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Steeldriver [Mass Market Paperback]

Don Debrandt
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books; First Edition edition (April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441005209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441005208
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,419,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To win a wager, cyborg Jon Hundred must compete with a computerized mining machine to see who can tunnel first through a huge mountain on the planet Pellay.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A post-contemporary folk tale of man vs machine. 12 Jun 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Steeldriver is a contemporized version of the classic "man vs. machine" struggles common at the introduction of the Industrial Revolution. Jon Hundred must burrow through an enormous mountain before his computer adversary in order to win a wager. However, his own past and compassion catches up with him. Debrandt creates an effective tale, without the usual stereotypical branding found in the neo-folk tale (i.e., the "evil", soulless AI isn't played that way at all). He means to make a story that is supposed to stand out as archtypal for the time, with his larger than life Jon Hundred and MEL characters. Unfortunately though, the characters end up a bit too idealized, and you'll probably cringe through the ending (which I won't reveal here). However, if you like this sort of neo-frontier setting you should check out the (in my opinion) definitive work on the topic Mike Resnick's "Santiago"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Energetic prose creates a new kind of cyber-myth 16 Jun 1998
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Don DeBrandt has skillfully created a fast paced, exciting and creative novel set far in the future, but resonating with mythology as old as mankind. Jon Hundred is a cyborg who has gained his physical freedom, yet whose mind remains a prisoner from a former life he cannot remember. His relationships with the humans, aliens and a very special artificial intelligence on an outpost at the edge of the galaxy create a fascinating tale of the struggles that each undergoes to gain freedom.
Highly recommended.
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One thing we really liked about this book was the aliens were very original. Also, it was one of those books you just can't put down -- I read the whole thing in one sitting, staying up all night to finish it rather than stop. We also liked the relationships between the humans and the aliens and how they learned to co-exist. We definitely recommend this book!!!!
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most interesting aliens in recent science fiction! 25 Jan 1999
By Jacqueline Passey (JMPassey@aol.com) and Don Johnson (djcj13@hotmail.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
One thing we really liked about this book was the aliens were very original. Also, it was one of those books you just can't put down -- I read the whole thing in one sitting, staying up all night to finish it rather than stop. We also liked the relationships between the humans and the aliens and how they learned to co-exist. We definitely recommend this book!!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A post-contemporary folk tale of man vs machine. 12 Jun 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Steeldriver is a contemporized version of the classic "man vs. machine" struggles common at the introduction of the Industrial Revolution. Jon Hundred must burrow through an enormous mountain before his computer adversary in order to win a wager. However, his own past and compassion catches up with him. Debrandt creates an effective tale, without the usual stereotypical branding found in the neo-folk tale (i.e., the "evil", soulless AI isn't played that way at all). He means to make a story that is supposed to stand out as archtypal for the time, with his larger than life Jon Hundred and MEL characters. Unfortunately though, the characters end up a bit too idealized, and you'll probably cringe through the ending (which I won't reveal here). However, if you like this sort of neo-frontier setting you should check out the (in my opinion) definitive work on the topic Mike Resnick's "Santiago"
5.0 out of 5 stars Energetic prose creates a new kind of cyber-myth 16 Jun 1998
By Edward Alexander Gerster - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Don DeBrandt has skillfully created a fast paced, exciting and creative novel set far in the future, but resonating with mythology as old as mankind. Jon Hundred is a cyborg who has gained his physical freedom, yet whose mind remains a prisoner from a former life he cannot remember. His relationships with the humans, aliens and a very special artificial intelligence on an outpost at the edge of the galaxy create a fascinating tale of the struggles that each undergoes to gain freedom.
Highly recommended.
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