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Book Title: The Cybernetic Shogun|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 814 KB
v The author of the book: Victor Milán
Edition: William Morrow & Company
Date of issue: March 1st 1990
ISBN 13: 9781557100030
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Read full description of the books The Cybernetic Shogun:This just never solidified into something that made me want to continue the pages, even after giving it over 100 pages. Part of the problem might be that this is the sequel to a book I haven't read, The Cybernetic Samurai. It's not that I felt lost though, despite the political complexities of this future earth that weeks before had waged World War IV. But I never connected with the characters, the prose is no more than decent, and I felt I've read this all before. It probably didn't help I read this coming from excellent novels by Connie Willis that had strong style, characters and ideas. In The Cybernetic Shogun we're introduced to two warring Artificial Intelligences, HIDETADA and MUSASHI. They're the "children" of TOKUGAWA, a self-aware and sentient computer who committed suicide rather than rule over a resurgent Japanese Empire. HIDETADA wants to take over and bring order to a world in chaos while MUSASHI renounces that sort of power. From the beginning they've initiated a war of their own against each other. I couldn't help but compare this book to Orson Scott Card's Xenocide and Robert Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Both books created worlds and characters as a backdrop to their sentient computers that were fascinating, and their artificial intelligences were endearing--and from the beginning. I just didn't feel that same kind of pull with Milan's book.
Read information about the authorVictor Woodward Milán is an American writer known for libertarian science fiction and an interest in cybernetics. In 1986 he won the Prometheus Award for Cybernetic Samurai. He has also written several shared universe works for the Forgotten Realms, Star Trek, and Wild Cards Universes. He has also written books under the pseudonyms Richard Austin (Jove Books The Guardians series), Robert Baron (Jove Books Stormrider series), and S. L. Hunter (Steele series with Simon Hawke, who used the pen name J. D. Masters). He also wrote at least 9 novels under the "house name" of James Axler for the Harlequin Press/Gold Eagle Books Deathlands series & Outlanders series.
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