Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto: An Idiosyncratic Lit List

June 27, 2014 Idiosyncratic Lit List 12

Konnichiwa Bookworms,

The other day Hubs and I were driving somewhere when everyone’s favorite Styx song came on the radio. I share this because it’s important, and I don’t want to be the only one with the song stuck in my head. Behold:

Now that we all have robots on the brain, let’s talk about some of the coolest artificial intelligence in literature, shall we?


1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer: Everybody’s favorite cyborg Cinderella story! It’s pretty awesome that catastrophic injuries can be overcome with scientific enhancements, but there are downsides to being a cyborg. You’re treated a lot more like a computer than a person, which suuuucks. Luckily, it’s a fairy tale, and good things can still happen to underdog cyborgs. (review)

2. The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke: Sometimes young girls are mentored by androids they accidentally fall in love with. Stranger things have happened, right? To be fair, Finn isn’t just any android. He’s one of a kind and he’s got feelings. Interesting to think about just what makes a human human. (review)

3. Solomon the Peacemaker by Hunter Welles: The world’s problems can be solved… As long as a human is attached by the brain to a super computer. Peace comes at a pretty high cost if you’re the one who’s drawn to be attached to the machine. (review)

Got any more sweet robot stories for me, Bookworms? Sound off!

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12 Responses to “Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto: An Idiosyncratic Lit List”

  1. Megan M.

    Ha! My stepdad is a huge Styx fan. He told me that when he was a junior in high school he was on the committee that planned the senior prom and they made the theme “Come Sail Away” and they got a real boat and sand to decorate their gym and their only requirement for hiring the band was that they could play “Come Sail Away” by Styx. It sounds awesome, I have to say.

  2. Jenny @ Reading the End

    I can’t vouch for it personally, but I hear excellent things about Ekaterina Sedia’s book about robots, The Alchemy of Stone. So that could go on the list! Oh, and also, Ramez Naam’s book Nexus and particularly the following book, Crux — lots of interesting stuff there about not exactly artificial intelligence, but a number of things closely related to artificial intelligence.

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