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In "Watchbird" by Robert Sheckley, the author presents a thought-provoking exploration of the implications of advanced technology in a futuristic society. The story follows the invention of the Watchbird, a robotic bird designed to prevent acts of violence before they occur by detecting aggressive intentions in individuals.

Sheckley masterfully questions the ethical dilemmas surrounding the use of such technology, asking readers to consider the consequences of sacrificing personal freedom for the sake of security. The tension between the benefits of the Watchbird and the infringement on civil liberties creates a captivating narrative that keeps readers engaged from start to finish.

The characters are well-developed and relatable, adding depth to the story as they grapple with the moral implications of their actions. Sheckley's writing is both engaging and thought-provoking, prompting readers to reflect on the themes of surveillance, accountability, and the nature of violence in society.

Overall, "Watchbird" is a compelling and timely read that explores complex moral questions through a gripping and suspenseful story. Sheckley's insights into the potential consequences of unchecked technological advancement make this novel a must-read for anyone interested in exploring the intersection of technology and ethics.

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3 Robert Sheckley short stories that demonstrate the breathof his fantastic imagination. In Watchbird, the question "can machines solve human problems?" is answered with a resounding YES! But there may be a few unforeseen glitches. Just a few. Warrior Race drops us into an alien race of warriors who fight in a way you will never be able to imagine until you listen. And Beside Still Waters is a gentle story that shows us a man who really wants to get away from it all ... sitting on a rock in the asteroid belt with only a robot for a friend. No girls allowed! A poignant and unsettling story to say the least.

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - October 30, 2016
Subject: watchbird
Some of the most original and creative S.F. stories I've listened to. there is an unusual winsome quality in them. Phil C. does a superb job always !

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