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Nearly three billion years into the future, the solar system is a very different place. Earth is long gone, and the sun is a gray, shrunken dwarf. All that remains of humanity and conscious thought is Jonathan - the last machine.

Created to survive Earth's destruction by our ever-expanding sun, Jonathan witnessed the end of life on Earth. This is his story and that of his creator, Nikolai. It is also the story of the human race, which failed to disentangle its destiny from the star that gave rise to all life-forms on Earth.

©2017 Matthew Isaac Sobin (P)2017 Matthew Isaac Sobin

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fantastic

Can't wait for more in this story. wonderfully read, it was by chance I found this book and am very thankful for that moment

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Can't wait to read more

A very intriguing testimonial, making the reader want more. I look forward to future novels, and more stories from Matthew Sobin.

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  • TMK
  • San Francisco, CA United States
  • 07-29-17

A short but delightful journey

I'm a huge fan of the printed book, so I jumped at the opportunity to grab the audiobook for a recent one-hour-and-change commute. I'm so glad I did! This is very engaging, reminiscent of vintage one-man radio dramas. Definitely worth your while if you're a sci-fi junky like me.

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Shades of classic SF

In this thought provoking debut, Matthew Sobin gives us the account of Jonathan, The titular last machine in the solar system and and in the process manages to channel the spirits of Asimov Bradbury and Clark.
Through Jonathan's eyes, we witnessed the death of the solar system and humanity, through his account and insights, we get an interesting look at the strengths and weaknesses of the human species from a point of view that is at once close enough to ours as to be relatable, and different enough that you never forget that Jonathan is a Machine observing us rather than a part of us.
It is this unique perspective that really holds the charm for this novelette, setting it apart from other science-fiction and is the thing that more than anything else will bring me back to Last Machine in and anything else that mr. Sobin writes in future.

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Unique take on humanity's future.

What will the end of our star system be like? Will humanity survive it? These questions are explored from the point of view of a machine built to be the last ditch effort to preserve humanity's story in case of the worst. It's a compelling, unique story.

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Wish it was a longer story

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Time well spent, I stretched this hour and twenty minute book out over three days of listening.

How could the performance have been better?

Scott R. Smith narration was excellent.

Did The Last Machine in the Solar System inspire you to do anything?

Enjoy life's small moments more often.