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Solo de Robert Mason
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Solo (edição: 1992)

de Robert Mason (Autor)

Séries: Weapon (book 2)

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Solo, the combat robot hero from Weapon returns. His mission: to rescue his traumatically twisted mechanical twin, Nimrod, from its CIA trainers. But Nimrod has other plans. Safely ensconced in his jungle hideaway, Solo uplinks to the satellite network that circles the globe, and discovered an amazing fact. He's not alone. There's another one like him. Code-named Nimrod, it has the same extraordinary physical and computer-reasoning abilities as Solo. In all senses but the biological, the two are brothers, bound by a tie they share with no other creature on earth. Determined not to repeat the mistakes they made with Solo and its humanistic education, the Army is conditioning Nimrod with electronically induced pain reinforcement. in fact, they've created a monster. Instead of the unquestioningly obedient robot it appears to be, Nimrod is a brilliant paranoid, with no moral core and the strength of thirty men. It is more than superhuman, and ultimately, it is uncontrollable. Leaving his sanctuary, Solo hitches a ride in the bilge compartment of a banana boat and arrives in New York-the one place in America his satellites scans have told him a six-foot-two, three-hundred-pound, man-shaped machine covered in carbon fiber may pass unnoticed-and prepares to rescue Nimrod. But the Pentagon knows Solo will not be able to resist the temptation of a soul mate, and using Nimrod as bait, it lures Solo into a trap meant to destroy the robot. As Solo strategizes his assault, Nimrod quietly begins to discover its power, and to plot its own violent revenge. The stage is set for the ultimate confrontation, one that will keep readers on the edge of their seats and once again establish Robert Mason as a unique master of high-tech adventure.… (mais)
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Informação:Putnam Adult (1992), 256 pages
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My reactions to reading this novel in 1997. Spoilers follow.

An enjoyable sequel to Mason’s Weapon.

As with that book, Mason does a nice job of characterizing Solo. This book has more humor than Weapon as Solo does not always succeed in passing himself off as human amongst the eccentrics of New York City. The high point off humor comes as Solo ponders a copy of The Joy of Sex and wonders why humans haven't settled on one way to have sex given how long they’ve been around.

The character of Laura Johnson-Reynolds, widow, traumatized rape victim, and part-time bag lady was a bit unbelievable, but I liked her rapport with Solo and how he becomes her friend and protector as he does with the Nicaraguan villagers in the earlier novel. I also liked Bill Stewart, Solo’s creator, friend, and one of the few believers in his sentience returning for a major plot point. The plot was even more exciting than Weapon. I thought the character of Nimrod, Solo’s replacement, was well done too. Kept ignorant and coerced with pain, Nimrod is sentient but insane, and he unleashes his fury on his creators when he learns they are different and weaker than him. Solo risks his life to save Nimrod, his “family”, though the effort costs both their bodies and, at novel’s end, their intelligences inhabit the cybersphere.

Solo’s control and adventures in the cybersphere were realistic and interesting. Though there is a sf tradition of artificial intelligences inhabiting the cybersphere going back to at least Frederik Pohl’s Man Plus (and continuing through Vernor Vinge’s True Names, John Varley’s “Press Enter ”, and William Gibson’s Sprawl trilogy), this is the earliest novel I can recall where the intelligence primarily inhabits in a mobile, humanoid robot. ( )
  RandyStafford | Jul 24, 2013 |
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Solo, the combat robot hero from Weapon returns. His mission: to rescue his traumatically twisted mechanical twin, Nimrod, from its CIA trainers. But Nimrod has other plans. Safely ensconced in his jungle hideaway, Solo uplinks to the satellite network that circles the globe, and discovered an amazing fact. He's not alone. There's another one like him. Code-named Nimrod, it has the same extraordinary physical and computer-reasoning abilities as Solo. In all senses but the biological, the two are brothers, bound by a tie they share with no other creature on earth. Determined not to repeat the mistakes they made with Solo and its humanistic education, the Army is conditioning Nimrod with electronically induced pain reinforcement. in fact, they've created a monster. Instead of the unquestioningly obedient robot it appears to be, Nimrod is a brilliant paranoid, with no moral core and the strength of thirty men. It is more than superhuman, and ultimately, it is uncontrollable. Leaving his sanctuary, Solo hitches a ride in the bilge compartment of a banana boat and arrives in New York-the one place in America his satellites scans have told him a six-foot-two, three-hundred-pound, man-shaped machine covered in carbon fiber may pass unnoticed-and prepares to rescue Nimrod. But the Pentagon knows Solo will not be able to resist the temptation of a soul mate, and using Nimrod as bait, it lures Solo into a trap meant to destroy the robot. As Solo strategizes his assault, Nimrod quietly begins to discover its power, and to plot its own violent revenge. The stage is set for the ultimate confrontation, one that will keep readers on the edge of their seats and once again establish Robert Mason as a unique master of high-tech adventure.

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