Clifford D Simak's Project Pope is a tale of religion as interpreted by robot intelligence. On a far distant world, away from everyone else, robots have been toiling for a thousand years to create a "pope" that would be an infallible resource with the answer to anything. While a few humans are involved, the robots are autonomous. Into this mix comes a human on the run and a reporter looking for a story. The robots employ "listeners" who collect information for the pope. What unfolds is a mystery right under their noses as numerous truly alien life forms abound and confound their views of the universe.
While the notion of robots developing their own religion, or at least some version of introspection about big picture questions is not unique. The robots don't necessarily have a religion as much as a conception of spirituality. The aliens are thrown in with little explanation for their origin or purpose. In addition, the most innocuous species tend towards the most powerful, but mostly they just sort of hang around with little to do. It would appear that the consequence of advanced civilizations is mostly to offer the option of just hanging out and maybe thinking about stuff.
- MP3 CD
- Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance audio; Unabridged edition (20 September 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1531872891
- ISBN-13: 978-1531872892
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.6 x 14 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 136 g
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