Eating Robots: And Other Stories
Sometimes funny, often uns ...more
The type of scared I was, was the type when you know that ...more
Robot-driven redundancies, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, rogue algorithms, fake news, driverless cars, the insatiable demands on our already-depleted planet… Stephen Oram’s new collection of short stories captures our waking nightmares.
The stories are brief, some less than a page — perfect bite-size anxieties. Their immediacy makes them compelling, as though they were ripped from tomorrow’s headlines.
“The Downward Spiral of the Disenfranchised Consumer” takes the proposal of a universal basic i...more
These were powerful stories that stay with you long after you close the book. The fascinatingly eerie takes on the near future were well-crafted to gi ...more
Eating Robots is a collection of 30 short stories, offering bite-sized future visions based on technological advances, while holding up a mirror to our current social tendencies.
Most often I find compilations of short stories a bit hit and miss: there are powerful pieces, but hidden among weaker ones. As such I end up stalling, and taking much longer than usual to complete a book. Eating Robots is not like that at all. It is a strong collection with no weak li ...more
The blurb mentions, “health-monitoring mirrors, tele-empathic romances and limb-repossessing bailiffs, Eating Robots explores the collision of utopian dreams and twisted realities.” The stories are definitely twisted, surprising and sati ...more
Keep book available
Savour each story
Insure contemplation time between readings.
Beware of side-effects;
Thoughts provoked causing unexpected bouts of daydreaming was standing in queues.
Shift in perspective when encountering day-to-day experiences.
Urge to read entire book in one go, see above the administration instructions.
Not a string of pearls as each story is so different. A garland of gems. Oram is perfecting the art of the micro story and characte ...more
Review by: Fatima Ahmed Alsuwaidi
In a futuristic world where science and technology and humans are entwined beyond separation. The future is dark and mentally disturbing I have to admit some endings made me get out of my seat and shut the laptop so I can fully digest what happened.
Stephen Oram gives us thirty short stories about living algorithms, robots, non-eating humans and artificial parts. Some funny, some incredibly dark and some wit ...more
While the total count is 30 stories spanning 125 pages, the fact is that there are only a few ‘stories’. Others are ‘situations’ of a future world. These so called stories are just about a few page in which Stephen introduces a futuristic real-world very-believable situation to you. You then pause, close the book and thin ...more
Some of the stories are funny - in a darkly humorous sense - while others are designed as cautionary tales, warning the unwary of the t ...more
Each story has been written with care and so much so that it is reflected in the stories themselves. All the stories as a collection is amazing, though when judging individually, I must say that I liked some stories more than the others. Sacred Waters, Logical Love and A Rude Awakening are my favourites. The title story, Eating Robots is a story that I am on the fence about.
The stories feel a ...more
I have to confess to reading these stories almost at one sitting. That’s not really the way to do it. Short stories are economical. We should read each one in isolation and l ...more
Showing a remarkable brevity, none of these stories outstays its welcome but many will stay with you for a long time after you've finished reading them.
Like sharp slivers under your fingernails these stories definitely hit a nerve. Stephen Oram has a talent for identifying seemingly small details that could easily make the f ...more
This book made me question and wonder in equal measures on how this world could develop within even my li ...more
I have read Fluence by the author and loved it to the core. Hence it was not a surprise when I decided to read his next work. Though I am not exactly a sci-fi fan his writing does make you think a lot. If you notice I have not attached the word fiction to the genre tag as these stories (30 in number) are not entirely stories or a work of fiction. Some of them are probabilities of the future.
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This is a collection of 30 short science fiction stories. A lot of different stories that were interesting but a few I thought were too short. I did love this collection though.
I would have liked some to be longer than a few pages as as soon as you got into the story it cuts of sharply. A lot were fantastic though so this is worth picking up for those quick reads. The writing style was great and the stories flowed well so I would be happy to read more from this author.
I did receive this free fo ...more
I’ll start with full disclosure - while I enjoy short stories, short-short stories usually do nothing for me. Making connections with the characters and story is quite difficult for me when there are only a couple of pages to read. If you enjoy ultra-short stories, then you might have a di ...more
A selection of short stories concerning technology.
Each story is quite short, never more than 6 or so pages at most.
There is also notes at the end from scientists responding to some of the stories.
I enjoyed the fact the stories offer a brief glimpse into the worlds although that can be a little frustrating.
Worth a read.
Many of the stories were reminiscent of the TV show Black Mirror; weird and futuristic. Overall Eating Robots didn’t provide meaty enough stories for me to engage fully, but fun and thought provoking nonetheless, I’d ...more
Second half is much better than the first. There's a good diversity of stories in terms of themes/positivity/negativity, but way too many of the stories were just meh. I'd say it's still worth the read, since sci-fi short stories aren't really in high supply.
There's not one or two words I can think of that would describe these stories. I'd read one and think that it was interesting and then the next one would leave me with my mouth hanging open. Some of these stories will really make you think. For example, exactly how far is too far when it comes to technology?
Although I found some of the stories to be entertaining fiction, most o ...more
I've been a hippie-punk, a religious-squatter and a bureaucrat-anarchist; I thrive on contradictions and am a great believer in being slightly askew from the crowd. There's all sorts of ways of doing that - by being on the fringes of society, by travelli ...more