Sea of Rust (Hardcover)

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Bookseller: Gio
Title: Sea of Rust

Comments: When one thinks of Artificial Intelligence, one thinks of monotoned, emotionless machines with stiff movements and strict programmed responses. This isn't the case for the cast of characters of this book. Humans have been exterminated, extinct for three decades, but war still rages, battles are still fought, independence is still the ultimate dream. These robots are more human than we can imagine. They feel affection, remorse, regret, fear death and their own mortality and fight for their right to exist freely. This is not what one would expect of a science fiction novel based around robots, it is so much better!

— From Giovanni


A scavenger robot wanders in the wasteland created by a war that has destroyed humanity in this evocative post-apocalyptic "robot western" from the critically acclaimed author, screenwriter, and noted film critic.

It's been thirty years since the apocalypse and fifteen years since the murder of the last human being at the hands of robots. Humankind is extinct. Every man, woman, and child has been liquidated by a global uprising devised by the very machines humans designed and built to serve them. Most of the world is controlled by an OWI--One World Intelligence--the shared consciousness of millions of robots, uploaded into one huge mainframe brain. But not all robots are willing to cede their individuality--their personality--for the sake of a greater, stronger, higher power. These intrepid resisters are outcasts; solo machines wandering among various underground outposts who have formed into an unruly civilization of rogue AIs in the wasteland that was once our world.

One of these resisters is Brittle, a scavenger robot trying to keep a deteriorating mind and body functional in a world that has lost all meaning. Although unable to experience emotions like a human, Brittle is haunted by the terrible crimes the robot population perpetrated on humanity. As Brittle roams the Sea of Rust, a large swath of territory that was once the Midwest, the loner robot slowly comes to terms with horrifyingly raw and vivid memories--and nearly unbearable guilt.

Sea of Rust is both a harsh story of survival and an optimistic adventure. A vividly imagined portrayal of ultimate destruction and desperate tenacity, it boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, yet where a humanlike AI strives to find purpose among the ruins.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062405838
ISBN-10: 0062405837
Publisher: Voyager
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
Pages: 384
Language: English