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Robertson, Al

Entry updated 26 October 2021. Tagged: Author.

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(?   -    ) UK musician and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Golden" in The Third Alternative for Spring 2004; his first novel Crashing Heaven (2015), which begins the Station series, is a Space Opera with Cyberpunk intonations, set in a period after Earth has been abandoned due to the behaviour of Homo sapiens, and while the human survivors remain constrained to the Solar System, where they mostly occupy a vast Space Habitat. The action pits a human and his Virtual Reality puppet-like Avatar against the rule of AIs who, having developed personalities and near omnipotence, have become as gods (see Gods and Demons). The imaginative amplitude of the tale is sustained in the next volume of the series, Waking Hell (2016), where "fetches" – digital read-outs of the dead – participate in the action. [JC]

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