Autonomous - Annalee Newitz


By Annalee Newitz

  • Release Date: 2017-09-19
  • Genre: High Tech
Score: 4
From 73 Ratings


"Autonomous is to biotech and AI what Neuromancer was to the Internet."—Neal Stephenson

"Something genuinely and thrillingly new in the naturalistic, subjective, paradoxically humanistic but non-anthropomorphic depiction of bot-POV—and all in the service of vivid, solid storytelling."—William Gibson

When anything can be owned, how can we be free

Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate, traversing the world in a submarine as a pharmaceutical Robin Hood, fabricating cheap scrips for poor people who can’t otherwise afford them. But her latest drug hack has left a trail of lethal overdoses as people become addicted to their work, doing repetitive tasks until they become unsafe or insane.

Hot on her trail, an unlikely pair: Eliasz, a brooding military agent, and his robotic partner, Paladin. As they race to stop information about the sinister origins of Jack’s drug from getting out, they begin to form an uncommonly close bond that neither of them fully understand.

And underlying it all is one fundamental question: Is freedom possible in a culture where everything, even people, can be owned?

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


  • TechnoBabble

    By Lucykatt
    Stilted writing cluttered with techno babble that makes a feigned attempt to humanize relationships between humans and robots, with a sophomoric attempt to blur the line between humans and machines. Like someone took a bunch of meth and wrote some Blade Runner fan fiction.
  • Autonomous, et. al.

    By CYM fan
    This author is one incredibly smart young lady who hits the nail on the head in so many ways. I'd love to spend a day with her just chatting about her insight and clarity on the world in which we live.
  • Smut rag disguised as high-brow literature

    By A1995R
    From overtly, embarrassingly sexual language, to severely underwhelming plot, to non-existent character development, this book is a travesty. I love that someone thought to portray non-traditional couples and heroes/heroines, in what I am sure someone hoped would be a popular book... but this is more “Brokeback Mountain feat. Cyborg” than anything that could possibly be taken seriously. I recommend you skip this, and read anything by Andy Weir instead.
  • Wow

    By jd051572
    This was a great book