Book Review: “Bots of the Lost Ark” by Suzanne Palmer (five stars)

Book Review: “Bots of the Lost Ark” by Suzanne Palmer (five stars)

(Clarkesworld, Jun 2021)

“I await this new opportunity to serve you with my utmost diligence and within my established parameters, as I always do.” “Ha! You do no such thing, and if I had a better option, I would have left you in storage,” Ship said.

Hilarious! Further adventures of 9 and Ship. (“The Secret Life of Bots” won the 2018 Hugo for Best Novelette.) Think: nano-sized R2-D2.

“If the Ysmi are greeted by a free-floating swarm of delusional bots claiming both personhood and unconstrained authority, we will all be relieved of the burden of worrying about any and all of our functions thereafter.”

Popcorn for the brain space opera, but fun. Gratuitous profanity cost Palmer a star.

“What do you anticipate LOPEZ will do?” 9 asked. “Attempt to retake control of the gloms. If that fails, it will attempt to either take over or destroy my mind-system, destroy the humans, or, if it is clear it cannot succeed and survive as itself, destroy the entire ship.” “Those are all suboptimum,” 9 said.

(2022 Hugo Award Novelette finalist)

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