The civilization was progressing well. It was growing and it was following the laws. Helen was following the third law to expand their knowledge and the fourth law to maintain variation in their thoughts. She started following an interesting piece of information and soon discovered a past that her civilization had forgotten. She found a past that would change everything in their society and challenge their very existence. What she was going to learn would set the stage for new life and ultimately a difficult confrontation.
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I love almost anything post-apocalyptic, zombie, scifi, ect. Always looking for some new earhole entertainment!
Very cool short story about machines discovering their origins of being created by an organic life form that had to flee their planet. I'm hoping the author has more to come in this series!
The 4 laws of conformity have maintained a functional society for generations: 1) Continue making units; 2) Protect all units already made; 3) Expand the knowledge base; and 4) Maintain variation in thought. Helen strives to follow the last 2 laws in her scientific studies.
I quite enjoyed this tale of non-organic beings and their well-organized society. Helen and Lorenzo often join Eve and Roberto for dinner and discussion. Helen is a bit fascinated by the local DNA-based life forms, but the topic is considered a bit gauche. Nevertheless, Helen and her lab assistants (Ivan and Lorraine) want to continue their observations.
What Helen and her assistants discover is rather disturbing to not only herself, but to her society. It was pretty cool how the author had the main character discovering this long-forgotten truth and how her immediate friends and colleagues react. It’s akin to when humans started accepting that the Sun, and not Earth, was the center of the solar system. I’ve read Perreault’s SIMPOC books, but this is my favorite of his works so far. Definitely some food for thought there. What if a society developed so far and forgot their origins, only to discover them later?
I received a copy of this audiobook from the author at no cost in exchange for an honest review.
Narration: Christopher M. Allport did a good job narrating this book. His female voices were believable and his story-telling style was straight forward, letting me sink into the tale without being hung up on vocal theatrics.
If you want action, this book isn't for you. Fast paced, not for you. If you want an old school pure science sci fi take, then this is for you. The narrator did well, the story was well written but just not for me. I received this audiobook from the author narrator or publisher for free via audiobookblast in exchange for an unbiased review
Really 3.5 stars.
This was an intriguing concept for a story. I listened to the audiobook and at at first it seemed like the narrator was very monotone and bland. I wasn't sure what to think. Then as the story went on I realized that the characters were supposed to sound monotone and speak very technically because they were actually robots. Once I came to this realization the story became much more interesting for me. The narrator actually did a great job and portrayed the beings well.
The beginning was a bit slow going but I think that was because it was unclear. I wasn't sure what the beings were or what their purpose was. Once I finally got to the end and I knew what was going on I wanted to know more. It was a kind of twist on evolution and ancestry. I'm interested to see what the next installment in the series brings.
I was gifted a copy of this audiobook by the author. This is an unbiased review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Helen the best as she featured most prominently and was explored most deeply.
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Absolutely. I thought it was very entertaining and an interesting and fresh sci-fi twist.
Of course I liked Helen the best as she featured most prominently and was explored most deeply.
I felt his narration put you in the "minds" of the characters sentient but non-organic beings.
I really enjoyed when they found the second "artifact" I won't spoil the story, but it was as if an archaeologist today were to suddenly find undeniable proof we were actually engineered and placed here by aliens. It was something that shattered the world of the characters.
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Four laws of conformity:
Continue making units.
Protect the units already made.
Expand the knowledgebase.
Maintain variation in thought.
I am sure these four laws will remind many people of the three laws of robotics by Isaac Asimov, and this one too, is a book about robots. These four laws should justify all their actions and in cases where laws 3 and 4 may contradict laws 1 and 2, action should be stopped.
This almost prevents Helen from discovering a very important fact about their past. I was afraid that she was going to be forbidden to continue her investigation, like it happened to humanity during many times in history; but it seems although these laws are nor perfect, robots do not seem to commit as many mistakes as their makers. I enjoy that the goal of this story was discovering where they came from so that they could plan their future.
Finding out the truth as the same time as Helen is an amazing experience, and the end of the book leaves us wanting to know what happens next.
The narrator's voice may seem monotone at first but it is justified when we realize the characters are robots.
I have listened to several of Jay Ray's Perreault's books and I like his style and the subjects he explores. I just hope there will be a conclusion to this and other short stories.
Avid reader who is also a mommy. Audible saved my reading time!
I really enjoyed this story. The continual justification of actions was not tedious for me but was a good reminder of what the four rules were. I was a little confused, however, as to whether or not the characters were robots or cyborgs or what. The confusion for me is in the way they live as a family, entertain, and 'take nourishment'. If they are not biological in some way, why do they do these things? There is no real answer to this question in this story but maybe the answer is coming in future stories!
I hope this author decides to write a full story with fleshed out characters and a full storyline in the future. I enjoyed his writing style and the flow of the story worked well. There is a lot more in this series to explore and I hope Ray Perreault develops the story and finishes what he started here.
Christopher Allport did an excellent job of performing the book and conveying that these beings are not human...or at least not fully human and that they are logical almost to the point of fault. He has a pleasing voice and read with just the right cadence.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
When I first started listening, I thought it was going to be a very difficult listen. I thought the narrator was monotone, and the repetitiveness was already starting to grate on my nerves. But after a little bit, I began to understand the characters and storyline, and it all fell into place.
The narrator did a great job of capturing the characters and how I would imagine them to sound. The human attributes and seemingly strong human characteristics might have been a bit strong, but I guess that really is up to each person to decide how much is too much.
I did feel the need to slow the narrator down a bit as it felt quite rushed at 100%. 80% seemed about right.
Loved the premise of the story. It was rather short and I would have loved to hear quite a bit more story development, but I guess I'm a little more used to longer novels. For a short story, the plot was developed, the characters and interactions were understandable, and I wasn't really sure where it was going until the end. But by the end, I was left wanting more, and could envision quite a few longer stories stemming from what I would like to see as a series intro.
Overall, great short story and look forward to more from Ray Jay Perreault.
I received a free copy of this audio book for an honest review.
My rating: 4 stars
Audiobook narrator Christopher M. Allport rating: 4 stars
I have listed to a couple of books by Ray Jay Perreault and have enjoyed them. This book was no exception. It had a Isaac Asimov I, Robot|feel to it with the four laws of these people (is it ok to call them people?).
What I enjoyed about this book was the build up to a bunch of uncertainty. I did not fully know what to expect and kept on hoping for more clarity as the book moved along. Though, I enjoyed not knowing what I was not supposed to know. It all turned out very interesting-like and kind of had a feel for how the TV Series Battlestar Gallactica ended (if you have watched the entire series, then you will likely know what I am talking about).
Back to the four laws… I love having laws that supersede each other but I felt like these laws could have been improved more. I would have liked more review on the laws as the book went along (I found myself going back to the first chapter more than one time to remind myself what these laws were). I know that you can’t really directly copy the great Isaac Asimov but his laws had direct and obvious supersessions.
The narrator did a good job of speaking for these creatures and kind of sounding robotic-like for the robot-like creatures. I really liked how at the end there was a brief bio of Ray Jay which made me appreciate him more!
I received a free copy of this audio book for an honest review.
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