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Essentially, this is a short story collection framed by another story to make it cohesive, a novel of surprising power.This is a world where humans have become the minority and machines rule it There is great fear and anger carried by the humans and they hate the machines, who ve become to advanced as to appear human, to act human.The novel s narrated by a storyteller He travels between colonies to tell stories, to share movies, as the human world is a much smaller place, sort of stuck in the end of the 20th century, technologically Quickly he encounters Ibis, an android, whom he tries to fight He loses, is injured, and she takes him to a machine city, for lack of a better word There we discover her intentions She wants to tell him stories.And so she does She tells him only stories that are fiction, which we disappear into leaving Ibis and the narrator behind and then, after the story is finished, we go back to our distrustful narrator This process repeats until we come to the only nonfiction story The story of Ibis life.It s hard to judge the writing here, because it may be a translation problem than a problem of the author But the actual writing is simply okay It s not prose that s going to impress you or leave you begging for , but the stories are quite good And, than the individual stories that make up the novel, the shape of the novel is what makes this a worthy read It s a powerful book, really, about the nature of truth, of language, but, mostly, it s about the power of stories How stories can heal us, can save us, will change us They are stories about the future though, within the novel, they re the distant past that reflect so clearly what life is now It is a book about peace, about the beauty of differences It is not about tolerating those who are different, but accepting them Android, robots, AI, or whathaveyou stand in for every minority group to great effect, but they also stand in for themselves, and the fear and distrust many humans carry for the progression of technology They speak of our fears, of the fears that lead to tragedies, to racism, to unspeakable evils, and give, in simple and clear terms, the absurdity of these fears That the other needn t be an aggressor, but may just be another sentience wishing to live, to help others live.It s a beautiful book, despite the sometimes clumsy writing. The Stories of Ibis offers a sparkling, fresh stance on man vs machine science fiction, proving that the lines between both camps are not so simple to discern Quite enjoyed the heady philosophical debates on the role of machines in human lives and vice versa, how both parties rely on one another for companionship, purpose, and evolution In particular, the idea of death as discussed between the nameless Storyteller and the android Ibis is a compelling one that will linger long after the book is closed Also, loved how vital the act of storytelling is to this novel Hiroshi Yamamoto places the writer in a central role as the preserver of human culture and as the bonding link between disparate civilizations Meta narrative at its most sci fi delicious.Some readers might be turned off by the dense technical writing that accompanies a couple of the short stories Remember this is science fiction Science is a large part of said fiction Understanding the physics behind the fiction is vital at times andYamamoto explores it with great depth.Ideal for sci fi lovers who need a sharp jolt from the genre current or former philoso philes who like a good android debate amateur or professional writers who love to speculate on their influence over these narratives physics nerds who like reading technical jargon in their spare time. Hiroshi Yamamoto has come up with a clever framing device for compiling several of his short stories into a novel, presenting them as stories one character reads to another He quickly acknowledges that this is not an original gimmick, name checking 1,001 Arabian Nights right away, but it allows him to connect five stories that are otherwise only related in theme, add in a longer story that nudges us toward the big revelations, and then hit us with the sort of post human characters who can often come across as deliberately confusing , except that we ve been well prepared for the concepts.The individual stories are very good they occasionally play on very familiar sci fi and sci fi fandom archetypes, but are well executed examples of those ideas Yamamoto is a shameless but effective borrower in addition to Scheherazade, he also makes use of Asimov s famed Laws of Robotics, updating them for current ideas about artificial intelligence The end result is a novel that is very much about ideas, so than plot and, at times, so than characterization, but does an excellent job of walking the fine line between dry exposition and frantic future shock.More so than the other novels I ve read in Viz s Haikasoru line, this one seemed to come from a specifically Japanese perspective In the second half, especially, there are pointed references made to the present and coming crises of population and demographics in Japan and, likely, other prosperous first world countries , and while Western post cyberpunk sci fi certainly embraces the idea of machine intelligences, it feels very natural coming from a culture that has historically believed that everything in nature and even many man made things has a spirit Yamamoto doesn t use that as a crutch, though indeed, as much as he gives his machines a literally complex emotional range, he also makes it very clear that their nobility is a combination between cold logic and a design based to an extent on servitude.Even than being a story about AIs and how they may evolve, The Stories of Ibis is a tribute to the creative impulse, whether it be the drive to create powerful machines, new forms of life, or stories and how the last is what makes the others possible, even if those stories are not necessarily accurate or predictive. the importance of fiction, as a lens to reshape reality the power of stories, as a reflection of ourselves, as our dreams and ideals humanity s technological achievements as our dreams made manifest our constant striving to reshape the world to better align with those dreams, to be better than our species specs allow our fundamental loneliness and desire to connectgood stuff. [ DOWNLOAD EBOOK ] ♒ The Stories of Ibis ♓ In A World Where Humans Are A Minority And Androids Have Created Their Own Civilization, A Wandering Storyteller Meets The Beautiful Android Ibis She Tells Him Seven Stories Of Human Android Interaction In Order To Reveal The Secret Behind Humanity S Fall The Story Takes Place Centuries In The Future, Where The Diminished Populations Of Humans Live Uncultured Lives In Their Own Colonies They Resent The Androids, Who Have Built Themselves A Stable And Cultural Society In This Brutal Time, Our Main Character Travels From Colony To Colony As A Storyteller, One That Speaks Of The Stories Of The Past One Day, He Is Abducted By Ibis, An Android In The Form Of A Young Girl, And Told Of The Stories Created By Humans In The Ancient PastThe Stories That Ibis Speaks Of Are The Novels About The Events Surrounding The Announcements Of The Development Of Artificial Intelligence AI In The Th To St Centuries At A Glance, These Stories Do Not Appear To Have Any Sort Of Connection, But What Is The True Meaning Behind Them What Are Ibis Real Intentions I picked up this book in the library, having never heard of the title or the author, and was immediately captured by its clear prose and lucid imagery Yamamoto does a superb job of transporting the reader into a gorgeously sensual future world There are seven stories Some of them are somewhat childish and nearly caused me to stop reading, but I m immensely glad I stuck with the book At its best, Stories of Ibis contains vivid, sophisticated speculations about the future and I have never read a convincing and detailed portrayal of what AI life might be like My favorites in the book are Black Hole Diver, The Day Shion Came, AI s Story, and the frame story tying everything together With imaginary number communication, the concept of Layers 0, 1, and 2, vivid descriptions of robotic motion, emotion, sensation, and profound psychological insight, Yamamoto provides a beautiful account of the possible relationship between humanity and AI. Tercera le da 29 09 2017The Day Shion Came y Ai Story resonaron aun m s, llor en partes en las que antes no lo hab a hecho y me maravill descubriendo nuevos detalles que antes no hab a notado, sigue siendo el favorito sin duda.Segunda le a 08 08 2013 Segunda vuelta a este libro, segunda vez que realmente lo disfruto, cada una de las historias tiene sus detalles, incluso ahora disfrut m s algunas como Mirror Girl, por otro lado, Black Hole Diver sigue siendo uno de mis cuentos cortos favoritos. 7 fantastic stories wrapped in an intriguing shell I especially loved Black Hole Diver and The Day Shion Came , both of which I think will stay with me for a very long time There s no shortage of robo apocalyptia fiction out there, but this one is easily one of the best and most satisfying takes on the subgenre. Un libro del que no esperaba nada y result una belleza Esos japoneses s le saben. This book isn t fast moving one of the stories, for instance, is about an AI caregiver learning her job at a nursing home but it is a tremendous book Being written by a Japanese author and translated into English, I quite enjoyed the genuinely Japanese setting for the stories The stories were thoughtful ruminations on the interrelations between humans and artificial intelligences in subtle details, including the nuance and shapes that might take The book works against the stereotypical story of robots trying to take over the world, and even suggests at one point that humans project that story upon AI because of their own aggressive, dominating nature Several AI in the book make the argument that AI are too intelligent to live via conflict and to believe the fictions that would fund such violence It s a bold challenge for us to move beyond our gedoshields, our systems of confirmation bias in which we dismiss anything that challenges our worldview.That said, the final story is quite action packed, and then the end of the book opens up into an expansive horizon that moves far beyond the much domestic stories that precede it.