Robot Uprisings

I read Robot Uprisings over a long, luxurious weekend at the beach. It was a fun read – a whole set of varied imaginings of how a robot uprising might take form. Every story was different. It was a lovely example of how the same prompt can mean different things to, and be in interpreted in different ways by, individual authors.

Having said which, the quality of the writing felt somewhat patchy to me. Some stories were good (and Cory Doctorow’s was stand-out in its excellence), while others felt quite sparse, with Chekhovian guns that weren’t fired, and characters that weren’t three-dimensional, and narratives that weren’t driven by a compelling underlying story.

The idea for the collection is a great one, and there are some excellent stories. Overall I’d say it’s worth a read, as a piece of fun fiction. But the collection could have used some higher standards in accepting pieces.

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