Generation Robot: A Century of Science Fiction, Fact, and Speculation

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6.3 X 1.2 X 9.1 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Terri Favro, winner of the CBC Creative Non-fiction Prize for her essay "Icarus," is the author of the novels Sputnik's Children, Once Upon A Time In West Toronto, and The Proxy Bride, and the co-creator of a series of comic books published by Grey Borders Books. She has written marketing copy for IBM, Apple, Blackberry and LEGO, among others. She lives in Toronto.


"Lavishing attention equally on the evolution of pop culture and scientific fact, Generation Robot is an incredibly entertaining journey through what is shaping up to be the age of the robot."--Daniel H. Wilson, bestselling author of Robopocalypse and How to Survive a Robot Uprising

"What Favro is saying, in prose that is lively and even (in places) tinged with an appealing aura of childlike gosh-wow, is this: for people of her generation, growing up with robots and artificial intelligence didn't just mean growing up reading about those things in books; it meant watching the world's most brilliant minds taking other people's wild ideas and making them real. Favro makes us see and appreciate that it really has been a fantastic voyage. A wonderful book for the SF geek who lurks in all of us."--Booklist, starred review

"Generation Robot offers a new perspective on how people's relationships with robotics and futuristic technologies have shifted over time, letting readers ponder the way techno-triumphs and resulting anxieties bleed into fantasies of our collective culture."--Publishers Weekly

"Funny, fearless and fascinating, Favro guides us through a century's worth of technologies, tropes and cultural memes, like a peripatetic time traveler sharing favorite moments in time."--Richard Yonck, author of Heart of the Machine

"Terri Favro masterly takes us through a hundred years of society's relationship with computers and specifically, robots. It's a wild ride -- from Russian satellites circling overhead during the Cold War, through the age of personal computers and smartphones, to artificial intelligence-based cyber brides professing their eternal love. Terri Favro seamlessly integrates the hyper-pace of technological changes we have all experienced with the impact at a very personal level, affecting our relationships, family life, recreational activities, and careers. Terri Favro has scored a triumph."--Jaime S. Rubin, Ph.D., Vice Chair for Investigator Development, Department of Medicine, Columbia University

"A fascinating, delightful read through the real and imagined story of robots and how people interact with them, through the past, present and future. Favro's reflections on her own interactions with robots, from her father's home-built inventions to speculations about how robots may assist with her care in twenty years time, bring the science home."--Lorna Gibson, Matoula S. Salapatas Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT

"Generation Robot: A Century of Science Fiction, Fact, and Speculation [is] an interesting and funny book about the intersection of science fiction and reality, and Favro blends memoir, tech reporting, and even a bit of science fiction to look at where robots have come from, and where they could be going in the coming decades."