Code of the Lifemaker
by James P. Hogan

Another excellent sci-fi novel. Robots evolve consciousness on a moon of Saturn and establish a primitive culture. Humans discover their world and try to colonize them to extract minerals. A famous scam artist and his team are on board the spaceship sent from Earth. They become the heroes who defend the rights of the self-conscious robots.

This novel is strong on depictions of gullibility, exploitation, evolution of machines, religious fraud, government fraud, propaganda, how colonization works, how people and human-like robots can be manipulated. He switches back and forth to present the logic of the situation from the perspectives of the leaders in the various camps. It is very clever.

Year Read: 2000


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