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God in the Machine by Peter Tzinski

"We are forever caught in between the silent dreams of the cold machines." 

God in the Machine is an ongoing science fiction series, which begins with a freak accident that brings a pair of robots out of normal operation and into . . . consciousness. Seemingly the only ones sentient, in a whole galaxy that’s full of nothing but robots, Loeb and Max have to find their way, and survive. Because to the rest of the galaxy, they’re just a malfunction, to be dealt with.

Note: God in the Machine is unfinished, with no recent updates.  It contains some graphic violence.


A partial series, with no recent updates

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Metal Monsters

By Miladysa, editor, author of Refuge of Delayed Souls

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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Adventures in cognitive science

By paulgazis, member

Jun 1, 2009: So far, I’ve been pleasantly surprised. It’s hard to write stories about humans, and the bar for stories about robots who gain self awareness has been set very high by fellows like Zelazny. ‘Awake’ was a great start. The episodes most certainly met the, "Gosh, I wonder what happens next," test. For some reason I’ve been less taken by ‘Progression of Violence’, but this may just be my subjective reaction to certain types of plot devices. And I’m still quite curious what will happen next . . . 

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A great robot pair

By Sora, member

Dec 2, 2008: Eve and Wall-E. R2D2 and C3PO. Max and Loeb will be able to join these robot duos as well. Even though I’m not one for science fiction, I find this story interesting. I’m not sure that I’m the right audience for this story either, but I find it interesting anyway. It does appeal to me in a sense that I can connect it with other lovable robots. I don’t think this is the type of story I could read daily, but may have to read in short bursts every so [more . . .]

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Droids don’t tear your arms off when they lose…

By G.S. Williams, author of The Surprising Life and Death of Diggory Franklin

Dec 10, 2008: "God in the Machine" has an interesting premise. However, it’s not unique. Self-awareness in machines, whether robot or computer, is a major theme in science fiction. And it’s fast becoming a factor in real science, as the future unfolds.

I find reading "GITM" a chore, unfortunately, no matter how much I like science fiction or the premise. The text spills down the page without formatting, making it difficult to read. And, more jarring than a fixable technical detail, is my inability [more . . .]

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