Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Eating Robots

Title: Eating Robots (& Other Stories)

Author: Stephen Oram

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: 5 out of 5 fairies

Where to buy: Amazon (auto detect country)

Synopsis: The future is bright…or is it?
Step into a high-tech vision of the future with the author of Quantum Confessions and Fluence, Stephen Oram.
Featuring health-monitoring mirrors, tele-empathic romances and limb-repossessing bailiffs, Eating
Robots explores the collision of utopian dreams and twisted realities in a world where humanity and technology are becoming ever more intertwined.
Sometimes funny, often unsettling, and always with a word of warning, these thirty sci-fi shorts will stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page.

About the Author: Stephen Oram writes thought provoking stories that mix science fiction with social comment, mainly in a recognisable near-future. He is the Author in Residence at Virtual Futures', once described as the 'Glastonbury of cyberculture'. He has collaborated with scientists and future-tech people to write short stories that create debate about potential futures, most recently with the Human Brain Project and Bristol Robotics Laboratory as part of the Bristol Literature Festival. 
As a teenager he was heavily influenced by the ethos of punk. In his early twenties he embraced the squatter scene and was part of a religious cult, briefly. He did some computer stuff in what became London's silicon roundabout and is now a civil servant with a gentle attraction to anarchism.
He has two published novels - Quantum Confessions and Fluence - and several shorter pieces.
Find him on his website.

Review:  An amazing collection of short stories, 'Eating Robots' is both intriguing and spine-chilling. Progress and new technology is always touted as good for us, but looking closer, just how good is it? How much of ourselves are we willing to give up in the name of progress? How much control over our lives are we willing to give to another, to an artificial intelligence? How safe is it really, despite what those creating and selling the technology say? A must read, but perhaps out of sight of you your smart phone...