My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Now here’s a nice surprise…space-based science fiction that takes the same old and turns it into brand new.
Bob just sold his software company, and now he’s loaded and looking forward to a life of relaxation and retirement–right up until he is killed crossing the street. Lucky for Bob, the day before he had signed a contract with a cryogenics company…
…so he wakes up 117 years later to find things aren’t quite like he expected. Bob no longer has a body, for example. He’s now the AI part of a computer program designed to pilot space probes, and suddenly Bob finds himself Star Trek-ing through the galaxy in search of strange, new worlds.
Space-probe Bob can replicate himself, and before long there are many space-probe Bob’s, all with the same memories but slightly different personalities. They give themselves different names and take on different roles depending on what interests them. Soon there are scientist Bob’s, Battle Bob’s, Earth-rescuing Bob’s, Explorer Bob’s, all traveling the galaxy and becoming saviors of mankind.
The humor is nice and nerdy, the science is realistic, and the story is engaging. The Bob’s are surprisingly excellent as characters! All that, plus some really great writing, give unexpected and impressive depth to what–on the surface–sounds like a silly concept. There is plenty of fun, but I kept finding myself impressed by the applied science, written in a way that made dumb me feel smart because I could understand what was going on.
One f-bomb, no sex. I green light this one for anyone 14 and older who is nerdy enough to appreciate good Star Trek and Star Wars jokes.