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[Review] Cory Doctorow's i, robot - Elf M. Sternberg
[Review] Cory Doctorow's i, robot
Cory Doctorow clearly has his own intellectual mill where all sorts of wonderful things wind up on the loading docks. A response to Bradbury's objection to Michael Moore's appropriation of "Farenheit...", a little Orwell, a bit more Asimov, and a lot of courage, Doctorow assaults the underpinnings of Asimov's universe and shows us what was wrong with the Three Laws from the very beginning.

What's most remarkable about this short story is the way he captures, quite successfully, his idea in a very personalized story about a father trying to protect his daughter from the Big Bad World, without his really understanding either the world or his kid. And when he does come to understand, it's with a touch of sadness, a sense of loss, an awareness that she's going to grow up more than he can even want to understand. As someone who likes writing very personal stories that just happen to be set on starships, I found that very endearing.

What I also found interesting is that Cory's story shows the ongoing convergence of transhumanist vocabulary; "instance" is more popular than the technical "dividual", and the essentials of a subtle robomorality as opposed to the blunt thought axes of Asimov's era, are now getting airplay in popular media.

A well-written story with elements that only now are becoming popularly widespread, i, robot deserves to be read.

Current Mood: thoughtful thoughtful
Current Music: Mitsumune Shinkishi, Battle of the Roses

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