Menace of the Machine: The Rise of AI in Classic Science Fiction (British Library Science Fiction Classics)

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Anonymous says:

Hey! Hey! Get out of their way! Versatron! Series F! You’ve already spotted that this instalment of the British Library’s series of themed anthologies of ancient SF deals with robots and AI. As with the other volumes, it’s edited by Mike Ashley, who has unrivalled expertise in archival ventures such as this. Again, in line with tho other volumes, Ashley contributes an intriguing introductory overview of the treatment of the subject material in SF, and helpful notes to preface each story, and the deliberately retro design is apt and extremely…

Anonymous says:

Another top collection in a great series This British Library series is a brilliantly researched collection of anthologies and novels. Menace of the Machine has less well-known stories by famous authors, such as Arthur C Clarke, and great tales by unjustly forgotten writers, including some early female SF authors. Readers new to the genre will find much to interest, but even established fans are sure to find something they have never heard of before. Editor Mike Ashley has included short portraits of every author as well as a…

Anonymous says:

Where’s the off-switch? Whenever anyone mentions driverless vehicles, a shiver of horror runs down my spine. Apart from the inescapable fact that computers notoriously break down at the most awkward moments, there is the social issue of man building himself out of jobs, and the added threat that artificial intelligence may one day be greater than our own – in some cases, I suspect it already is! This collection of fourteen classic science fiction stories examines the impact of the machine and warns of the various…

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