Last week I did a new thing and listed out my favourite Bastard Assassins and decided I am going to try to keep the Lists of my Loves going, so here we are again with Robots and Artificial intelligence.
Robots she says. I am instantly alert and on the move, head down, arms pumping as I bolt to the nearest bookstore. Grabbing that baby off the shelf and slamming it on the checkout desk I give a yell of triumph. The worker cuts off my gleeful shout asking Card or Cash, I pay and thank them for dealing with my batshit behaviour. Running home with a smile, ready to start reading.
You could say I get excited when ever Robots are mentioned… I don’t think I’ve ever read a robot I disliked? They are all super intelligent, sentient beings and I need more? Especially AI with feelings, AH My heart. Everything’s better with Robots, I mean imagine Hamlet but with Robots?! So good.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I know, I know. No one is surprised by this pick but C’mon AIDEN is the best evil robot in all of time and I love him to bits. So sneaky, so cold, so loving, so evil without meaning to be evil. Just a Ruthless sass machine really, dealing with strange new human feelings is hard okay! Cut the bot some slack.
All The Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
THIS BOOK, if you like weird this is the book for you. Ultimate Sci fi in my mind. Witches, talking trees and animals, super computers, robots with feelings and Artificial intelligence. The AI in this the ultimate match maker willing to destroy the world for love. When science threatens to destroy the earth who better to fix it then a witch?
The Just City by Jo Walton
This book, this book is wonderfully weird and just wowed me with the writing and themes. Some Greek Gods (Athene and Apollo) decided it would be cool to put Plato’s theory to test, creating a school based off his book The Republic they snatched 10 year olds up and taught them all the things they need to know to become great Philosophers, the greatest minds. Realising they need someone to do the more menial tasks Athene creates Robots for the city. The Robots are of course treated like slaves and only tasked with menial jobs so shit is going to go down when they get sick of how there being treated.
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
Giant Alien robot parts being left around the world, dodgy Government officials, Hilarious crew and distinct voices, told in a series of interviews and logs, scientists and mind fuckary. The absolute best Audiobook I have listened to. Please go read it it’s so good and, well, giant robot! C’mon.
Cinder by Marrisa Meyer
Iko is my favourite.. just look: “I’m sure I’ll feel much more grateful when I find a guy who thinks complex wiring in a girl is a turn-on.”
She’s hilarious, helps Cinder and the gang out of so much trouble, has so many issues and does whats best for the others before herself, is probably the only AI I’ve read that isn’t bat shit crazy and really should be the star of this entire series.
A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
OMG This book! Just wow wow wow wow wow that’s wow with an emphasis on the OW part because MY HEART AH. I adored this book, truly loved every single one of the crew members and their journeys. I have a big love for AI especially ship AI’s that just want to have the same rights as everyone else. Lovey is the Wayfarers AI and she is all things amazing, a true part of the crew that adds such a sweetness to the story. I can not wait to read A Closed and Common Orbit!
So that is a list of my favourite Artificial intelligence and robot characters!
What books have you read that feature AI & Robots seriously hit me with all the recommendations. Have you read any of these? Who’s your fave Robot of them all?