Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Almost Human

 A new science fiction novel is always welcome, especially if one has a science fiction fan to buy a Christmas present for.

The new science fiction novel from author H. C. Denham, Almost Human, has been published (coincidentally) just in time for Christmas.

What would happen, what could happen, if scientists decide that they should start creating robots that are more than human? Robots that are fully rational (more so than humans) but which (who?) are smarter, better loooking and have empathy built in?

The Universal Robotics Corporation is working to use robots to green a desert area. 

UCR decides to it's time yo experiment with interactions between the robots and humans who are working on the greening project.

The male participants think that all is going well and have no problems. But an agronomist with the project, Stella Mayfield, is not so sure and she has misgivings about what is happening.

Seven years later  Stella has returned to the UK and she notices that these humanoid robots are apparently everywhere.

Her misgivings return to haunt her. What exactly were they up to? What were they capable of? Could they be trusted to interact with humans in ways that were always of benefit for the humans?

It's a well-written and very intelligent book that takes a deep look at what such a society might actually be like. Fans of Isaac Asimov's books featuring robots will really enjoy this book, too.  

It's published by Matador at £8.99.

1 comment:

  1. I was given this book for Christmas. Once I at last started reading it I could not put it down. It is the story of a young, intelligent woman who has chosen a career as an agronomist interested in crop production. She takes a job in Africa in a project aimed at greening the desert using basic robots her company has developed. The company is also developing humanoid robots for domestic situations.
    As a result of a catastrophe involving one of the humanoid robots, Stella is selected as one of 3 young, single employees in a secret experiment. The author's descriptions of the feelings and desires of a young woman in this world of predominantly male humans and increasingly intelligent robots are extremely insightful to a male reader, compelling one to keep turning the pages.
    The book is also a love story about Stella finding the man of her dreams at the same time as dealing with the needs of her ageing mother.
    This is a beautifully written book. It is not science fiction but science fact about to happen to the human race and about love.


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