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Review: Eating Robots and Other Stories. Black Mirror-ish stories from the demented mind of Stephen Oram

The future is bright…or is it?

Step into a high-tech vision of the future with the author of Quantum Confessions and Fluence, Stephen Oram.

Featuring health-monitoring mirrors, tele-empathic romances and limb-repossessing bailiffs, Eating Robots explores the collision of utopian dreams and twisted realities in a world where humanity and technology are becoming ever more intertwined.

Sometimes funny, often unsettling, and always with a word of warning, these thirty sci-fi shorts will stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page.

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As a fan of Science Fiction, I think that’s what initially caught my eye. I enjoy stories set in a tech future, especially ones that cause the reader to pause and think for a moment. Eating Robots by Stephen Oram is a collection of Sci-Fi short stories that does just that. The best way for me to describe it is to imagine if the Black Mirror series were written in short story format. I think Stephen Oram’s stories really come close to the uneasiness that Black Mirror gives the audience. The stories are imaginative, clever and at times disturbing.

These stories also reminded me of other books and films I’d seen in the past: Repo Men, etc. Crichton was good at showing how the technology we rely on daily could easily turn against us. Demon Seed, a 1977 Sci-Fi horror film about an AI home that goes horribly wrong, could have easily been in this collection. Oram covers a wide range, from A.I.s revolting to the actions of desperate humans. Some of the stories felt way too short and left me asking, “But what happens next?!” Whereas others had an obvious, inevitable conclusion.

All in all, this was an entertaining read and great for someone like me who’s been so busy lately. Short bites of good stories to entertain for the moment between doctor’s office visits and work. For fans of Sci-Fi, especially along the lines of Twilight Zone, Black Mirror and the like, they’ll certainly enjoy this collection from Stephen Oram.

Disclosure: I received a free ebook in exchange for an honest review.


About the Author

Stephen Oram writes thought provoking stories that mix science fiction with social comment, mainly in a recognisable near-future. He is the Author in Residence at Virtual Futures’, once described as the ‘Glastonbury of cyberculture’. He has collaborated with scientists and future-tech people to write short stories that create debate about potential futures, most recently with the Human Brain Project and Bristol Robotics Laboratory as part of the Bristol Literature Festival.

As a teenager he was heavily influenced by the ethos of punk. In his early twenties he embraced the squatter scene and was part of a religious cult, briefly. He did some computer stuff in what became London’s silicon roundabout and is now a civil servant with a gentle attraction to anarchism.

He has two published novels – Quantum Confessions and Fluence – and several shorter pieces.

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