Or that the hideous creatures in their tripods laid waste to Walton-on-Thames?
Like all immortal science fiction, this is rooted in more earthly anxieties – here, belligerent European rival nations.
Nathan has built a humanoid robot named Ava with artificial intelligence.
Ava has already passed a simple Turing test; Nathan wants Caleb to judge whether Ava is genuinely capable of thought and consciousness, and whether he can relate to Ava despite knowing she is artificial.
This is the sixth Peter Grant book and, while they are standalone novels, it is recommended to read them in order as Aaronovitch has more ongoing plotlines than , should be seen as a chore – this is one of the most joyful, accessible and engaging contemporary fantasy series of recent years. Released 26 January, looks to occupy the same thematic territory, with the title character in the unfortunate position of everyone immediately forgetting about her as soon as she’s out of sight – even her own parents.
Looking further ahead, a new book from Charles Stross is always a pleasure, especially when it’s the first in a new series. Those books established a scenario of alternate timelines that could be navigated, which the US military very swiftly learned to. Which is not a situation Claire North is ever likely to find herself in if she keeps turning out startlingly original novels like this.
The film was further nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best British Film, and the Hugo Award in the category Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form.
Programmer Caleb Smith, who works for the dominant search engine company Blue Book, wins an office contest for a one-week visit to the luxurious, isolated home of the CEO, Nathan Bateman.
The only other person there is Nathan's servant Kyoko, who, according to Nathan, does not speak English.
His work includes movies such as Men in Black II, Hellboy and I Robot.
Peter also competed in Robot Wars, Battlebots, and Sozbots, and judged Robogames.