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Ben H. Winters
Android Karenina
 
 
Author
Leo Tolstoy & Ben H. Winters.
Publisher Quirk  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.25 x 1.5 inches
ISBN 9781594744600
Pages/Publication Date 541/2010
Daedalus Item Code 13763
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The "co-author" of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, Ben Winters here collaborates with Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy to give us Android Karenina, in which the classic double love story is set in a dystopian world of serving robots, cyborgs, and interstellar space travel. From the first line—"Functioning robots are all alike; every malfunctioning robot malfunctions in its own way."—this reinvention serves the original surprisingly well, paralleling the dynamics of 19th-century Russia while providing the offbeat humor and surprising turns of Winters's previous excursions into classic literature.

"The next installment in Quirk's much-heralded sci-fi/classics mashup series, this steampunk take on Anna Karenina discards tsarist Russia for an alternate reality where a miracle metal, gronzium, has fueled the development of a thriving robot culture. Carriages and candlesticks persist, but everything is mechanized, including the servants: at the peak of the robot hierarchy are the near-sentient 'Class IIIs,' humanoid robots who aid and comfort their upper-class owners. These futuristic additions are more than background filler, though; Winters incorporates an entire action-packed sci-fi sub-plot, with terrorist attacks from a group of renegade scientists, an alien invasion, and the growing menace of a certain scorned cyborg husband. The sci-fi elements are carefully accomplished, sometimes brilliantly extrapolated from the original. The Class IIIs, for example, also act as telling externalizations of their masters: cold, duty-bound Karenin becomes half-robot and childish Kitty gets a pink, mechanized ballerina companion. Tolstoy's text is more than strong enough to stand up to this sort of treatment, its force attenuated just enough to allow Winters to integrate his additions—a feat he manages with aplomb."—Publishers Weekly

 
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Studio: Quirk.   Format: paperback. ISBN: 9781594744426.  Daedalus Item Code: 14236
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