Read Autonomous Online Free - Autonomous features a rakish female pharmaceutical pirate named Jack who traverses the world in her own submarine. A notorious anti-patent scientist who has styled herself as a Robin Hood heroine fighting to bring cheap drugs to the poor, Jack’s latest drug is leaving a trail of lethal overdoses across what used to be North America—a drug that compels people to become addicted to their work.
On Jack’s trail are an unlikely pair: an emotionally shut-down military agent and his partner, Paladin, a young military robot, who fall in love against all expectations. Autonomous alternates between the activities of Jack and her co-conspirators, and Joe and Paladin, as they all race to stop a bizarre drug epidemic that is tearing apart lives, causing trains to crash, and flooding New York City.
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October 04, 2017
Jack has a history of aligning herself with rebel causes. She is pirate in the sense that she reverse engineers drugs and distributes them to the public for reasonable prices. When a stimulant begins to manifest deadly addiction, Jack sets out to try and bring down the manufacturer responsible fo...
October 13, 2017
Pirates and bounty hunters on the high chemical and electronic frontier! Add a bit of transgendered robot issues, a bit of do-gooder pharmaceutical mayhem, and time split between labs, parties, sexual repression, and a few really big questions explored deftly and interestingly, and we've got ours...
October 02, 2017
DNF @ 38%
This is marketed as a robin hood esque tale, featuring Jack sneaking pharmaceuticals to the poor and dodging the authorities. Two of those said authorities are Paladin and Elias, a military robot with a human processor and their handler, who chase Jack and develop feelings for each other...
October 10, 2017
This is a book that you are either going to love or just not get. Newitz has painted a pretty grim picture of the future, similar to that portrayed in Company Town by Madeline Ashby and in After Atlas by Emma Newman. What all three of these books have in common is a future where people are basica...
August 02, 2017
It would be hard for any book to live up to superlative cover blurbs from William Gibson and Neal Stephenson, but Annalee Newitz comes damn close with her debut, which is as much about the future of medical ethics and big pharma as it is the awakening of a fascinating artificial consciousness. (I...
October 11, 2017
This is a dark, grim future. It is also an outstanding book that deals with complicated issues like autonomy, freedom and gender constructs. One of my favorites this year.
October 03, 2017
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Autonomous begins when Jack, a pharmaceutical pirate, discovers a stowaway on her submarine. Said stowaway is trying to steal her pirated drugs, so she kills him... and then is saddled with his very poorly treated indentured slave, Threeze...
July 11, 2017
I expected this book to be good. I expected it to be exciting. I didn't expect it to be FUN!
A lot of hard Science Fiction is terminally self serious. Autonomous is a blast from start to finish. I'm seriously in love with several of the characters, but especially Paladin.
September 24, 2017
Meh. Second highly anticipated scifi release that disappointed me this month.
Autonomous started off so damn good, and while I didn't immediately love all the characters, I thought I'll still end up loving it for the plot. That wasn't the case though.
Autonomous is a story about pharmaceuticals, pe...
September 30, 2017
Near-future sci-fi may seem less risky than more high-concept sci-fi, but I think it's even riskier. With near-future you have to align with what your readers can imagine but also stay grounded in something recognizable, and it's easy to alienate readers who insist that couldn't happen. But lucki...