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Sean has Irish origins, was born in Peru, raised in Argentina and is currently living in Mexico. A sci-fi fan. Works in IT and fully involved in digital marketing for consumer goods companies. Happily married to Nati and father of three wonderful kids: Cata, Tom and Maggie.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 46 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (April 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482335778
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482335774
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,354,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well written and straight to the point. A must read for inquisitive minds.
The story invites debate on many levels.
If all our needs are met, where would we head? What would we do next?
What do we work for, just to satisfy our needs of food and shelter? or do we do it to satisfy a deep rooted need for purpose?
Where is the "electronics industry" heading?
Will we ultimately be replaced by machines? and if we are, what will we do about it?
This is a tale that defies beliefs and opens possibilities.
Truly fascinating.
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I didn't simply read this book...I devoured it.
Although robotics is such a common setting for Science Fiction, I found "Robots on Strike!" a refreshing tale of the possible and realistic repercussions scientific advancement may have, not only on man as an individual, but upon society and mankind in general.
It's reference to Asimov, who not only coined the term, but set the basis for all things "robotic", sets the tone for a tale about computer miniaturization, wireless communication, cloud resource sharing and the exponential growth of technology. But what really sets this book apart is that all of these advancements are not some farfetched idea about the future.
These are actual technologies, concepts and advancements that are found and affect our everyday lives. They are drawn into the future in a logical way that makes the subject much more topical.
The author proposes solutions to the social problems these new technologies present. How to handle a society with no need for a workforce? What are our goals as a species once our basic needs have been met?
In a genre that has fallen prey to monster tales and scare tactics, I found the author willing to engage the reader over a real and meaningful question...where are we headed?
I sincerely hope to see more.
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I really wanted to like this a lot, but I couldn't do more than a 'sort of' like. The novel is very quick, with the plot points just coming up in a neat little line. There's no real characterization, and the little bit of history you get doesn't seem to serve any good purpose. While I like the ideas that are approached, with having robots replacing the human workforce in increasing numbers, and the further developments resulting from that, it just felt too rushed.

And I also didn't care for how flippant Tom as about the Three Laws he admits to using from Asimov. It seemed to me that the entirety of I, Robot made it clear that the laws are not infallible. Pretty much things kept messing up because though they sounded good, they couldn't foresee every possible situation.

The way the dialogue was written was annoying too. It kept pulling me away from the story, making the book feel more like a first or second draft, or something like that. Would be curious to see what else Mr. Dowd will do in the future, but this book alone would make me a touch hesitant to read other reviews of other works first.
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This short explores an interesting paradox predicated on one of Asimov's three laws of robotics. The paradox presented is quite thought provoking and I think that is why Asimov's three laws continue to spark intriguing concepts for intellectual science fiction. Clever and well written I enjoyed this short.
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I enjoyed the story but the format was too much like excerpts from a day planner which made it very dry reading. It's would certainly be the sort of work that could stimulate philosophical debate and present cause for examining the human endeavor as it relates to our usefulness and purpose. I also enjoyed the robot's review of the three laws of robotics. Good story.
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Robots on Strike! follows in the tradition of Isaac Asimov's robots novels. Humans develop robots, but then an issue develops with the laws robots are required to obey. I appreciated the big philosophical concepts introduced in this story that make you think. However, there isn't much else to the story. It lacks character development, and almost characters in general. The dialog and plot are also minimal.
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It is amazing that in 45 pages I should live the most amazing future world. Dowd has managed to put it all in there with a precise use of past and present, creating suspense and putting my mind in a "What if" mode all through. Awaiting the sequel anxiously! and the future film...whatever comes first!
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Tom Delaney opens a new frontier to this world.
It's fantastically written. Dowd makes you stop and formulate all sort of hypotheses. What If's...... A totally different dimension is created.
Great book! Really hope to watch this happen. Waiting for more to come.
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