Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk's Reviews > Saturn's Children

Saturn's Children by Charles Stross
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Jun 18, 11

bookshelves: fiction, science-fiction
Read from June 09 to 18, 2011

Now here's an interesting one... it could almost be "The Ipcress File" in future times... it's certainly better written and even (dare I say it) not as fantastical and over-the-top. In a nutshell (without giving too much away because I hate reviews that stop you reading the real thing) the story is set in a future without humans - only their creatively-thinking, intelligent robotic offspring exist.The problem is that robots are created as servants to mankind and no-one ever thought of "freeing" them before the last man died... oops... and within that scenario the story starts. Our heroine is a sex-robot (which gives rise to some amusing incidents) pulled into (I almost said "sucked" but then Stross's use of that imagery - and all other sorts of sexual bombshells - set off Puritanical alarm bells) a system-wide adventure that does, at times make the old grey cells work overtime. Good story, entertaining, good read.
And, by the way, all you non-readers of Science Fiction, the book gives one the chance to have surrogate experiences that Booker Prize winners never give you! Surrogate existence rules OK!

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