Books Magazine

"iRobot" by Guy Haley

Posted on the 25 February 2013 by Jimblack78
Title:  iRobot
Author:  Guy Haley
First Publication:  Interzone, Jan-Feb 2013
Cover Artist:  Jim Burns

Thank you, Guy Haley.

This short story reminds me why I like science fiction.  It is about the last functioning robot on Earth.  Humanity has died out but it is still trying to fulfill it's programming.

The title is obviously a tribute to Isaac Asimov's classic story with the same name.  Looking back even further, it is also the name of an older story by two brothers who wrote under the name Eando Binder.  In more recent times, Cory Doctorow also used this title.

Why do I like this story so much?  In addition to the title reminding me of Asimov, the writing also reminds me of the short fiction of another favorite of mine-Roger Zelazny.  The idea of the last robot on Earth is a story that Zelazny might have written in his prime.

It is worth buying this issue of Interzone for this story alone.  I will definitely be adding more of Haley's works to my "to be read" pile.

Illustration by Jim Burns

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Christians Believe Jesus Physically Rose From The Dead – Right?

    Christians Believe Jesus Physically Rose From Dead Right?

    Written by faithandselfdefense We should not be surprised that atheists, agnostics, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and other non-Christians do not believe in... Read more

    The 21 September 2018 by   Mmcgee
  • Cheers to the Weekend: Nectarine Thyme Whiskey Cocktails

    Cheers Weekend: Nectarine Thyme Whiskey Cocktails

    Hey! Hi! Hello! It's time for another installment of Cheers to the Weekend, when we chat life over wine or cocktails. This weekend, I'm serving up Nectarine... Read more

    The 21 September 2018 by   Withthegrains
  • Restaurant Marketing Tips in 2018

    Get a Website A website is a MUST for any business. Maybe one of the most important restaurant marketing tips we can offer. Without a website, how can people... Read more

    The 21 September 2018 by   Ironwood Finance
  • Best Things A Student Can Do To Make Money In Nigeria

    The stress of being a student in Nigeria is hectic. From the lecture hall to the library, buying textbooks and handouts, reading, paying your school fees,... Read more

    The 21 September 2018 by   Naijapary
  • Day Trip: Ten Hours In Austin, TX

    It was 12:15 pm when my plane touched down at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. A jet-lagged stranger in a strange place, I wondered what Austin, TX migh... Read more

    The 21 September 2018 by   Davedtc
  • Bionova Vitamin E Cream Review

    Bionova Vitamin Cream Review

    Even after been into skincare from the past few years I have never had a chance to use a special vitamin E cream. Not that it never crossed my mind, but with... Read more

    The 21 September 2018 by   Skincarevilla
  • Friday Q&A: Can You Straighten Your Spine?

    Friday Q&A: Straighten Your Spine?

    Q: I have a question regarding the spine. In my yoga class, the teacher often tells us to "keep a tall spine" or "Keep your spine straight". I can understand th... Read more

    The 21 September 2018 by   Ninazolotow