“iD” by Madeline Ashby

The first book in Madeline Ashby’s Machine Dynasty series, vN, was one of my favorite books that I’ve read all year.  The plot of vN features the story of Amy, a self-replicating robot whose failsafe fails.  This means that she is in the relatively unique position of being a robot capable of harming humans. TheRead more

“vN” by Madeline Ashby

Amy Peterson seems like an ordinary little girl, but she’s not.  She’s a vN, short for von Neumann machine, a self-replicating robot.  Her normal childhood is only possible because she’s eating a restricted diet, preventing her from growing at her normal speed. Madeline Ashby imagines a world where robots are governed by specific rules.  OneRead more

“Silently and Very Fast” by Catherynne Valente

I can’t say enough good things about Catherynne Valente.  After reading Deathless, I’ve been trying to read other books.  I’ve been disappointed by most of them, not because they aren’t good, but because no other author is able to live up to Valente’s prose.  It’s exponentially phenomenal. “Silently and Very Fast” is no exception.  InRead more