"Several thousand years from now, advanced humanoids known as the Makers will implant clockwork devices into our heads. At the cost of a certain amount of agency, these devices will permit us to move unhindered through time and space, and to live complacent, well-regulated lives. However, when one of these devices goes awry, a ""clockwork man"" appears accidentally in the 1920s, at a cricket match in a small English village. Comical yet mind-blowing hijinks ensue. "
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by Kim Stanley Robinson
by David Brin
by Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
by Harry Turtledove
by Tim Scott
by Charles Stross
by Ann Aguirre
by Philip Palmer
by Myke Cole
by Eric Flint
by Hiroshi Sakurazaka
"Being a stranger in a strange land is never a comforting experience. Narrator Ralph Lister's animated performance captures all the bewilderment associated with that circumstance in this curious tale about a half-man/half-machine from thousands of years in the future who suddenly appears in 1920s England. ListerÕs voice moves from the stuffy accents of the British aristocracy to the high-pitched squeak of the Clockwork Man's machinery as it starts malfunctioning, along with associated beeps, buzzes, and, on one occasion, growling. Lister goes after it all with gusto and conveys the deadpan humor with skill. Despite the silliness, the story leaves listeners thinking about how much humanity must be sacrificed to create the ultimate being. E.E. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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