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Shelves: science-fiction Like many other people, I picked this book for the first 3 stories, the ones that were the basis for AI. I think I hardly ever read anything this bleak. The story of the little robot boy who wants to be human so his "mother" loves him is particularly disturbing. What made it particularly efficient was the attention given to details: the absent "father", the boredom of the mother, and the picture of society at large just one example: it is a society in which the developing countries are as Like many other people, I picked this book for the first 3 stories, the ones that were the basis for AI. What made it particularly efficient was the attention given to details: the absent "father", the boredom of the mother, and the picture of society at large just one example: it is a society in which the developing countries are as starved as ever, but where at least the West has solved the problem of obesity by inventing an electronic tape worm that is inserted in the bowels and eats half of what the person is ingesting Very dark, but very human, as well.

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Shelves: science-fiction Like many other people, I picked this book for the first 3 stories, the ones that were the basis for AI. I think I hardly ever read anything this bleak. The story of the little robot boy who wants to be human so his "mother" loves him is particularly disturbing.

What made it particularly efficient was the attention given to details: the absent "father", the boredom of the mother, and the picture of society at large just one example: it is a society in which the developing countries are as Like many other people, I picked this book for the first 3 stories, the ones that were the basis for AI.

What made it particularly efficient was the attention given to details: the absent "father", the boredom of the mother, and the picture of society at large just one example: it is a society in which the developing countries are as starved as ever, but where at least the West has solved the problem of obesity by inventing an electronic tape worm that is inserted in the bowels and eats half of what the person is ingesting Very dark, but very human, as well.

As for the other stories, they were of rather uneven qualities. The only redeeming force there is the style. At least it is properly cynical. Other stories, especially one rewriting of The Tempest, read very well in comparison. There was poetry, style, originality. There was even that human quality that caught my eye in the three Supertoys stories. There was a measure of humour. Overall, that hit the mark much better than the satirical bits By that I mean he strays outside particular definitions of genre or sub-genre.

You could say "creative", but all authors are creative. This collection contains a fair sampling of the range of work that he has written over the years. Here there are science fiction "futures" with the near or far extrapolation of science, technology and culture, as one might expect.

But many of the stories have an almost surreal, subtle flavoring of Brian Aldiss has always been one of the more un-bounded authors. But many of the stories have an almost surreal, subtle flavoring of viewpoint or human condition.

His short-form fiction is very good. Although the collection includes stories with very different "feel" I enjoyed all of them. I picked it up because it was a "slim" and lightweight paperback suitable for bring on the plane.

Not that I actually read any of it while in the air. I had no idea that the "Super toys" trio or the discussion about working with Kubrick were in the book. Full disclosure: I have not seen "AI" or read any reviews of the movie, so I had no preconceptions about these stories. I thought they fit the style and tone of the collection just as well as any other. The writing, imagination, and novelty of these stories make it a solid "4".

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Supertoys Last All Summer Long

Monica Swinton lives with her husband Henry and her young son David, whom she struggles to bond with. She seeks help from Teddy, a robot toy companion of sorts, to try to understand why she feels unable to communicate with David, let alone feel compassion for him. David also questions Teddy about whether his mother truly loves him and wonders whether he is truly real. He attempts to write letters of his own to explain how he feels about his mother and the inner conflict he faces but all of his letters remain unfinished.

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The lovely almond trees stood about it in perpetual leaf. Monica Swinton plucked a saffron-colored rose and showed it to David. David looked up at her and grinned without replying. Seizing the flower, he ran with it across the lawn and disappeared behind the kennel where the mowervator crouched, ready to cut or sweep or roll when the moment dictated.

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