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Best Robot Science Fiction
I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords!
I may have been waiting for a very long time to pull that old chestnut out. But this H.G. Wells quote that has been re-quoted and satirized in so much of our popular culture shows just how popular robot fiction it is. Our society is technology obsessed and technology possessed. It's the possessed part that has us scared, but we won't give it up or look away, and much of our literary and film looks at a future where robots and technology move in a direction that humanity isn't quite ready for, or where our new robot overlords just don't need humanity anymore.
This list of top 25 novels is an homage to the masters, like Asimov, Dick, and Harrison, whilst introducing some more contemporary robot writers, some entertaining novels for some levity, and some amazing female hard sci-fit writers. The fascinating thing about every novel on this list is seeing how they have inspired movies like The Terminator movies, The Matrix trilogy, and Robocop, and also how the more contemporary novels have been inspired by the classic writers like Asimov and put a modern interpretation on robotic themes. So, devour this list, re-read your old favorites, and try out some new authors.
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Kristine Kathryn Rusch,
Karel Ã?apek was a prolific journalist, playwright and critic. As Arthur Miller said: "There was no writer like him...prophetic assurance mixed with surrealistic humour and hard-edged social satire: a unique combination...he is a joy to read." This unique combination is not just evident in R.U.R., but also in his amazing science fiction novel, War With The Newts. Like R.U.R., this is a story about the way people exploit others, in this case a race of intelligent newts discovered on a remote Pacific island. At first the newts are enslaved by an industrialist, but eventually clashes start, and the newts begin to destroy the landmass in order to create more living room for themselves.
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Douglas Adams died ridiculously young and didn't write anywhere near as many books as we'd like. But he did have ideas for a sixth Hitchhiker book shortly before he died, and that book, And Another Thing Ã?Ã?Â¢Ã?Ã?Â¦, was written by Eoin Colfer. Okay, it's not Adams, but it's a worthy conclusion to the series.
As for Adams's own work, you really don't want to miss Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and its sequel, The Long, Dark, Tea-Time of the Soul, which Adams himself described as "a kind of ghost-horror-detective-time-travel-romantic-comedy-epic, mainly concerned with mud, music and quantum mechanics." Even if they're not as good as the Hitchhiker series, they're still head and shoulders above anything else you're likely to come across.
If you want a taste of other science fiction comedies, it's worth taking a look at The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison, about an interstellar criminal who finds himself working for an elite law enforcement agency headed by the galaxy's greatest crook. The first book is pretty good, but there were endless sequels that each get progressively worse.
And don't forget that before he turned to fantasy, Terry Pratchett wrote Strata. It features a flat planet very like the Discworld, but this is actually taking the piss out of Ringworld. And it's by Pratchett, so you know it's going to be funny.
It's worth reading this novel alongside Bacigalupi'sbiopunk stories, which are collected in Pump Six and Other Stories, which won a Locus Award for best Collection, and contains such seminal biopunk stories as "The Calorie Man", "The People of Slag and Sand" and "Yellow Card Man" which serves as a prequel to The Windup Girl.
If you're interested in biopunk, you also need to check out Ribofunk by Paul Di Filippo, a collection of stories in which he argues thatthe next revolution Ã¢ the only one that really matters Ã¢ will be in the field of biology.
Also worth checking out is Heavy Weather by Bruce Sterling, in which one of the consequences of climate change is not just the effect on our food supply, but also the effect on our weather. It's a chilling novel in which, in the very near future, the planet is lashed by storms of unprecedented ferocity.