Smith’s Helpfully Yours Blends Humor and Culture Clash By N.T. Narbutovskih Different cultures hold different values. The laws and customs of a foreign land can feel downright alien. Smith presents this theme with both humor and biting wit, her plot and prose both presenting hilarious circumstances and commenting on our
When the people of Budapest start to disappear mysteriously, it can only mean one thing: monsters. Half convinced the reports are nothing more than superstition, fledgling monster hunters Reave Crackendash and Nels Hellsinger arrive to investigate…and sample the local delights. The siblings, however, discover a conspiracy that will test their commitment to the case, their profession, and each other, not to mention the limits of their magic.
Kuttner’s Ego Machine Takes a Playful Look at AI and the Human Brain By N.T. Narbutovskih This is, above all else, an entertaining story. It centers around Nicholas Martin, a hapless play-write and producer who appears at the end of his professional and personal rope. His attitude towards his employer,
For untold ages, the refugees from the land of Deschemb have lived secretly beneath the surface of human society. Now modern civilization crumbles as their ancient feud boils to the surface. As chaos and brutality engulf the world, strange alien forces reshape the lands for a new beginning…for whoever survives.
DeFord’s The Eel Mixes Globalization, Crime, and Punishment By N.T. Narbutovskih This story happens after all the action (well, most of it), but deFord nonetheless sets up an astounding series of twists and turns in logic and argument that would make Socrates proud. She builds the suspense step by step,
At a moon colony where Mars Orbiters are manufactured, a damaged android is saved from the recycle shredder by an introverted teenager with vague ambitions of ion boarding on Mars. Against Trent Wagner’s own substantial logic, he accepts the challenge from the older kids to fix the bot and enter it into the Foot Race, a three mile competition across the lunar surface. Things get interesting as the bot displays behaviors and images of a past human life.
Wolf Sets Standard for AI, Culture in Robots of the World, Arise! By N.T. Narbutovskih The term “droid” has a special place in the heart of everyone who has a passing familiarity with science fiction. Mari Wolf coins the term in this quirky tale about robots, consciousness, and humanity. Wolf’s
Phillip K. Dick’s Mr. Spaceship Turns AI On Its Head By N.T. Narbutovskih Any sacrifice for the greater good is acceptable. War doesn’t wait on the needs of the individual. These themes are present in today’s tense international environment just as they were when Dick wrote this packed tale. From