Dec 3, 2008: When I set eyes on the illustration for the first part of this series I expected a story about a couple of sweet little robots and their adventures in outer space. Something along the lines of Robby the Robot meets Star Trek. Just goes to show that you should never judge a book by its cover nor a web fiction site by its home page.
The characters in GITM may be robotic but this story is much more than robots in outer space. The writer cleverly and manipulatively lures the reader into a sinister world where some chunks of metal will do anything to stay alive. The imagery is so dark in places that robots have now joined spiders on my list of phobias.
As far as I can tell, the writing is faultless and as other reviewers have mentioned, there is a welcome absence of cyber or techno babble.
The custom illustrations are a nice touch even if the first one, like the first episode, is a trifle misleading and gives the reader a false sense of security.
With five episodes online at the time of this review there is plenty to sink your teeth into and a promise of more to come.
The website is simple and fairly easy to navigate although some parts/episodes are lacking links to the next one or back to the home page. At times I found the white background and black text tiring on the eyes, possibly due to the sheer amount of text in each part.
The only niggle I have is that I thought there was a little overkill of references to the robots ability to feel and think for themselves.
GITM is an interesting and unique story. Science Fiction fans should love it!
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