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5.0 out of 5 stars Feast of SF, 25 Feb 2013
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D. Harris (Oxford, UK) - See all my reviews
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Nobody can accuse Roberts of short changing his customers. Apart from the stunning cover art (just look at it!) this book contains 23 stories and a poem. Which is also a story.

As the introduction suggests, these stories really do seem to cover most aspects of current SF, but, as with Jack Glass (which was in three parts, each satisfactorily genre-warping) Roberts refuses to let things get categorised too neatly. Or at all, really. Most of these stories defy categorisation. Nor does he hold back from philosophical depth, using his stories to examine the nature of sin (in the titular "Adam Robots"), cause and effect ("Shall I tell you the problem with Time Travel?"), and potential manipulations or augmentations of human nature ("ReMorse", "The Chrome Chromosome" "Me-topia") as well as to critique literature in various ways (in the weirdly self-referential "Review: Thomas Hodgkin, 'Denis Bayle: A Life'", in "Dantean" and "And Tomorrow And") as well as to... do loads of other interesting stuff in a fun and never predictable way.

Fancy a pseudo medieval Welsh story? It's here, yet with definite SFnal overtones but which are maddeningly elusive. Or "War of the Worlds" from the Martian perspective? Or a life story, told in verse by a roistering industrialist father to his disappointing son? Then "The Mary Anna" is for you. (This poem gave me that maddening feeling that I almost recognise what it's parodying - but I can't quite get it. Does anyone know?) Or some satisfying speculation about where dark energy really comes from ("Anticopernicus") or string theory ("S-Bomb")

In short, this collection is a tour de force, so many good ideas, going in so many directions. Buy it now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Speculative fiction at its best, 27 April 2013
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J. A. Shipman "Al" (Liverpool) - See all my reviews
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I was already impressed by earlier works by Adam Roberts, but with not enough hours in the day to read as much as I'd like, it was a delight to find his latest is a collection of short stories. I'm only a third the way thru so far and I already feel like I've had more than my money's worth. The stories are varied (in content and style), entertaining, humorous, thought-provoking, and enthralling. Roberts is a master of his craft, whose work is very accessible. I'd humbly suggest that this would be a great introduction to the author to the previously unacquainted.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great compendium to dip in, 3 Feb 2013
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Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog "Falcata T... - See all my reviews
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There are times when you're reading that you really want stories that you can dive into during journeys, or something a little different for your lunch break and that's where short stories really weave their magical influence, or in the case of Adam Robots, programme you with their influence as his own brand of Sci-Fi short stories comes to the fore in this publication by Gollancz.

Each have their own moral, their own wonderful twist which when blended with the authors ability to weave a tale that really drags you in does exactly what the reader wants out of these types of story. Add to the mix a cracking sense of wonderment, some great twists as well as characters that will stay within your memory and all round you're in for a treat.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adam Robots:Short Stories, 5 Feb 2013
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As always he writes beautifully and his stories are inventive and full of insights. His robots illuminate the human condition.
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