The Holy Machine

The Holy Machine

Paperback - 2003
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Illyria is a scientific utopia, an enclave of logic and reason founded off the Greek coast in the mid-twenty-first century as a refuge from the Reaction, a wave of religious fundamentalism sweeping the planet. Yet to George Simling, first generation son of a former geneticist who was left emotionally and psychically crippled by the persecution she encountered in her native Chicago, science-dominated Illyria is becoming as closed-minded and stifling as the religion-dominated world outside.
Published: New York : Cosmos Books, c2003.
ISBN: 9780843962048
Branch Call Number: F BEC
Characteristics: 288 p. ;,18 cm.


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Jul 20, 2012

Very well done.
A new take on the "robots developing awareness" theme. A lot of derivation, mind you, from "I, Robot", "Helen O'Loy" and a couple other sci-fi robot stories I've read but forgotten the names of.

The characters were interesting and very easy to keep track of. True and proper sci-fi, in that it's meant to show us something about ourselves via the mechanisms of technological change.

I read it in a weekend, which is a bit unusual.

May 08, 2012

Pretty average, Beckett does show some promise though, but needs to work on characterisation and how to pull off world building so it flows, rather than being dumped on the reader.

jimbedley Jan 29, 2012

A good short story apparently dragged out into a so-so novel. Very modern British fantasy in style. Unfortunately we stop caring about the anti-hero at least 100 pages before the words stop.


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