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vN: The First Machine Dynasty

de Madeline Ashby

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"Amy Peterson is a von Neumann machine--a self-replicating humanoid robot. For the past five years, she has been grown slowly as part of a mixed organic/synthetic family. She knows very little about her android mother's past, so when her grandmother arrives and attacks them, Amy wastes no time: she eats her alive. Now she's on the run, carrying her malfunctioning granny as a partition on her memory drive. She's growing quickly, and learning too. Like the fact that in her, and her alone, the failsafe that stops all robots from harming humans has stopped working. Which means that everyone wants a piece of her, some to use her as a weapon, others to destroy her"--Publisher's description.… (més)
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What happens when Robots evolve ?

A fresh and very original take on self aware androids, with hints of Dick's Do Androids Dream Electric Sheep and Asimov's 3 Laws of Robotics. A deep, dark yet rich and optimistic jaunt into the future of AI as evolution. ( )
  Aetherson | Apr 26, 2021 |
Robots who eat robot food* and raise their robot offspring with human spouses. Don't worry, they have a failsafe so they will ALWAYS help humans and nothing will ever go wrong nosirree. Don't you tell them their feelings aren't real.

I am still only about 1/3 of the way through, and I realized that I am only reading it on my phone because I don't want to be done.

* For a loose definition of "food"...

UPDATE: Finished finally despite best efforts. Fortunately I think there's a follow-up. Seriously one of the most inventive stories I've read in a long time. ( )
  tatere | Dec 30, 2020 |
I was looking forward to reading a new scifi book and vN by Madeline Ashby sounded like a good one. I read a few reviews of it (io9, the Guardian and maybe somewhere else) and looked forward to seeing what a new generation had up its sleeve. Most of the stuff I read when I was younger was written in the 50s through the early 80s.

I liked vN and strove to finish it, but I felt the book was a bit too obvious with its message. A little preachy, if you will. Scifi is a great tool for talking about contemporary social concerns while framing it in something more easily digestible. You don't have to bang the reader over the head, but I thought that the situation with Amy, her family, Javier and Junior was just too obvious and in my face. She had a great story and maybe it could have been edited down a little more to distill it.

I'd recommend this and I'll keep my eyes open for more by this new author. ( )
  drew_asson | Dec 3, 2020 |
First I want to say that I hate the cover of this book. It's terrible and I wish it was better because the book is better.

I really enjoyed the universe in this book. Robots are awesome in general, and I especially like reading about AI interacting with humans. The whole deal with the failsafe and free will was really fascinating. This is one of those books where I might forget what happened in the story but I'll be thinking about the universe it happened in for a long time. What does it mean to be fond of something if your fondness is built-in? What does it mean to be "built-in" if you're a robot anyway? Isn't everything built-in? If you can believe that robot feelings are real and true, then how come the failsafe feelings aren't? Are Amy and Charlotte and Portia more real? Does more real have to mean more human? Are Javier's failsafe fondness and Amy's non-failsafe fondness different in any meaningful way anyway? Amy doesn't want to hurt humans any more than Javier does, but she's capable of it. Maybe it means more if you choose not to do it because you want not to do it, and not because you'll die if you do. Anyway, I'm thinking of more stuff, but I don't want to make this review too long. ( )
  katebrarian | Jul 28, 2020 |
I'm gonna have a hard time reviewing this one not because the book was hard or particularly idea-dense, but because my expectations mismatched the resulting tale.

Don't get me wrong, it's still about self-replicating machines and it eventually gets to the meat of good ideas explored relatively well, but for the longest time, I just had the impression that I was reading a YA novel. Not even a very good YA novel. Family issues, growing up too fast, being on the run, hanging out with that flawed boy. It took too much time. I wanted worldbuilding.

Of course, that's my issue, not anyone else's. I suppose I just wanted something spectacular based on that cover. *sigh*

The ideas have potential. A potential herd of babies? Sure. Potential. Subverting "protective" programming to find your own destiny outside of what the humans want? Potential.

Unfortunately, most of what I read skirted the edge of noise. Human drama, mediocre situations for large parts of the novel, and missed opportunities. I'm not saying it's a bad novel, just an average one. Nothing grabbed me. Which is a shame... because I liked the author's Company Town novel.

I'll continue because I already bought the second novel, but I probably wouldn't have, otherwise.

Win some, lose some. ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
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"Amy Peterson is a von Neumann machine--a self-replicating humanoid robot. For the past five years, she has been grown slowly as part of a mixed organic/synthetic family. She knows very little about her android mother's past, so when her grandmother arrives and attacks them, Amy wastes no time: she eats her alive. Now she's on the run, carrying her malfunctioning granny as a partition on her memory drive. She's growing quickly, and learning too. Like the fact that in her, and her alone, the failsafe that stops all robots from harming humans has stopped working. Which means that everyone wants a piece of her, some to use her as a weapon, others to destroy her"--Publisher's description.

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