Autonomous

Autonomous

Book - 2017
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Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate, traversing the world in a submarine as a pharmaceutical Robin Hood, fabricating cheap scrips for poor people who can't otherwise afford them. But her latest drug hack has left a trail of lethal overdoses as people become addicted to their work, doing repetitive tasks until they become unsafe or insane. Hot on her trail, an unlikely pair: Eliasz, a brooding military agent, and his robotic partner, Paladin. As they race to stop information about the sinister origins of Jack's drug from getting out, they begin to form an uncommonly close bond that neither of them fully understand. And underlying it all is one fundamental question: Is freedom possible in a culture where everything, even people, can be owned?
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780765392077
0765392070
Characteristics: 301 pages ; 22 cm

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When a pharma pirate reverse engineers an addictive work drug that starts killing people, she must find a way to out the company creating it without getting assassinated first. On her trail are two military agents, Eliasz and Paladin. Both have human brains, but only one is human. Yet they are... Read More »


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eileenlufkin
Jan 08, 2018

lightgetsin on dreamwidth said "Contrasting the robot POV in {All Systems Red by Martha Wells} with that in Newitz’s Autonomous is revealing: the Newitz book is uncomfy and thorny and weird as hell...I want to struggle across a great void of cognitive distance to grasp after robot POV. I want it to alienate and confuse. Newitz’s book is all about that, and how to messily, imperfectly bridge it. One reason the Newitz book is such a great comparison is that the first half is bot POV with an equivalent of a governor module, and the second half is the same POV without the governor. And it is fascinating how this bot has to basically rebuild itself -- herself, she eventually decides -- from nearly the ground up."

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