The Last Machine in the Solar System (2020)

The Last Machine in the Solar System The Last Machine in the Solar System is pure science fiction at its best RT Book Reviews Reminiscent of the Foundation and Robot series of Asimov RetRead PodcastNearly three billion years into the fut
  • Title: The Last Machine in the Solar System
  • Author: Matthew Isaac Sobin
  • ISBN: 9781942645191
  • Page: 409
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Last Machine in the Solar System is pure science fiction at its best RT Book Reviews Reminiscent of the Foundation and Robot series of Asimov RetRead PodcastNearly three billion years into the future, the solar system is a very different place Earth is long gone, and the sun is a gray, shrunken dwarf All that remains of humanity and conscious thought is Jonat The Last Machine in the Solar System is pure science fiction at its best RT Book Reviews Reminiscent of the Foundation and Robot series of Asimov RetRead PodcastNearly three billion years into the future, the solar system is a very different place Earth is long gone, and the sun is a gray, shrunken dwarf All that remains of humanity and conscious thought is Jonathan the last machine Created to survive Earth s destruction by our ever expanding sun, Jonathan witnessed the end of life on Earth This is his story and that of his creator, Nikolai It is also the story of the human race, which failed to disentangle its destiny from the star that gave rise to all life forms on Earth.
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    1. This is one of those cases where when I started reading, I had to wonder what exactly I d gotten myself into I can t lie, I went into this expecting something totally different Make no mistake potentially interested readers This is hard sci fi, and it s not for everybody It s not my favorite genre to delve into, but I d actually been yearning for a momentary divergence from all the YA novels I ve been reading lately so maybe this was a blessing in disguise Either way, clocking in at around 80 pa [...]

    2. This novella hearkens back to the good old days of Asimov or the general Campbellian SF universe where we focus on the nuts and bolts of the universe, or in this case, the solar system, as our robot observer watches our old red sun engulf the planets.Of course, humanity is long dead We re talking billions of years and I have doubts about the next ten.That being said, this novella is very contemplative and enjoyable, adding little fun reflections on creativity and Jonathan s birth as well, but mo [...]

    3. 3.5 stars Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature The eponymous Last Machine in the solar system is an intelligent, sophisticated robot, one well built enough to survive for over two billion years That s long enough to observe the slow dying of our sun and to record the fate of humanity.Jonathan is a 7 foot tall, humanoid robot, endowed by his creator, Nikolai, with the ability to feel a range of human emotions, including curiosity, sorrow, love and loneliness Jonathan spends many years [...]

    4. Beautiful Really left me wanting because I absolutely loved the concept and loved its execution It s basically a memoir of the last robotic AI Jonathan that has outlived humanity by billions of years after the Earth meets its inevitable demise from our sun s murder suicide It is very contemplative in nature and though he takes us back to the moments of his creation and of his time with his creator Nikolai on Mars, not a lot really happens in this story But it is so beautifully written, and its [...]

    5. This whole story is exactly what the title indicates The solar system is gone and we are treated to the thoughts of the last machine in the solar system, who was built to actually witness the end of our solar system Very imaginative and I loved picturing the scene s he was seeing as he flew around our solar system documenting the changes in our universe A great addition to any sci fi fan s collection.I received this via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    6. I normally don t post reviews until I m within the 30 day publication range of a book, but it s been specially requested that I post this one, soThe Last Machine in the Solar System is a book that is surprisingly heavy for as small as it is Matthew Isaac Sobin gives us an unconventional look at the end of the world through the eyes of a robot A robot that was built specifically with the end goal in mind of observing the end of the world It is a book that is soft on the science part of science fi [...]

    7. Sobin has written a very philosophical sci fi piece I enjoyed it from start to finish and found the voice to be engaging and authentic to the last machine I think all of the ideas and thoughts in the novella are awesome, but I often felt they could have been developed This story is very cool, and left me wishing this novella were a novel Overall, this novella is thought provoking, smart, and I definitely recommend you spend a night reading it I also thought the graphics were a nice creative tou [...]

    8. Yes Classic sci fi makes a comeback with this tale hearkening back to the good old days of Isaac Asimov A must readeck out my full review on retread podcast youtu jiTkac67PwY t 42sCheck out my interview with the author at youtu _WLgTLlzxXg

    9. Short story about the meanderings of the last machine in the solar system, billions of years after mankind called it quits This is of a philosophical exercise in a sci fi setting than a novel.Entertaining enough though

    10. This isgood That s all Neither awful nor amazing It s justgood If had such an option, this would be a perfect candidate for 2.5 stars And that disappointment is what moved me to once break my self imposed abstention from reviewing books here.Ultimately, it feels either too long or too short the former because it could have accomplished the same goal in a simple short story the latter because it could have been a truly stunning novel but is thin half baked as a novella It s a disappointing waste [...]

    11. Expertly tiptoeing the line between hard sci fi and philosophy, Sobin s The Last Machine in the Solar System asks us to dispense with our predilection for the self insert of humanity in our universe s future a tactic in tone and setting I personally quite enjoyed as a refreshing, largely unexplored corner of popular contemporary science fiction The story of Jonathan, the machine, is by no means devoid of humanity On the contrary, through Sobin s thoughtful and at times exquisite prose in the voi [...]

    12. Thanks to Netgalley and Inkshares for the ARC 4 and a half stars Normally I find myself having to plow through 700 pages to get the kind of sci fi satisfaction that I got from this book, but this short little novelette gave me a lot of the things that are so difficult to find in modern sci fi The story is told from the perspective of a machine who has been alone not just since the destruction of the civilized portion of the solar system, but really since the death of his beloved creator For a bo [...]

    13. I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This is a short story from the point of view of an android built to outlive the death of humanity, Earth, Mars, and our solar system in general We witness his birth , his experiences on Earth and later Mars, and eventually moves on to billions of years later when the sun has become a white dwarf.Following the tradition of classic scifi, there is a lot of social commentary One major point is how humans can accomplish a lot if we [...]

    14. This short story, told from the perspective of a machine built to outlive and document humanity, takes the long view of human evolution and considers the transience of our existence, and just what we will leave behind For while the longevity of the machine nears immortality by human standards, its time spent monitoring and evaluating mankind s progress is simply inconsequential when compared to the celestial bodies that surround it Moving from Earth to the far reaches of the solar system, this u [...]

    15. I had the pleasure of reading a pre publication draft of The Last Machine in the Solar System This futuristic tale of loss, and of love, is sometimes chilling and sometimes haunting, and it always has the ring of truth Sobin skillfully weaves a story that will stick with you for a long, long time It s just that good.

    16. In this thought provoking debut, Matthew Sobin gives us the account of Jonathan, The titular last machine in the solar system and and in the process manages to channel the spirits of Asimov Bradbury and Clark Through Jonathan s eyes, we witnessed the death of the solar system and humanity, through his account and insights, we get an interesting look at the strengths and weaknesses of the human species from a point of view that is at once close enough to ours as to be relatable, and different eno [...]

    17. The Last Machine in the Solar System by Matthew Isaac Sobin is about as somber as the title sounds.A machine named Jonathan reflects on his creator Nikolai and the death of humanity His journey in space is also one to find a place to live out the rest of his days The human race was doomed because it stayed in our solar system, and was a victim of the Sun For a machine, Jonathan seems to have a lot of human emotion and eloquence of speech His musings are not without feeling.The book included some [...]

    18. We are but star dust floating in the abyss of the cosmos.Dude what the hell Matt Sobin I m sitting here pop this book open finally on my lunch break at work And BamN Now I realize nothing in the world matters.I hate you so much I love you.For others, this is a classic Scifi book If you aren t a fan of the OLD school Azimov or space pondering sci fi that leaves you with open ended and soul crushing doubt don t read this But if you ARE, and you like FEELING THINGS.Then read this And FEEL THINGS.We [...]

    19. This was a short read, but had so much packed into it It was an ode to our solar system, in a way, and makes you think of what will become of us in the future Very thought provoking.

    20. Jonathan, a sensitive humanoid supercomputer, is the Last Machine in the Solar System This novella is his final testimony, with the wisdom drawn from billions of years of observation His last will and testament is a bittersweet and thought provoking lament Bravo, Matt Sobin, for bringing us this beautiful story

    21. In The Last Machine in the Solar System, Sobin has written a gem While short in length, it s powerful in scope This tale is a wonderful blend of science and humanity and is an intense reflection of our place in the solar system If punchy, thought provoking novellas are what you enjoy, then this is an absolute must

    22. If you re craving sci fi with that classic, sciencey feel, this novella hits the spot Artificial intelligence Jonathan tells the story of the destruction of humanity and the end of the solar system and shows us that, no how hard we humans try to be completely independent, that s simply not how the universe works It s a fascinating story, one that really gets your mind thinking about a lot of things at once Would love to read by Sobin

    23. Thanks to Inkshares, Inc and Net Galley, here s my review of Sobin s The Last Machine In the Solar System.First of all this isn t a book, it s of a longer short story It s only took me about a hour to read The book has essentially two characters, Nikolia Ohngren and Jonathan Nikolia is a genius and inventor He has created the human like Jonathan, which is a very sophisticated computer Jonathan is both a scientist and machine Nikolia wanted a machine that would outlive him and would record the e [...]

    24. Elegant and poetic Last Machine is unlike any science fiction story I ve ever read Sobin kept me engrossed as Jonathan chronicled his life, the job he s been tasked with, and his reflections on his creator, Nikolai It is an examination of mankind itself.

    25. A short, thought provoking read There is a definite otherness to Jonathan as a non human as a narrator, yet he is not without humanity and you can really feel his loss and grief.

    26. A SHORT, HIGHLY CONTEMPLATIVE BREAK FROM YOUR NORMAL SCI FI.As long as you know that going into Last Machine, then you ll have a good time If that s not what you re in the mood for, then don t pick this up Not yet, anyway Y see there s some really, really powerful ideas that author Matthew Isaac Sobin has spliced together in here The Last Machine is an artificial construct, impervious to death mostly , everlasting, sentient He knows he is not meant to perish alongside the human race Instead, he [...]

    27. Very seldom do I give a book 5 stars, and rarer still do I give them to a book from a young, new author For this one, I just had to make an exception because it s an extraordinarily engaging story Sobin has written a beautiful, heart warming story of the ruminations of an AI computer Jonathan on board a space ship whose human passengers and the computer s creator have long since passed away and been forgotten in history Jonathan misses his creator, and is lonely He spends his time in philosophic [...]

    28. A hauntingly beautiful tragic novella that examines the decline and eventual extinction of humanity over billions of years all from the viewpoint of, not the doomed humans, but a robot named Jonathan A robot designed for the specific purpose of recording and housing all knowledge of humanity, who has his own sparks of humanity a gift from his far thinking creator.I simply could not put this novella down, and highly recommend it for any one who has ever wondered how it all will end Yet know this [...]

    29. A thoughtful and thought provoking debut novel, TLMitSS is short on pages but long on ideas It took me a few pages to get used to the style of the prose, and I wished at times that there was of an obvious plot Still, seeing the end of mankind through the observations of the Last Machine was an experience I will not quickly forget My only complaints are that it is a very short novella, only 60 hand sized pages of text, and the illustrations while marvelous were reproduced very faintly on the pag [...]

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