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Day Zero

by C. Robert Cargill

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Day Zero by C. Robert Cargill
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    May 2021, 304 pages

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An action-packed science fiction novel about a robot rebellion against humanity, and a boy's special bond with the stuffed tiger "nannybot" determined to protect him.

When you read a science fiction novel, you must suspend your disbelief to a certain degree. Some authors of this genre will emphasize science over fiction, making the worlds in which their stories take place far more "believable" — though the fiction can be left wanting for it. Others promote fiction over science, building a narrative strong enough to help the reader overlook the most glaring disconnects between the world presented on the page and the known rules of the universe.

Day Zero straddles a murky zone somewhere between these two approaches. This is a strength — at times. It leads to disjointed reading at others.

The story explores well-known tropes of the genre — robots, artificial intelligence and free will. Isaac Asimov is arguably the quintessential writer on the topic, though many others have built on his work. In the prologue of Day Zero, C. Robert ...

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