Code of the Lifemaker is a science fiction novel by James P Hogan.
I can hardly believe that this is the same author, which wrote Realtime Interrupt. Okay, it's not exactly a character driven story, but it's much better than RI and Hogan has a lot of interesting things to tell here. Code of the Lifemaker is about first contract with an alien race of robots on, get this, Titan. Yes, it seems that there's been a robot civilisation on Titan for the last couple of million of years – robots that have developed their own kind of intelligens through evolution in much the same way as we did. Unfortunately for them they haven't progressed much beyond a technology level of our middle ages. I know it sounds strange – a low-tech robot civilisation? Well, it actually works.
Besides the above mentioned factors Code of the Lifemaker is actually a quite ordinary story about greed and oppression, but it's very well told and has a good mix of humour and dark satire.
Written on 1st September 2000 by TC.
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