HEAD AND TALE

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The in­ci­den­tal di­a­logue is typ­i­cally hu­mor­ous, yet the story is played as straight as a tale star­ring a float­ing hu­man head is ever likely to get. The pitch is that hu­mans have opted to up­load their con­scious­ness to the cloud, lib­er­at­ing them­selves from their flimsy meat­sack bod­ies and up­grad­ing to stur­dier ro­bot tor­sos. How­ever, Methuse­lah, a malev­o­lent AI, now has the ro­bots – and by ex­ten­sion the en­tire hu­man race – un­der its con­trol, and no one knows where the bod­ies are kept. As seem­ingly the only op­tion to save hu­man­ity, your head is brought out of cryosleep, with the help of an army of fe­male ro­bot free­dom fighters and a mys­te­ri­ous ally called Earl. It’s hardly high art, but it’s solidly con­structed, with one or two neat twists.

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