Thursday, October 27, 2011

Cory Doctorow's "I, Robot" (novelette, free): When North America was a police state

Illustration accompanying the original publication of the short story I Robot by Cory Doctorow. Picture shows a robot sculpture in metal by Howard Waldrop, photographed by Eileen Gunn.
This is may be the most readable short fiction I've seen from author so far. Suspension of belief becomes much harder towards later parts of the story, but first two thirds is great.

Story summary.

This is the story of Arturo, a policeman in North America ("UNATS"), & his difficult relationship with his teenager daughter Ada. As a consequence of their conflict, we get to see the police state of "UNATS" (North America).

Fact sheet.

First published: The Infinite Matrix, 15 February 2005.
Download full text from publisher's site, Feedbooks. [via John@ClassicScienceFiction]
Rating: A.
Nominated for Hugo Award 2006 in novelette category.
Nominated for BSFA Award 2005 in novelette category.
Related: Stories of Cory Doctorow.