- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Orbit; paperback / softback edition (2 July 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1841495689
- ISBN-13: 978-1841495682
- Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.6 x 17.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Saturn's Children Paperback – 2 Jul 2009
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The most interesting aspect of this novel is that it is set after humanity's extinction, and is a tale of robotic society that survives the extinction. This offers a refreshing and new perspective on the traditional human/robot relationship, with robots having to come to terms with the emotional fall out of there being no humans, as well as tapping into an interesting trend in science fiction of looking at non-human propogation of human culture (there are some amusing comments about contemporary philosophy within the text).
With regards to the story, I am unwilling to discuss it too much in case it spoils the novel for potential readers. However for those readers who might be worried about Freya's (the main character) role as a courtesan, I would say that this is well handled and works well within the story, if anything it provides a useful point of empathy for a reader by providing a "more" human robot with emotions. The real delight for any reader will be from the well written narrative and some snappy dialogue which works to create a vivid, elegant and tangible sci-fi universe.
All in all I would recommend this work to anyone interested in reading a good, enjoyable and different sci-fi adventure.
For control purposes, humans made serving them the deepest desire of a robot. Now humans are gone, 'aristo' robots use this servitude capacity to enslave other robots. Their greatest fear is of 'pink goo' - animal cells of any kind that could, in theory, be used to rebuild one of the lost human 'Creators'. A human, could, simply by their presence, control any and all robots using their inbuilt servitude routines.
The novel follows Freya, one of a defunct concubine archetype, cloned from the original called Rhea, who gets involved in something illegal that involves smuggling pink goo. Freya is given the 'soul chip' (memories) of another of her archetype, Juliette, and starts to be influenced by Juliette's experiences. The abilities to swap soul chips (and thus identities) and to blank parts of soul ships complicates the plot no end. Starting on Venus, the action takes Freya to Mercury, then Mars, Callisto and finally to 'Heinleingrad', on distant Eris, as aristo factions like the Black Talon, and robot archetypes, especially one modelled on the Jeeves character, struggle over the ultimate prize...
Ironies abound. Humans, as their creators, are like gods to robots. Robot society is as venal and despotic as that of their creators.Read more ›
Saturn's Children imagines a time after we humans have mysteriously gone extinct -- leaving only our intelligent, but enslaved, robots behind. Freya 47 is one such robot, a courtesan designed ultimately to pleasure her male customers; hard-wired into her brain is a lust for her One True Love. Which would be fine, except that he, along with the whole human race, stopped existing many years before Freya's creation. She and her sister sibs (Freya, and her sisters, are all based upon the template matriarch of a robot called Rhea) are left with nothing to do except explore the galaxy. Many of them will kill themselves from despair. Others are simply incredibly bored.
An aristocracy, of sorts, has developed -- the robots with enough wealth and hired thugs control those without money and thugs. Of course, even the aristos aren't really free. They don't admit the fact, but show them a live Creator and they'd be on their knees before them. Which is one reason why the aristos, amongst others, are keen to keep their Creators dead, despite the technology of the black labs, which are capable of producing "pink goo" -- flesh. But anyone with a live, and tractable, Creator could wield enormous power, and perhaps even enslave the galaxy...
Which is why it falls to a sex robot, and an organisation of butlers, to stop them, getting very confused, and often aroused, in the process...
I'm not sure why I find this book so hard to review. I liked it a lot.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
w This one was a struggle. The plot tried to be too unpredictable and u up just getting lost for me. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lel
An interesting book but the basic story is a rip off of an older sci fi book [Friday[, in which a non-human is used as a courier to transport a fragile cargo [fertilised egg],... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Tim
An interesting idea - what do the robots do when the human race they were built to serve finally dies out - but actually a bit boring because the characters don't seem well enough... Read morePublished 9 months ago by G. M. Johnson
One of the most enjoyable science fiction books I've read - it's hard sci-fi, in the sense that it takes the science seriously, but also a light and humorous read. Read morePublished 9 months ago by The 14 Amazons
I enjoyed this book.I liked the whole premise that mankind fabricated a race of superior slaves and became so lazy/complacent because of it that the human race just fizzled... Read morePublished 16 months ago by David Cole
See my review for Iron Sky. This injects very unusual projections of the future into a compelling plot... Read morePublished 17 months ago by mrnougat
I have enjoyed all of Charles' books up to now and was of the opinion that the man could do no wrong - right up until I read this one. Actually I'm lying. I haven't read this yet. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mr. F. A. Driver