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Book Title: Robogenesis|
The author of the book: Daniel H. Wilson
Edition: Simon & Schuster UK
Date of issue: June 5th 2014
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”In its last days, the thinking machine known as Archos R-14 was trying to know humanity. It mastered the art of capturing the human mind. When it died, it left behind the tools. I found stories trapped in patterns of neurons. Using scavenged hardware, I took three accounts straight from three minds and I lined them up from beginning to end and back again. Three times to tell it. Three times to understand.
They say history is written by the victors, but this right here is told by its victims.
My name is Arayt Shah, and this is the story of how I won the True War.”
In Robopocalypse Archos R-14, an artificial intelligence, takes control of the robots and other machines that have made human life easier. Humanity, is on the run, being hunted by superior killing machines, and in the initial days the herd is thinned considerably. A robust band of remaining fighters continue to learn and figure out how to turn the technology against the uprising machines.
I must in all fairness issue a word of warning to any artificial intelligence considering taking over this world and I would issue the same warning to any alien intelligence considering the same move; we are a nasty, scrappy bunch and we haven’t been sitting on the top of the food chain on this planet for thousands of years because we are benevolent beings. You will most assuredly catch us with our asses flapping in the wind, totally unprepared for whatever mayhem you wish to inflict upon us, but we will in the end be sitting in the wreckage of our world sipping the wine of triumph from your skull or dripping some fine vintage into the smoking ruin of your hard drive.
We’ve been going beyond the reach of the firelight for a long, long time sometimes with just a rock in our hands.
Most of us, don’t look like him anymore, but buried in our lizard brain he is sitting around waiting to be unleashed.
Ok, so, I’ve probably made sure I’m not going to be one of the triumphal survivors at the end of the next apocalypse. I’m hoping that my keyboard doesn’t send 10,000 volts through me before I can finish this review. I do like finishing what I start. Needless to say I would not be doing so much chest pounding if Daniel H. Wilson had not figured out how to beat the machines. We win! Archos R-14 is destroyed and now the humans are returning to the shattered, tattered remains of our grand cities.
The only problem is that we hate to lose data. Most of us have numerous ways of backing up important data. As it turns out Archos R-14 was not any different. The entity spread pieces of itself all over the world and one of those copies is Arayt Shah.
"I decimated the human race, regrettably. But I did so with one purpose: to forge a hybrid fighting force capable of surviving the True War—a war that has been initiated and is being fought by superintelligent machines. Instead of simply discarding your species, as the others would, I have transformed your kind into a powerful ally."
Mathilda Perez is one of those that have been transformed into something more, something beyond human, something that proves very dangerous to Arayt Shah’s plans for domination.
”Back home at the Underground, our friend Dawn used to call it my “ocular prosthesis.” It’s made of dead black, lightweight metal. The thing wraps over where my eyes used to be before a Rob surgical unit dug them out and ported this piece of foreign machinery directly to my occipital cortex. I remember Mommy’s hand on my shoulders, pulling me out of the autodoc before it could finish. The hurt sound in her throat when saw what Rob had done to my baby face.”
There is also Lark Iron Cloud one of the heroes from the war who paid the ultimate price for his service, but does not receive the peaceful rest that death should bring. He’s been taken over by a parasite, a bug that did not need his body, but needed his brain.
”I remember the wind-sucking pain of that motherfucker when it first hit me and dug into living flesh. My frantic little dancing out there on the battlefield, along with so many others.
With the pincered fingers of both hands, I grasp either side of my split foot. Motors hum and bones snap as I crudely rip the sides of my boot-encased foot apart. I toss the chunks of flesh and leather splashing into the lake. Where my foot was, only the glistening black bones of the parasite remain.
I feel nothing.
My foot is gone. One second. Two. Then the reality of it hits me like suffocation. In surges. Some deeply human part of my brain is gaping, screaming at this horrible violation of my body. My foot was. And now it is not.”
There is also Cormac Wallace who has survived through sometimes dumb luck and sometimes through the kindness of strange machinery. He is still mourning the loss of his dynamic brother and trying desperately to keep his girlfriend alive long enough for her to have the baby that he feels will be the bridge to the future.
”I’m about to take a shrapnel spray to the face.
The knowledge doesn’t stop me from screaming. This acne-scarred kid, a hell of a war-fighter named Lark Iron Cloud, used to say that if you don’t die screaming in this war, then you’re fuckin’ doing it wrong.
At least I’m fucking doing it right.”
There are all kinds of variables that have been let loose on the war. Creatures that are weaponized in creative and terrifying ways. Until they make a move you really don’t know what is coming at you.
”The monster is made of razored sheaths of ashen metal, coiled and layered and glistening like a millipede. The sheaths flare into a hood on its head. A cluster of small holes are embedded where a face would be. I feel a tingling on my skin as they sweep over me. On its hind legs the machine stands seven feet tall, swaying, writhing in place.”
The war is over, but the new phase is only beginning. Humanity, understandably, is suspicious of anything not completely organic. Modified humans that were so important in victory are now being hunted by the very people they saved. Tribal units are formed and anyone not a part of your clan is someone who probably needs eliminated. Arayt Shah is there to take advantage of the temporary respite, the world is weary of war, and willing to ignore the signs of a new resurgence. A jumble of old Robots, new Robots, modified humans, humans, and artificial intelligence all form uncertain alliances to fight on one side or the other. Winning has never felt so much like losing.
Daniel H. Wilson
Daniel H. Wilson has a PHD in Robotics from a fancy school called Carnegie Mellon University. Not bad for an Okie from Muskogee (well not really he is from Tulsa). His brain conceives the most terrifying and amazing things out of plastic, metal and computer chips. What makes him even more impressive is that he can convey that knowledge into a pair of books that kept me riveted to the pages. He understands pacing and suspense. Science meets literature and they have conceived twins called Robopocalypse and Robogenesis. Wilson does a great job summarizing the first book at the beginning of this book so Robogenesis can technically stand alone, but I would highly recommend starting with the first book. Why just ride one roller coaster when you can ride two?
Steven Spielberg has optioned the rights to the first book, but for some reason the filming keeps being delayed. :-(
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Read information about the authorA Cherokee citizen, Daniel H. Wilson grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He earned a Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
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