Publish date: August 1st 1993
Pages no: 566
Edition language: English
(original review, 1998)I liked “Steel Beach” by John Varley much more than I expected, as the AI is much more insidious that we usually see in most contemporary SF. Most of the others assume that an AI would go rogue, but "Steel Beach" assumes the opposite, that the AI would work exactly as designed...
An excellent book, with a great world and character build. The story is excellent and very unpredictable, even the ending was a complete surprise to me. One extra side note: one may want to read [b:Stranger in a Strange Land|350|Stranger in a Strange Land|Robert A. Heinlein|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.clo...
Just when I thought I'd fangirled Mr. Varley as much as I could, I read this. OMG! Gender, children, our ever-increasing dependence on technology, computer science, depression, the importance of journalism, and lots of little adventures spicing up the great big plot. It's thick, it's thoughtful, and...