Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Six of the most memorable robots in literature

At The Barnes & Noble Book Blog Becky Ferreira tagged the six most memorable robots in literature, including:
Neuromancer/Wintermute (Neuromancer, by William Gibson)

Trust William Gibson to come up with the weirdest robots you could ever expect to meet in the literary mainframe. This novel is a seminal work of the “cyberpunk” genre, and it is breathtaking in both its prophetic accuracy and its relentless cheesiness (we mean that in a good way—viva the 80s!). In Gibson’s dystopian future, Wintermute and Neuromancer are twin super-computers, physically separated due to Turing laws prohibiting massive A.I. systems. The whole story teeters around getting these two together, and it’s an adventure you won’t be sorry you tagged along for.
Read about another entry on the list.

Neuromancer made Joel Cunningham's top five list of books that predicted the internet, Sean Beaudoin's list of ten books that changed his life before he could drive, Chris Kluwe's list of six favorite books, Inglis-Arkell's list of ten of the best bars in science fiction, PopCrunch's list of the sixteen best dystopian books of all time and Annalee Newitz's lists of ten great American dystopias and thirteen books that will change the way you look at robots.

--Marshal Zeringue