Autonomous: A Novel
"Autonomous is to biotech and AI what Neuromancer was to the Internet."—Neal Stephenson
"Something genuinely and thrillingly new in the naturalistic, subjective, paradoxically humanistic but non-anthropomorphic depiction of bot-POV—and all in the service of vivid, solid storytelling."—William Gibson
When anything can be owned, how can we be free
Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate, traversing the world in a submarine as a pharmaceutical Robin Hood, fabricating cheap scrips for poor people who can’t otherwise afford them. But her latest drug hack has left a trail of lethal overdoses as people become addicted to their work, doing repetitive tasks until they become unsafe or insane.
Hot on her trail, an unlikely pair: Eliasz, a brooding military agent, and his robotic partner, Paladin. As they race to stop information about the sinister origins of Jack’s drug from getting out, they begin to form an uncommonly close bond that neither of them fully understand.
And underlying it all is one fundamental question: Is freedom possible in a culture where everything, even people, can be owned?
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - cindywho - www.librarything.com
Newitz explores a future where corporate/patent law and big pharma play parts in a society where humans and robots are more often indentured than autonomous. Jack is fighting the latter by reverse ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - xiaomarlo - www.librarything.com
As mentioned earlier, cyberpunk just doesn't do it for me these days. I do appreciate the diversity of characters and points of view in this novel, but I wasn't very interested in the world or the ... Read full review