Monday, March 9, 2020

18 Wheels of Science Fiction: A Long Haul into the Fantastic, by Eric Miller (editor), Graydon Schlichter (narrator), Jennifer Knighton (narrator)

Big Time Books, January 2020

This is a very enjoyable collection of science fiction and trucking. Some trucks still traveling the roads of Earth, some "trucking" in space, and even some time-traveling trucking.

They all involve artificial intelligence in some form.

One uploaded, former flesh-and-blood, trucker is on a war of revenge against the AI takeover of his former profession. Another progresses from live trucker signing on as a driver for testing, and partnering with, AI-assisted trucking, through an increasingly mechanized body, in ways that may seem very disturbing to many readers. Yet he remains convinced the company has treated him very well, and kept the promises they made him.

One story involves a young girl living in a bleak, dystopian wasteland, and making a desperate attempt at escape.

Others involve happier partnerships between AIs and human truckers, and enjoyable adventures in the new world of trucking.

Not all the stories completely worked for me, but that's normal for any anthology. Overall, it's highly enjoyable. Recommended.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the publisher, and am reviewing it voluntarily.

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