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I first read this in 1987 and most recently on the 10th January 2002.
Cobb Anderson invented the intelligent, self-aware robots known as
Sadly the Boppers rebelled and escaped to the moon to set up
their own society. Meanwhile, back on Earth, Anderson was demonized,
treated as a traitor to the human race.
Now twenty years later, Anderson is an old man, a controlled
alcoholic, living in a Florida retirement home, waiting for his
aged and damaged heart to give out.
Meanwhile on the moon, three big boppers have been quietly gaining
control. Now they're getting bigger by subsuming smaller
boppers into their storage banks, denying them independent
existence. The big boppers have discovered that this works even better
with human brains.
The small independent boppers have rebelled against this dictatorship
by the big three. Now There's a full scale civil war going on, and
the big boys are losing, at least for the moment.
So when a Bopper representative of one of the three monster AIs
smuggles itself to Earth just to contact Anderson
face to face, Anderson knows it must be something momentous.
This was surprisingly good. For some reason I expected
a more black, a more down-and-dirty cyberpunk, from Rudy Rucker
than this simple but exciting tale of robotic rights and revolution.
I rather enjoyed Rucker's characters, in particular, Sta High, both
the real dude and the robot replica, was very entertaining.
Loaded on the 31st January 2003.