Summary

George Simling has grown up in the city-state of Illyria, an enclave of logic and reason founded as a refuge from the Reaction, a wave of religious fundamentalism that swept away the nations of the 21st century. Yet to George, Illyria's militant rationalism is as close-minded and stifling as the faith-based superstition that dominates the world outside its walls. For George has fallen in love with Lucy. A prostitute. A robot. She might be a machine, but the semblance of life is perfect. And beneath her good looks and real human skin, her seductive, sultry, sluttish software is simmering on the edge of consciousness. To the city authorities robot sentience is a malfunction, curable by periodically erasing and resetting silicon minds. Simple maintenance, no real problem, it’s only a machine. But it’s a problem for George, he knows that Lucy is something more.
Chris Beckett is a university lecturer living in Cambridge. He has written over 20 short stories, many of them originally published in Interzone and Asimov's. In 2009 he won the Edge Hill Short Story competition for his collection of stories, The Turing Test.
©2013 Chris Beckett (P)2013 Audible Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jack Auty on 28-10-16

brilliant!

A page turning criticism of extreme views be they religious or science based. interesting characters in a dystopian world not that dissimilar to now.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Ron on 25-10-15

ermm not very good not very bad

This didn't work for me, I felt disconnected from the character, and couldn't really care what happened to them, the world created for them seem too far fetched for me and the main characters switch from one county top another only seemed to confirm this. The sub plot didn't seem to have any point or added anything to the book, I was overall disappointed, though for a daily deal probably got my moneys worth.

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