History Literature / SaturnsChildren

1st Aug '16 12:31:37 AM Ramidel
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* {{Bishoujo}}: The dominant aesthetic among the robot aristocracy. Small, big-eyed, cute robots look down on tall, big-breasted and sexy ones.
24th Jul '16 5:52:09 PM JustKnown
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**''Neptune's Brood'' features a water world covered in an ocean hundreds of kilometers deep, far past the point where it should have frozen from sheer pressure alone. Explaining what keeps it liquid allows Stross to expound on the bizarre ways water acts under extreme heat and pressure.
24th Jul '16 10:41:18 AM nombretomado
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* FlatEarthAtheist: Most robots, based on design schematics and such, believe that they were created by human beings. A few, however, believe in [[StrawmanPolitical the holy doctrine of Evolution]], and its prophets [[CharlesDarwin Darwin]], [[UsefulNotes/RichardDawkins Dawkins]], and Gould.

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* FlatEarthAtheist: Most robots, based on design schematics and such, believe that they were created by human beings. A few, however, believe in [[StrawmanPolitical the holy doctrine of Evolution]], and its prophets [[CharlesDarwin [[UsefulNotes/CharlesDarwin Darwin]], [[UsefulNotes/RichardDawkins Dawkins]], and Gould.
28th May '16 10:22:07 AM Observance
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* SexBot: The protagonist of ''Saturn's Children'' is a sexbot in a world where humanity is extinct, making her existence almost pointless -- though for some reason, the majority of the robot population is capable of having and enjoying sex anyways. It's not just the humaniforms; interplanetary transports provide "internal massages" to their passengers, both to pass the time and to pad them against acceleration, but probably the most questionable example is when Freya has sex with a sentient ''hotel''.

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* SexBot: The protagonist of ''Saturn's Children'' is a sexbot in a world where humanity is extinct, making her existence almost pointless -- though for some reason, the majority of the robot population is capable of having and enjoying sex anyways. It's not just the humaniforms; interplanetary transports provide "internal massages" to their passengers, both to pass the time and to pad them against acceleration, but probably the most questionable example is when Freya has sex with a sentient ''hotel''. These aren't leftovers from when humans were still around: both transports and hotel are explicitly designed for the robot population.
28th May '16 10:15:55 AM Observance
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* SexBot: The protagonist of ''Saturn's Children'' is a sexbot in a world where humanity is extinct, making her existence almost pointless -- though for some reason, the majority of the robot population is capable of having and enjoying sex anyways. It's not just the humaniforms; interplanetary transports provide "internal massages" to their passengers, both to pass the time and to pad them against acceleration, but probably the most questionable example is when Freya has sex with a sentient *hotel*.

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* SexBot: The protagonist of ''Saturn's Children'' is a sexbot in a world where humanity is extinct, making her existence almost pointless -- though for some reason, the majority of the robot population is capable of having and enjoying sex anyways. It's not just the humaniforms; interplanetary transports provide "internal massages" to their passengers, both to pass the time and to pad them against acceleration, but probably the most questionable example is when Freya has sex with a sentient *hotel*.''hotel''.
28th May '16 10:15:23 AM Observance
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* SexBot: The protagonist of ''Saturn's Children'' is a sexbot in a world where humanity is extinct, making her existence almost pointless.

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* SexBot: The protagonist of ''Saturn's Children'' is a sexbot in a world where humanity is extinct, making her existence almost pointless.pointless -- though for some reason, the majority of the robot population is capable of having and enjoying sex anyways. It's not just the humaniforms; interplanetary transports provide "internal massages" to their passengers, both to pass the time and to pad them against acceleration, but probably the most questionable example is when Freya has sex with a sentient *hotel*.
30th Nov '15 10:04:22 AM FF32
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* FlatEarthAtheist: Most robots, based on design schematics and such, believe that they were created by human beings. A few, however, believe in [[StrawmanPolitical the holy doctrine of Evolution]], and its prophets [[CharlesDarwin Darwin]], [[RichardDawkins Dawkins]], and Gould.

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* FlatEarthAtheist: Most robots, based on design schematics and such, believe that they were created by human beings. A few, however, believe in [[StrawmanPolitical the holy doctrine of Evolution]], and its prophets [[CharlesDarwin Darwin]], [[RichardDawkins [[UsefulNotes/RichardDawkins Dawkins]], and Gould.
28th Nov '15 5:13:18 PM WillBGood
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** There's a brief reference to one of Stross' other works, [[HaltingState]]. In that book, "Hentai Animatics" is a company writing computer games. By the time of ''Saturn's Children'', they're designing sexbots like Freya.

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** There's a brief reference to one of Stross' other works, [[HaltingState]].''Literature/HaltingState''. In that book, "Hentai Animatics" is a company writing computer games. By the time of ''Saturn's Children'', they're designing sexbots like Freya.
18th Aug '15 8:21:57 AM Ru
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The sequel, ''Neptune's Brood'', is set 5,000 years later. The story follows a mild-mannered "[[MechanicalLifeforms metahuman]]" named Krina as she searches for her sister on the water world of Shin-Tethys. Along the way she is abducted - then hired - by SpacePirates, stalked by a [[{{Doppelganger}} Doppelgänger]] assassin, and unravels the complex financial cons that permeate the interstellar economy. All the while she holds her own secrets about the "Atlantis Carnet", the key to either the greatest treasure in the galaxy or its greatest scam.
18th Aug '15 8:19:00 AM Ru
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** Played straighter in ''Neptune's Brood'' where stray and escaped "mechanocytes" have started to form a strange new [[MechanicalLifeform web of life]] that so far consists mostly of scavengers, and any metahuman damaged to the point of losing sentience either decomposes into its component mechanocytes or becomes a ravening zombie until it consumes enough resources to restore itself.



** Completely averted in ''Neptune's Brood'': the robots have developed further and no longer have obedience hard-coded. They've resurrected humanity several times but we keep dying out. As such, they refer to us as "The Fragile" and view us with a kind of pity.



** In ''Neptune's Brood'' this applies to Krina Alizond-114 and her "sisters", who are all clones of their mother Sondra Alizond.



* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: Justified. The (extinct) "[[ThankTheMaker Creators]]" never figured out how to program self-aware AIs from scratch. Instead they just copied the way human brains work. Played with in ''Neptune's Brood'' where the "robots" are advanced mechanical lifeforms with their own kind of biology and cells. The main character basically looks human, but many metahumans take other wildy different forms, such as bats, mermaids, or octopi.

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* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: Justified. The (extinct) "[[ThankTheMaker Creators]]" never figured out how to program self-aware AIs from scratch. Instead they just copied the way human brains work. Played with in ''Neptune's Brood'' where the "robots" are advanced mechanical lifeforms with their own kind of biology and cells. The main character basically looks human, but many metahumans take other wildy different forms, such as bats, mermaids, or octopi.



** Played a little more seriously in ''Neptunes Brood'' with the Church of the Fragile, which is dedicated to fulfilling the robots' original purpose of spreading old-fashioned organic humanity throughout the universe. If only we didn't keep going extinct on them...



* SeriousBusiness: In ''Neptune's Brood'' banking and finance have effectively beome diplomacy and war, audits are frequently fatal, and insurance adjusters bear letters of Marque and Reprisal.



** In ''Neptune's Brood'', there is a pirate crew who call themselves [[Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife The Crimson Permanent Assurance]] who [[spoiler:turn out to be unusually aggressive insurance underwriters]].



* {{Transhumanism}}: by the time of ''Neptune's Brood'' robots have effectively become humanity, (aka "metahumanity") with a physiology that combines the best of synthetic and biological processes ("marrow", "techne" and mechanocytes.)
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