In the lead-up to the publication of Machine Wars in April, I thought a little pre-reading might be in order. Helped by the intelli-swarm via Facebook and Twitter, here’s a range of books that feature our mechanical friend, the robot.
For Younger/Middle Readers
Norby, the Mixed-Up Robot – Isaac Asimov and Janet Asimov. Fun Asimov robot stories.
Ernest Pickle’s Remarkable Robot – Max Dann. A robot for a best friend?
The Andy Roid series – Felice Arena. Part robot, part boy, these action packed adventures zing along.
The Robot King – Brian Selznick, author of Hugo Cabret
The Monster Republic – Ben Horton. Teen cyborgs in a scary world.
I, Robot – Isaac Asimov. These stories feature Asimov’s famous ‘Three Laws of Robotics’
The Iron Giant – Ted Hughes. Masterly.
For older readers (some graphic contents, advanced concepts and themes)
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams. Hilarious fun with the memorable secondary character, Marvin the Paranoid Android.
Infernal Devices trilogy – Cassandra Clare.
Frozen/Shattered/Torn – Robin Wasserman.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Phillip K Dick. The classic SF novel that spawned Blade Runner.
Robocalypse – Daniel H Wilson. The end of the world, robot style?