Book Review: Eating Robots and Other Stories by Stephen Oram

  • ISBN: 978-1781326220
  • Genre: Sci-fi
  • Publishers: SilverWood Books Ltd
  • Price: Rs.192/-  ( I got the book for review from b00k r3vi3w)
Step into a high-tech vision of the future with author of Quantum Confessions and Fluence Stephen Oram. Featuring health-monitoring mirrors, tele-empathic romances and limb-repossessing bailiffs, Eating Robots explores the collision of utopian dreams and twisted realities in a world where humanity and technology are becoming ever more intertwined.

Sometimes funny, often unsettling, and always with a word of warning, these thirty sci-fi shorts will stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page.

Behind the Book
About the Author
Stephen Oram lives in Fitzrovia, London. As a teenager he was heavily influenced by the ethos of punk. In his early twenties he embraced the squatter scene and then joined a religious cult, briefly. He did some computer stuff in what became London's silicon roundabout and is now a civil servant with a gentle attraction to anarchism. His fascination with exploring our darker places through near-future fiction prompted him to imagine alternative worlds and then write about them. You can find more about him and his writing on my website

Me thinks

I have read Fluence by the author and loved it to the core. Hence it was not a surprise when I decided to read his next work. Though I am not exactly a sci-fi fan his writing does make you think a lot. If you notice I have not attached the word fiction to the genre tag as these stories (30 in number) are not entirely stories or a work of fiction. Some of them are probabilities of the future.

I like the way the author imagines different possibilities in near future with AI and other tech gadgets leaving our minds on a constant "what if" mode. Some of the pieces are definitely scary, well just to clarify not the horror movie type scary. But what if that comes true kind of scary. Though there were some stories that left me asking for me, in the sense I wanted them to a bit longer as I was expecting more than what the author had offered. I finished the book in 2 days and thoroughly enjoyed the excitement it brought along.

His narrative has always been one that is engaging and fresh. Though the topic of sci-fi looks daunting he makes it an effortless read with his lucid writing. If I were to give you a glimpse into his world of future then it would be devoid of a lot of your favourite things with more robots and less human beings as friends around us. Does that scare you? Or does it intrigue you to know what if that happens? In either case, you need to read the book to know the answers.

I would strongly recommend this book to all dystopian and sci-fi lovers, he is an author to look out for in this genre.

Foodie Verdict

This book is like Maggi Omelette - an old dish with a new twist, nevertheless yummilicious!
Source: Channel 42

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