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R. Anthony Mahan is nineteen years old and has aspired to be a writer since winning a short story contest in the fourth grade, which caused him to discover his new-found passion. He's always been fascinated by the potential that could lie within our future, and has thus selected science fiction as his genre of choice. Ryan finds robots in fiction generally more relatable than human characters. Many conventional works of fiction have featured robots turning evil and rebelling, with humanity painted as the heroic figures fighting against them. However, mankind is not perfect, and in fact, humanity itself is perfectly capable of evil. Because of this R. Anthony Mahan decided to create a deconstruction of the typical robot story. The robots never rebel, continuing to do the tasks they were programmed to, yet we see the human characters steadily de-evolving and committing atrocities against these machines. The novel attempts to examine how society would seriously be impacted by such machines existing and becoming widespread. Would businesses hiring these machines affect employment rates? Would violence against these robots become commonplace, and would new laws be necessary to prevent such action? What sort of person would be willing to invent these machines, and why? If these robots have the same level of intelligence as human beings, does this also include emotional intelligence? If circumstances called for it, could they feel anger, grief, or even love? "But Whether Men Do" is an examination of the robot that provides a sobering punch of realism to the creature that has captivated the minds of science fiction readers for so long.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Futureword Publishing (June 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984190384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984190386
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,447,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I went into But Whether Men Do not knowing what to expect. I knew the basics from reading the summary here on Amazon, but that was it. It took me a little over two weeks to finish, and I loved every minute of it. All of the human characters felt very believable to me, and the recurring SHEM characters also seemed very human in their portrayals. I would recommend this book to any fan of science fiction.
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If you are a fan of classic science fiction, you won't want to miss this.
You have just discovered an author who doesn't pull punches. Who doesn't shy away from sheerness of genre or difficult subjects. Who has achieved mastery over the creation of lifelike characters; synthetic humanoids with plausible personalities, behavior, and dialog (pleasant but bad at empathy); and a coherent, disturbing vision of the future.
Mahan takes the reader forward at just the right pace; the plot is also very solid, and gets rapidly better/more engrossing as it unfolds. But what I felt were far more interesting were the small dramatic subplots that exposed the complex, subtle relationships between the synthetic and human characters. These really made the book.
I also enjoyed how the author avoids that sort of fake, hyperbolic, over-descriptive prose employed by most genre writers. He lets the real meat of the story carry it rather than relying on fluff. But his prose is excellent and fluid, and you do still get a very accurate image of what's going on.

Give this diamond in the rough a good, thorough read. It carries the rare distinction of being great genre fiction and solid literature, and like most good books is worth far more than its price.
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This is a very interesting book and would recommend it to anyone who would like to view life in a different way
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It definitely shows that this is Anthony's first novel as the writing is a bit clunky at times. It also reads like a fan-fic. I would definitely suggest something else, even if you were able to read this for free. Definitely not worth the time.
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My inherent robot-story bias prevents me from giving this gem of a story anything less than a five. An excellent twist on the evil-robot theme, with robots that AREN'T evil. After all these years, all these stories, I think it's more probable that when we do make smart robots, considerable safeguards make sense. Yet there is plenty of drama and danger despite the robotic perfection.

Although, if I were less personally biased, I might give it a 4 because sometimes the perspective jumps, and needs to be more clearly delineated. Some form of bracketing should be used to separate shifts in points of view and location. If I were a total tight-ass editor, I might complain about that.

Also, I think there's really no reason for some of the humans to worry about the chastity of the lifelike, female robots. No disease, no pregnancy, and clearly no hurt feelings.
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