Do you like ROBOTS? Are you fascinated with the idea of Artificial Intelligence? Or maybe you think one day Robots will be living right along side us? Well I think that it’s totally going to happen! Last year I read and reviewed vN by Madeline Ashby (my review). She was even kind enough to give us an interview last year. Today the second book in The Machine Dynasty, iD is released and Do I mean to tell you – It was FANTASMIC! I am so happy to be chatting with the star of iD, Javier! – the absolutely sexiest
man humanoid ever! (I imagine him as a young sexy Antonio Banderas, yum yum)
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TABS: I’m so excited to have Javier with us today, the leading man in vN and iD! Hello there you saucy minx you! *wink* Thanks for joining us!
JAVIER: The pleasure’s all mine.
TABS: So I have to admit – it took me awhile to develop a crush on you, especially considering you were the size of a whale when you first came on the scene! But you had a valid excuse of being….PREGNANT!
JAVIER: Humans are like that. They really like me until I eat enough to start iterating. Then it’s out the door. I mean, I tell them I’m knocked up, that it’s just a glitchy self-repair cycle firing up again, but they don’t care. Once I’m fat again, they ditch me.
TABS: What do you think about that? I was about to say how do you feel about that – but I’m still so shady about how Von Neumans (Artificial Intelligence) feel. But yes what do you think, how do you feel?
JAVIER: Feelings are feelings. Your feelings are a series of hormones and chemicals directed by your glands and neurotransmitters to help you stay alive long enough to reproduce. Mine are a series of algorithmic responses to external stimuli, designed to make you think I’m capable of the same kinds of emotions that you are. The way I see it, we’re both machines. There’s nothing real inside either one of us.
TABS: Human men don’t have babies – do you think that its a good thing that humanoid men can?
JAVIER: I think it makes us more understanding of the things the ladies have to go through, sure. I mean, you don’t see us being assholes about how big women can get post-partum. We know how it works. The one thing, though, is that vN kids grow up as soon as you feed them. So we don’t have to deal with all that “helpless baby” bullshit if we don’t want to. As long as we have enough food to get them walking and talking in the first few days, it’s no big deal. It’s getting all that food that’s the problem.
TABS: What exactly prompted you to help Amy in the first place?
JAVIER: A long time ago, I was in the same place she was. I’ve been thinking about it a lot, lately. And when I was in a tight spot, nobody came to rescue me. I was all on my own. I just didn’t want to see that happen to someone else, someone who had just made a stupid mistake.
TABS: Amy really was rather juvenile in her thoughts and actions for some time before she ‘grew up’ to match her full grown body. How long did it take you to grow up?
JAVIER: Not long. My dad made sure of that.
TABS: What was it like as a kid robot?
JAVIER: It didn’t last very long, my being a kid. A couple of months at most. I didn’t really have time to even think of it as a separate phase of my life. I can tell you that we lived in the jungle, though. The rainforest between Costa Rica and Nicaragua. They have spiders there the size of your face. And they can jump almost as high as I can.
TABS: Do you think any of your ‘Uncles’ that helped you get away are still alive and around?
JAVIER: It’s possible. We’re a strong clade. We’re good at getting out of things. I just think they’re off doing their own thing, now. I hope they all found somebody rich.
TABS: I recall you being quite the casanova, thinking back on it how do you feel about the humans that may have taken advantage of you and your programmed in love of humans?
JAVIER: I think they were all at the end of the line. The people who find me, they find me for a reason. They’re lonely or sad or drunk or all three. Or they’ve been hurt and betrayed. Or they’re just virgins, and they don’t know what they’re doing and they need practice. So they all have a reason for picking me. For picking a vN. They just can’t make it work, with members of their own species. And that’s awful. It’s really fucking sad. Pitiful, even. So did they take advantage? Maybe. But it’s a symbiotic relationship. Quid pro quo, and all that. I usually get something out of the deal.
TABS: Are you able to combat that programmed need to please and listen to humans now that you are with Amy?
JAVIER: It’s still there. It’s distant, because the humans are more distant. But it goes away completely when I look at her face.
TABS: Even more how are you getting along with Amy’s dad?
JAVIER: Jack and I have an understanding. We have come to terms, I guess. We know what we have in common, and we can appreciate that about each other. I think he’s a nice guy. I think he thinks I’m an asshole, but that’s just how it goes. I’ll make it up to him, someday.
TABS: I don’t want to spoil the end of vN for any of those out there that haven’t read it – but oooo goodness I just have to know….how things ended – are you really excited about where you and Amy are and those possibilities?
JAVIER: Some days I’m excited. Others I’m scared. I know this can’t last for long. That’s just not how humans work. Something will happen. Something bad. But for the moment, I’m happy. There is nowhere else I’d rather be.
TABS: Just how many kids (iterations) do you have!!?
JAVIER: Thirteen, at last count. Well, fourteen. Maybe. I’ve been pretty hungry, lately. And I’ve been dreaming. I only ever dream when I’m iterating.
TABS: I only just recent finished iD, and I tell you, the blurb is so short, it really doesn’t give readers an idea of what they are in store for only that you are leaving Amy’s island. At the time I read the blurb I could only imagine what could have prompted you to leave. But Now that I know oh Zowwy, but I guess we can’t spoil the surpise. I really appreciate you
flirting with joining me today *pinches cheek*
JAVIER: Oh, you.
THE SECOND MACHINE DYNASTY
Javier is a self-replicating humanoid on a journey of redemption.
Javier’s quest takes him from Amy’s island, where his actions have devastating consequences for his friend, toward Mecha where he will find either salvation… or death.
File Under: Science Fiction [ vN2 | Island in the Streams | Failsafe No More | The Stepford Solution ]
Amy Peterson is a von Neumann machine, a self-replicating humanoid robot.
For the past five years, she has been grown slowly as part of a mixed organic/synthetic family. She knows very little about her android mother’s past, so when her grandmother arrives and attacks her mother, little Amy wastes no time: she eats her alive.
Now she carries her malfunctioning granny as a partition on her memory drive, and she’s learning impossible things about her clade’s history – like the fact that the failsafe that stops all robots from harming humans has failed… Which means that everyone wants a piece of her, some to use her as a weapon, others to destroy her.