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The Mad Scientist's Daughter

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ISBN13: 9780857662651
ISBN10: 0857662651
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Staff Pick

"I believe I'm one of a kind."

In a world full of sentient robots exploited by humankind, Cat knows there is no one else like her childhood tutor, Finn.

The tapestry of her life is woven with uncertainty and loss as she makes increasingly poor decisions in her struggle to conform to the expectations of society. Can she find an acceptable way to express what she feels for Finn? And can he truly return those feelings?

This literary S-F romance is atmospheric, sensual, and sad, full of smoke and longing, putting to the reader the question: Can androids really love, or is it always just a program?
Recommended by Kara, Powell's Books at PDX

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“Cat, this is Finn. He’s going to be your tutor.”

Finn looks and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task now is to tutor Cat. As she grows into a beautiful young woman, Finn is her guardian, her constant companion… and more.

But when the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world.

Review:

“Cassandra Rose Clarke has delivered a novel that is brave enough to take on one of the largest issue’s confronting all of us today — just what exactly it means to be human in a time when the definition of such seems to alter almost daily in the face of whirlwind technological change. The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is a haunting, memorable, and very original love story, told in an alluringly graceful prose.” Peter LaSalle, author of Tell Borges If You See Him: Tales of Contemporary Somnambulism

About the Author

Cassandra Rose Clarke is a speculative fiction writer and occasional teacher living amongst the beige stucco and overgrown pecan trees of Houston, Texas. She is a graduate of the 2010 Clarion West Writers Workshop and holds a Masters degree in creative writing from the University of Texas at Austin. Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons. The author lives in Houston, TX.

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The Lost Entwife, November 19, 2013 (view all comments by The Lost Entwife)
he science-fiction/romance genre is an interesting one. I've read some extremely good books that have come of it and some books that, well, it was obvious that the author was interested in writing about his/her fantasy and not about putting out a story that would appeal to a wider audience. Thankfully, The Mad Scientist's Daughter has an appeal that will reach a wide group of people, especially those who are fans of Audrey Niffenegger's books.

In many ways, The Mad Scientist's Daughter reminded me of The Time Traveler's Wife. There's the element of a young girl meeting the future love of her life and growing up knowing him, the dash of science fiction - not hardcore enough to turn away the less experienced in the genre, but enough to give the book a bit of that feel. And, finally, there's the ultimate struggle and the knowledge that one will continue to live with the other eventually passes away.

In The Mad Scientist's Daughter, young Cat grows up with an android tutor named Finn. For a long while, she believes him to be a ghost. Her parents are torn on the issue of having Finn around and the world around Cat treats artificial intelligence as you might expect: creatures without feelings or desires or hopes, essentially slaves. It reminded me a bit of the back story of the Cylons in Battlestar Galactica, if you will permit me to get really geeky for a moment. And similar to that story, there is a definite movement toward the autonomy of those robots or the ability of the robots to govern themselves, without having to bow to the human element of power.

Cat's journey, from child to wife and finally to understanding of her own actions and their effect on Finn makes for an interesting story. It brings up points that question the morality of creating intelligence and inhibiting it in some way. I was thoroughly engrossed in Cat's struggle as well as Finn's and anxious to see a resolution that left me feeling satisfied, which I got... eventually. I very much recommend this book for those who are looking for something a bit out of the ordinary, or any who are looking to read something a bit science-fiction without all the strange terms and inventions to keep straight.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780857662651
Author:
Clarke, Cassandra Rose
Publisher:
Angry Robot
Subject:
Romance - Fantasy
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.4 x 5.5 x 1.03 in 0.9 lb

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Product details 400 pages Angry Robot - English 9780857662651 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

"I believe I'm one of a kind."

In a world full of sentient robots exploited by humankind, Cat knows there is no one else like her childhood tutor, Finn.

The tapestry of her life is woven with uncertainty and loss as she makes increasingly poor decisions in her struggle to conform to the expectations of society. Can she find an acceptable way to express what she feels for Finn? And can he truly return those feelings?

This literary S-F romance is atmospheric, sensual, and sad, full of smoke and longing, putting to the reader the question: Can androids really love, or is it always just a program?

"Review" by , “Cassandra Rose Clarke has delivered a novel that is brave enough to take on one of the largest issue’s confronting all of us today — just what exactly it means to be human in a time when the definition of such seems to alter almost daily in the face of whirlwind technological change. The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is a haunting, memorable, and very original love story, told in an alluringly graceful prose.”
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