I’m typically not a reader of science fiction, but I recently read a short story collection titled Eating Robots, and found it to be very entertaining. The book, written by author Stephen Oram, is not only engaging, but contains so many interesting stories that I couldn’t put it down. I loved some of the references, such as the “antique” Apple watch, and the quote where one of the characters says “You junkies make me sick.” There were many humorous phrases sprinkled throughout the book, and some weird stories like the ones about sacred waters and attack moss. Some were also disturbing, like the story about a character who involuntarily commits murder through mind control, the one about cannibalism, and another about automated automobiles piloted by artificial celebrities that are out of control. All in all, I found Eating Robots to be an intriguing read.
The future is bright…or is it?
Step into a high-tech vision of the future with the author of Quantum Confessions and Fluence, Stephen Oram.
Featuring health-monitoring mirrors, tele-empathic romances and limb-repossessing bailiffs, Eating Robots explores the collision of utopian dreams and twisted realities in a world where humanity and technology are becoming ever more intertwined.
Sometimes funny, often unsettling, and always with a word of warning, these thirty sci-fi shorts will stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page.
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Stephen Oram writes thought provoking stories that mix science fiction with social comment, mainly in a recognisable near-future. He is the Author in Residence at Virtual Futures’, once described as the ‘Glastonbury of cyberculture’. He has collaborated with scientists and future-tech people to write short stories that create debate about potential futures, most recently with the Human Brain Project and Bristol Robotics Laboratory as part of the Bristol Literature Festival.
As a teenager he was heavily influenced by the ethos of punk. In his early twenties he embraced the squatter scene and was part of a religious cult, briefly. He did some computer stuff in what became London’s silicon roundabout and is now a civil servant with a gentle attraction to anarchism.
He has two published novels – Quantum Confessions and Fluence – and several shorter pieces.
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