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Saturn's Children by Charles Stross
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Feb 02, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: robots, science-fiction, space-saga, author-charles-stross
Read in February, 2009 , read count: 1

This book was my introduction to Charles Stross's writing, and I'll definitely look out for more of his work. Saturn's Children answers the question of what happens to humanity's children - robotic servants - when humanity no longer exists? The story focuses on Freya, a pleasure bot who's become obsolete in a world with no "Creators." She takes on a courier job for the Jeeves Corporation to carry contraband to Mars - pink goo that may contain the secret to resurrecting humanity. The plot quickly complicates with various versions of herself and her siblings - sister robots created from the same matriarch template - swapping soul chips and intrigue.

Despite the overly-complicated plot and the quick-paced ending, I enjoyed this book a lot. Stross has great ideas, a quick wit, and a cool sense of humor. Even the so-called "cheesy" ending put a smile to the my face - after all, a lonley sex robot needs to find a companion in the end - even if it is in deep, cold space.
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