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The Stories of Ibis by Hiroshi Yamamoto
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Sep 04, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, sf-2010
Read in January, 2010

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 construction itself. The complete story is online here:

Several of the other stories address issues very like those in Ted Chiang's _The Lifecycle of Software Objects_. Chiang's AIs are cuter, but Yamamoto's are wiser, smarter, and much more interesting. "The Day Shion Came" and "Ai's Story" are two of the best stories I've read this year.

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