As I have posted previously, I have really enjoyed Charles Stross’ Laundry novels, so I thought I’d try some more. My first was Saturn’s Children, which is a sci-fi set in the future, where humanity has ceased to exist, but our robots have remained.
The heroine is one of a series of sex bots (what a novel idea – she actually has retractable stiletto heels in her feet) that is trying to eke out a living and has an adventure. With the function for which she was made being obsolete (there are no humans left for her to service, but her skill set as basically a robotic courtesan can come in handy for other uses, such as, potentially, spying for various interests). The best parts of the novel for me were the ways the characters have to put up with the enormous inconvenience and times involved in travel within a solar system inhabited exclusively by various robots who are building a civilization without humans to serve. And since they’re all designed and conditioned to obey humans, the political gains of recreating an actual human would be enormous, which is a subplot in the book.
Anyway, pretty good book. I like it better than the next one in his Singularity series. It’s a bit dense and really difficult to follow. Not that I understood the plot of this one all that well, but the characters were memorable and as it was told from the first person perspective, it was not as easy to get lost.