The Robot Chronicles Paperback – July 23, 2014
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"The best place to discover new SF authors, I think, is any of the anthologies coming from Samuel Peralta"
-- Hugh Howey, NY Times bestselling author of Wool
"A powerful new voice in speculative fiction"
-- Nick Webb, USA Today bestselling author of the Legacy Fleet trilogy
About the Author
Its unique take on major science fiction and fantasy themes - A.I., time travel, dragons, robots, aliens, zombies, immortality, galactic battles, cyborgs, doomsday - has made it one of the most acclaimed anthology series of the digital era.
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 23, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 398 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1500600628
- ISBN-13 : 978-1500600624
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 1 x 8 inches
Best Sellers Rank:
#1,235,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #3,704 in Science Fiction Anthologies (Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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This book has both kinds of short stories. A few are truly quite enjoyable to read and are pleasantly thought provoking. "The Invariable Man" and "PePr, Inc." were good stories that were quite intriguing and made me think "hmmmm, that was cool" when they were over. A few others are middle-of-the-road and hard to remember; a few missed the mark entirely, and one (the one involving the snow storm) was simply a ridiculous waste of time.
"The Robot Chronicles" is not representative of the best of the breed, but it does contain works by two or three who bear watching.
Two issues further rain on this book's parade. First, the fabulously pompous introduction by the editor almost made me delete the book before reading it. Trust me, there is more to life than writing science fiction. Second, each story includes an afterword from it's respective author. Sadly, all but one or two come across as an appeal to buy more books, making this whole project seem like an advertisement (that I paid for) for mostly second rate authors.
I gave the book three stars out of respect for the two or three authors who contributed decent material; one or two stars apply to the remainder. I haven't read anything else from "The Future Chronicles" - I hope they are better than this thing.
Also, I have grown frustrated with the high prices on some ebooks, especially given that they cannot be shared or traded. Ten to fifteen dollars for a three- to four-hundred page ebook is too much. Most of the authors contributing to these collections seem to be keeping their prices under five dollars and often give better deals on some of their series books.
So keep the Chronicles coming, this is a good thing for avid readers.
Humanity - Samuel Peralta, Loved it! Truly moved me. We are human…we do what we must.
Empathy for Andrew - W. J. Davies, This one got to me, and would like to see it develop into a longer story.
Glitch - Hugh Howey, Just Awesome. Rooting for the Robot
The Invariable Man – A.J. Meek, Loved it! I could see what was coming…but had to know, had to keep reading.
Ethical Override – Nina Croft, Loved it! Disturbing.
PePr, Inc – Ann Christy, Great story… I believe a lot of women may have felt this way, one time or another.
Adopted - Endi Webb, Thrilling and terrifying. I look forward to reading more from this author.
The Caretaker – Jason Gurley, a re-read for me, a wonderful story.
Ethical Override started with great appeal. Great ending.
I Dream of Pia. Loved this story. A simple idea told superbly. Another ending I loved.
Imperfect was a cut scene from a series. Good writing, but it was a little too narrative for me.
The Caretaker. Loved this too. Ending reminded me of a movie starring Noomi Rapace, not that this story and the movie are similar. Enjoyed the relationship between Alice and the computer. Very good ending.
Adopted had a neat twist. Enjoyable.
Shimmer was interesting. I was a little confused about the ending at first. Not the author's fault.
A couple of stories had practically no dialogue for several pages. Although the writing was skilful and the concepts interesting, I think some kind of exchange between two people or a person and machine livens up the story.
Overall, a wonderful collection of stories.
Top reviews from other countries
It has also prompted me to buy from more than half of the authors.
Worth every penny!