories (40 new)
Jan 07, 2009 05:22AM

1865 Jed,

The Rudy Rucker book sounds like a really good book. He seems to stay on top of tech and it's effect on our culture, doesn't he?

I actually have a robot myself. It falls far short of the stereotypical science fiction robot, but it is considered a robot (roomba vacuum cleaner).


robot stories (40 new)
Jan 06, 2009 05:40AM

1865 Jim wrote: "You're more than welcome, Sue. You've got a huge job ahead of you. I hope they give you lots of room to write!"

Yes, this is going to be a major project. I'll probably end up doing a number of articles on the subject depending on what I discover.
robot stories (40 new)
Jan 06, 2009 05:39AM

1865 "In older sci fi the robot could be the center of the story. today the robot is window dressing just part of the background.
robots in the real world are not asimovian but we have them all around us the are evein in toys we give our kids. (not news any more)

What are peoples favorite robot. I personal love marvin in hitch hikers guide"

Yes, that's what I was thinking. Robots are not central to the story any more, just kind of accepted as being in the future.

I love Marvin as well and planned on mentioning him just as a side note on how silly it is to humanize robots.

robot stories (40 new)
Jan 05, 2009 10:27AM

1865 Thanks for all the links Jim.
robot stories (40 new)
Jan 05, 2009 05:29AM

1865 Thanks for all the lists here. I personally define robots as ambulatory computers. If they have synthetic skin and look human, they are still robots if they're computer-controlled. I hadn't really thought of cyborgs/androids, but they could defintely be included as long as they are not using a human brain. I think technically cyborgs would be using a human brain, but androids, like data, I think use a computer brain. Then of course you have to define computer. If a computer uses organic components and neural networks derived from human tissue would it be considered human?

These are things that I will probably be thinking about in my piece. The thing I've been wondering is, have sf writers stopped writing about robots lately? Maybe they don't write about robots much anymore because they are writing about androids now. What do you all think?
robot stories (40 new)
Jan 04, 2009 07:44AM

1865 Thanks, Sandi!
robot stories (40 new)
Jan 04, 2009 07:25AM

1865 BunWat wrote: "Tanith Lee's The Silver Metal Lover

If you can include movies, Metropolis.


Thanks, BunWat. I hate not including Metropolis. I'll probably just mention it as I apologize for not including movies.

Thanks, also Paul. Of course I have to mention RUR.

robot stories (40 new)
Jan 04, 2009 05:46AM

1865 I've been asked to write a piece on the most important robot stories written. Apart from Asimov's work what do you all think the most important robot stories are? By important, I think we mean work that has brought us new ideas, influenced other writers, or become part of mainstream literature. I'm thinking of books and stories here, not movies.

I appreciate any input.
Jan 02, 2009 06:37AM

1865 Excellent question Stephen. By its nature, I think science fiction is sort of forced to deal with deeper questions. It usually starts with a "what if" premise. And it easily serves as a platform for the writers. Of course, the huge part of science fiction known as space opera isn't much different than the fantasy than you are thinking of. Thrilling stories, fantastic settings, us vs. them themes. Not deep.

I will say this, fantasy does deal with larger issues, but it is not always easy to spot them. I don't think you can get much bigger (or more subversive) than taking issue with the Judeo/Christian culture of our western world such as what Mists of Avalon did. You could easily see that book as a nice little witch/warlock/magic story. It isn't a nice little fantasy story though.

Speaking of witches, think of Wicked, another story that takes a look at our western mythology (The Wizard of Oz in this case) and asks what about the other side of the story? Is this another cute story about magic etc.? I don't think so.

The politics are much more obvious in Wicked than in Mists of Avalon, but it makes me wonder how much fantasy is out there that is tackling larger issues, but is viewed as little more than nice children's stories.

Like Gulliver's Travels.

1865 Laurel wrote: "My family has a tradition, that everyone must have some type of hand craft; woodworkiing, knitting, carving, crochet..."

What a great tradition. As life becomes more and more virtual, I wonder if people will turn more to this type of thing, just to make sure they don't lose touch with reality.
Crosswords (8 new)
Dec 31, 2008 06:07AM

1865 Sudoku is incredibly easy. You don't need any knowledge beforehand like in crosswords. You use logic only. It is very addictive.
1865 Esther wrote: "
I did turn into a total party animal, though. And when I got bored with that I began to embroider! "

Now that's an odd path, eh.

1865 Thanks for the info on the turnoff week. I knew there was something. Re: the Kindle, There's so many people wanting one, I doubt they'll wait very long to start issuing them again.

1865 Ed wrote: "I need to turn the tv off and I think then my reading will increase. I hope to pick a week in January to turn the tube off. :) Let me know if anyone is interested in picking a particular week in..."

Doesn't Adbusters organize an international day for this, or week or month I think.

I never watch tv, can't get it here, don't want to pay for satellite. I do have netflix, though. Usually I watch one movie a night. As for books, it depends on the subject matter. Heavy philosophy or other non-fiction usually takes a while and I can't read for too long. I usually switch to a reg'lar ol' sf book once my eyes start to glaze. I average a book a week. If something's particularly arresting and I'm on vacation, though, I'll get through it in a day.
Dec 03, 2008 11:04AM

1865 Actually, I just remembered I'm also reading Stephen Baxter's Evolution. Peter over at Yahoo's hard sf group demanded I read this, so I am. This one is infintely more enjoyable. Fluffy almost in comparison to Plate, but it really isn't.

If you like science in your science fiction, you might go for this one.
Dec 03, 2008 05:05AM

1865 Not sure why, but I'm reading Plato's Dialogues. I think this might last me the entire month and on into 2009. See you next year.

Dec 02, 2008 05:10AM

1865 "Excellent: any site co-branded by LeGuin and McIntyre is worth bookmarking. Thanks much."

Yeah, Vonda has been an incredible contributor to this effort. Not just in her writing, but in the technical side of the website. She's an amazing person.
Nov 23, 2008 05:48AM

1865 I don't know how many of you like to read on line, but if you do, you might want to check out This site offers up free online fiction, most of it science fiction and fantasy. Some horror, mystery, and romance as well. Ursula K. Le Guinn and Vonda McIntyre are two of the 20 authors who put the site together to take advantage of a new publishing model.

One of the reasons I haven't been as active here at goodreads as I would have liked is because I have been very busy with the site. It launched a week ago and since my function with the group is press coordination, I've been a bit preoccupied. The site has gotten a lot of interest in the sf community so the emails have been really flying. My own novel, The Textile Planet, has been serialized for the site with episodes served from Sunday noon to Monday noon. The first episode goes up today (Nov. 23).

I do hope some of you can stop by and see what you think. Don't hesitate to give feedback as we're still working out some of the navigation kinks.

Nov 06, 2008 05:42AM

1865 I listening to podcasts this month. It's something new for me and I'm not sure I like it. We'll see how it goes.

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