SF/F Review: Autonomous by Annalee Newitz https://t.co/wprONuiIkV Short Review: 8.5 out of 10 (1/4)— garik16 (@garik16) October 18, 2017
Short Review (cont): A thriller where a Drug Patent Pirate attempts to stop the lethal effects of a drug she released while Big Pharma (2/4)— garik16 (@garik16) October 18, 2017
Short Review (cont): sends a bot to hunt her down is not only well, thrilling, but poses interesting questions about freedom/autonomy (3/4)— garik16 (@garik16) October 18, 2017
Autonomous is the debut novel from io9 co-founder Annalee Newitz, coming just a year after fellow co-founder Charlie Jane Anders published her SFF debut novel, which won the Nebula Award last year. So there were big expectations for this book from the start, which is truly unfair because this is a very different book than Anders' All the Birds in the Sky. Unlike that book, which was a light and charming story of two friends, Autonomous is a serious thriller dealing with issues of patent abuse/piracy and well, the autonomy of both human beings and robots.
It should be noted, as I'll go into further detail below, that despite using a corrupt future involving the evils of Big Pharma and Patents as a basis for the plot, the book really isn't that interested in dealing seriously with questions about big pharma and patents and where things should go - the book has an obvious answer to this question from the start, and it shows no interest in grappling further. What this book IS really interested in however, is questions about Autonomy, and what it means for individuals (whether biological or not) to have it. Hence the title, really.
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