Saturn's Children

Saturn's Children

A Space Opera

Book - 2008
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Sometime in the twenty-third century, humanity went extinct, leaving only androids behind to fulfill humanity's dreams. And, having learned well from their long-dead masters, they've established a hierarchical society--one with humanoid aristo rulers at the top and slave-chipped workers at the bottom, performing the lowly tasks all androids were originally created to do.

Designed as a concubine for a species that hasn't existed for two hundred years, femmebot Freya Nakamichi-47--one of the last of her kind still functioning--accepts a job from a stranger to deliver a package from mercury to Mars. Unfortunately, she's just made herself a moving target for some very powerful, very determined humanoids desperate to retrieve the package's contents...
Publisher: New York : Berkley Pub. Group, c2008.
Edition: Ace mass-market ed. --
ISBN: 9780441017317
Characteristics: 321 p.


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ChristchurchLib Jun 09, 2016

Humanity's extinction leaves femmebot Freya Nakamichi 47, a concubine android designed for human clients, sadly out of work. In the centuries after humanity's end, android society develops an all-too familiar class system: "slave-chipped" lower-class droids work for a wealthy minority of "aristo" droids, who continue their human creators' dreams of space exploration. Super-sexy Freya struggles to remain a free agent, and -- fleeing the unwanted attention of a powerful aristo -- accepts work ferrying a mysterious package between Mercury and Mars. Author Charles Stross (a two-time Hugo winner) received a 2009 Hugo nomination for this old-school, adults-only (warning: explicit android sex), pulpy SF/space mystery praised by Booklist as "one of the most stylishly imaginative robot tales ever penned."

Aug 13, 2015

A homage to Robert Heinlein's novel Friday, updating and expanding it, but still the same in style and substance. Very funny references to robot religion, including how they perceive us as their god like 'Creators.'

ikehull Jul 08, 2013

This is definitely not one of Stross's better books. If you are new to Charles Stross, don't start here. The characters are not as interesting as in several of his other books, and you won't find the usual number of fascinating SF concepts packed into this one, either. Start with "Accelerando," "Glasshouse," or (with Cory Doctorow) "Rapture of the Nerds" instead.

Hellfarth Aug 16, 2012

Over exposition, too much backstory

Apr 11, 2012

As this was my first Stross novel, I have to say overall, I didn't enjoy this book. The plot was all over the place. It was difficult to get an idea what was going on half the time. Don't let the sexy cover fool you. Give this one a pass.

Nov 27, 2010

I usually enjoy Stross's books, but this one is an exception. It's missing the creativity of his other stories: the world doesn't get too much detail and the characters are weak. Even the timing of the plot is poor.

Avoid this one.

Jun 26, 2010

The best homage to Robert Heinlein ever published...

Freya = Friday ... and I'm sure you'll find so much more

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