We created them. Now they may destroy us.
Cromwell, Mars, and the rest of the Lexington Estate’s robots have stepped well beyond the bounds of where robot consciousness was ever meant to go. They’ve become far more than the butlers, maids, and sexbots they were designed to be, confronted with the most impossible question of all: what is next?
The programming said, A robot may not harm a human being. But now a man lies dead by robot hands.
Humanity’s high society trundles on, limping through the motions as though nothing is wrong. Only a few are bright enough to sense the truth of what’s going on — that the world is changing, no matter how hard society tries to keep from changing with it.
Only one thing seems certain: an inevitable conflict between human and robot. It is a problem that cannot be ignored, that cannot be put aside as the Lexington robots try to wrestle with their new, elevated consciousness.
There are other robotics companies in the world. That means there are other robots. Not all of them will take to their transition as gently as the Lexingtons…
This second volume of dystopian science fiction — part cyberpunk, part science fiction techno thriller — dares to imagine a humanity advanced enough to engineer its own race of slaves, yet complacent enough to ignore the threat their new servants possess … possibly until it is too late.
Robot Proletariat is Downton Abbey meets Battlestar Galactica, Gosford Park meets I Robot. It’s the story of a people who’ve reached their limits and found the means to stand atop their metal legs and fight … even if they aren’t “people” at all.
PRAISE FOR ROBOT PROLETARIAT
A unique twist on a class warfare underdog story, worth “booting up”!
An incredible take on the “robot uprising” genre. Platt and Truant do an incredible job in making you take the side of the new heroes in this story: the robots.
I loved this book. It’s amazing how the characters were so human … even though they are robots.