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Monday, April 18, 2016

GOD, ROBOT

It is the year 6080 AD. Detective Theseus Hollywell has at last discovered the hiding place of William Locke, a notorious fugitive from justice who has been hunted for decades after committing unspeakable crimes.

But Locke has a trick up his sleeve, one that the detective couldn't expect: He has a story to tell.

This is the tale of the theobots, the robotic beings created to love God and Man with a perfection no mere mortal could achieve. In ten stories by eight different science fiction authors, Locke recounts the role of the theobots throughout history, from the purposes for which they were originally created to their ultimate role in deciding the fate of Man, the galaxy, and one lost and tortured soul.

GOD, ROBOT is a themed collection of intertwined stories from some of the best known names in superversive science fiction. Written in the tradition of Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics and edited by Anthony Marchetta, the book contains stories by John C. Wright, Steve Rzasa, Joshua Young, L. Jagi Lamplighter, and others.

GOD, ROBOT is 162 pages, is DRM-free, and is available on Amazon. Note: One story in the collection, "The Logfile" by Vox Day, was previously published in The Altar of Hate.

UPDATE: From the Amazon reviews:
FIVE STARS. This one pleasantly surprised me. I don't mind Asimov-style sci-fi and find the basic concept of the three laws of robotics very interesting, but it's not my favorite subgenre, and I felt I could guess where things were going to go before I read it. It took a few pages, but in spite of my initial reservations I was drawn in by the multi-part sequential story which takes the well-known three laws and posits what might happen if two more laws were added... the greatest commandments of scripture--love God above all, and love your neighbor as yourself--and builds an alternate future based on the theologically-aware robot race that results and seeks its own place in God's creation.

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34 Comments:

Blogger Horn of the Mark April 18, 2016 4:33 AM  

Prediction: "theobot" becomes pejorative for fans of this blog.

Anyways, book purchased. Sounds interesting.

Anonymous Dave Gerrold's Cabana Boy April 18, 2016 5:18 AM  

Purchased.

And seconded re: "theobot".

Anonymous Dave April 18, 2016 7:23 AM  

Damn you Amazon, with your 1-Click ordering scheme. Because I clicked; yes I did. And all this even before I've purchased my 24 oz morning cup of Wawa coffee.

Anonymous MendoScot April 18, 2016 7:25 AM  

Bought. Now to find time to read & review it...

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright April 18, 2016 8:14 AM  

For those few of you who read the Books of Unexpected Enlightenment, this is the same William Locke who is the best friend of Dread and Gaius. (In his alternate, before Roanoke, life.)

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright April 18, 2016 8:16 AM  

And Theseus Hollywell is Astrid Hollywell's son. (Astrid has not been on stage much in series, but she will be in books to come.)

My story concern's Astrid and her previous life.

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright April 18, 2016 8:18 AM  

Laughing at the Theobot comment. Heh heh heh.

Blogger Nick S April 18, 2016 9:13 AM  

Cripes! The number of books in my to read queue is outpacing my completed stack. I'm moving this one to the front of the line. I should be able to knock it out today.

Blogger jaericho April 18, 2016 9:50 AM  

This sounds very interesting. Thanks, Vox.

Anonymous Artraccoon gone Rabid April 18, 2016 10:31 AM  

If you don't follow the Theobot's instructions you get sent to the Robot Devil whom will put you through musical routines for all of eternity.

Side note: Wouldn't the Theobot on the cover be busted for preaching something other than Islam in Dubai? Or is that the SF part?

OpenID malcolmthecynic April 18, 2016 10:34 AM  

Yes, if you want to get technical about it, this takes place in an alternate version of Mrs. Wright's "Unexpected Enlightenment" universe.

BTW, for those who don't know, I'm Anthony. This was a project over a year in the making, and it is SO COOL to have it come to fruition!

PLEASE leave a review!

Anonymous EH April 18, 2016 10:35 AM  

Reminds me of the Electric Monk from Douglas Adam's Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, one of my favorite bits:

"The Electric Monk was a labour-saving device, like a dishwasher or a video recorder. Dishwashers washed tedious dishes for you, thus saving you the bother of washing them yourself, video recorders watched tedious television for you, thus saving you the bother of looking at it yourself; Electric Monks believed things for you, thus saving you what was becoming an increasingly onerous task, that of believing all the things the world expected you to believe. ....

This Monk had first gone wrong when it was simply given too much to believe in one day. It was, by mistake, cross-connected to a video recorder that was watching eleven TV channels simultaneously, and this caused it to blow a bank of illogic circuits. The video recorder only had to watch them, of course. It didn’t have to believe them all as well. This is why instruction manuals are so important.

So after a hectic week of believing that war was peace, that good was bad, that the moon was made of blue cheese, and that God needed a lot of money sent to a certain box number, the Monk started to believe that thirty-five percent of all tables were hermaphrodites, and then broke down. The man from the Monk shop said that it needed a whole new motherboard, but then pointed out that the new improved Monk Plus models were twice as powerful, had an entirely new multi-tasking Negative Capability feature that allowed them to hold up to sixteen entirely different and contradictory ideas in memory simultaneously without generating any irritating system errors, were twice as fast and at least three times as glib, and you could have a whole new one for less than the cost of replacing the motherboard of the old model.

That was it. Done.

The faulty Monk was turned out into the desert where it could believe what it liked, including the idea that it had been hard done by. "

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright April 18, 2016 10:41 AM  

Or rather, Anthony, my universe kindly borrows from this. It can go either way. ;-)

Anthony did a terrific job with this, everyone. I hope you really enjoy it.

Blogger Rez Zircon April 18, 2016 10:45 AM  

@10 "Side note: Wouldn't the Theobot on the cover be busted for preaching something other than Islam in Dubai? Or is that the SF part?"

Interesting point. What happens when theobots are programmed for different religions, or perhaps for atheism or heresy? What if the devil hacks into one? What about bugs? What if one gets stuck in a loop? What happens when they crash, or lose power? Lots of story material there.

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright April 18, 2016 10:49 AM  

I am now picturing theobots vs. the robot devil from Futurama. Good stuff.

Anonymous Dave April 18, 2016 12:13 PM  

Does the Futurama robot devil take over a third of the theobots?

Blogger Nick S April 18, 2016 12:27 PM  

Does the Futurama robot devil take over a third of the theobots?

I can almost see the wheels turning.

Blogger LP9 Forever Solidified in Gold! Rin Integra S.I.G. April 18, 2016 12:50 PM  

This is beautiful, all success!

The let the story unfold, we might be surprised!

Blogger Nate April 18, 2016 12:56 PM  

this seems like the only plausible way to avoid inteligent machines destroying humanity.

OpenID malcolmthecynic April 18, 2016 2:37 PM  

@14

Rez Zircon,

One story, "The Logfile", does indeed explore the implications of a "bug" in theobot programming.

Blogger Ahazuerus April 18, 2016 3:03 PM  

Nate,

would it not *require* intelligence to create intelligence?

Blogger Ahazuerus April 18, 2016 3:05 PM  

Purchased.

Blogger Tenebris Lux April 18, 2016 7:08 PM  

This goes to the top of the pile of that-which-must-be-read.

Anonymous Campion April 18, 2016 7:41 PM  

I give. What does "DRM free" mean?

Blogger SirHamster April 18, 2016 8:38 PM  

Campion wrote:I give. What does "DRM free" mean?

Google.

OpenID malcolmthecynic April 18, 2016 8:45 PM  

@24

DRM is Digital Rights Management, meaning a laundry list of rules and controls put on the sale of e-books. It causes all sorts of problems, like the potential of losing your books if you go to a different country, if you piss of the distributor (like Amazon), or if they're spread over too many devices, among other things.

Not having it saves all sorts of headaches.

Anonymous Dave April 18, 2016 9:03 PM  

Anthony did a terrific job with this, everyone. I hope you really enjoy it.

Over halfway in; enthusiastically agree on both counts.

Blogger The CronoLink April 18, 2016 11:53 PM  

Damnit, I can't have it right now!

Blogger rho April 19, 2016 2:45 AM  

If one could reliably program Godbots, Catholics wouldn't be struggling with pederast priests. Or is this a treatise on how bad humans are, and we need more robots?

Pass.

OpenID malcolmthecynic April 19, 2016 2:53 AM  

@29

Cool story, bro.

Blogger rho April 19, 2016 2:59 AM  

malcolmthecynic wrote:@29

Cool story, bro.


Ain't my story, "bro."

Blogger Joshua M Young April 19, 2016 6:01 PM  

Forgiveness for everyone but priests!

Blogger Young Heaving Bosoms of Liberty April 19, 2016 6:40 PM  

rho wrote:If one could reliably program Godbots, Catholics wouldn't be struggling with pederast priests. Or is this a treatise on how bad humans are, and we need more robots?

Pass.


rho, demonstrating again why he's the leading contender for The Littlest Anklebiter

Blogger pdwalker April 20, 2016 12:17 PM  

@3 Dave, I feel your pain. I do.

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