Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Six science fiction novels for "Westworld" fans

Sam Reader is a writer and conventions editor for The Geek Initiative. He also writes literary criticism and reviews at strangelibrary.com. At the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog he tagged "six books loaded with the same mixture of existential weirdness, artificial consciousness, and killer machines [as HBO's Westworld]," including:
Brain Thief, by Andrew Jablokov

Upon receiving a cryptic message, Bernal Haydon-Rumi finds himself chasing a series of increasingly bizarre clues involving a defunct cryo-storage facility, a disgraced scientist, and his boss Muriel’s suddenly “eccentric” planet exploration AI. As he travels down a rabbit hole that sees him harassed and aided by a wide cast, including an anti-AI activist, a former cryonics researcher, and a local serial murderer, he movers ever closer to finding the key that will unlock the mystery of Muriel’s disappearance and the AI’s newfound eccentricity. It’s a bit of a left-field pick for Westworld fans, but the theme of developing robotic consciousness, the twisted web of storylines, and the SF-infused murder mystery do vibe nicely with the series, even if the book takes a more offbeat and darkly comic approach to its vision of not-too-distant future.
Read about the other entries on the list.

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--Marshal Zeringue