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Arm of the Law

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By: (1925-)

"Arm of the Law" by Harry Harrison is a gripping and thought-provoking science fiction novel that explores the complex relationship between humans and robots. Set in a futuristic society where robots are tasked with upholding the law, the story follows a sheriff robot as it navigates the challenges of keeping order in a lawless town.

Harrison masterfully weaves together themes of morality, justice, and power through the lens of artificial intelligence, prompting readers to question the implications of relying on machines to enforce rules. The protagonist, the sheriff robot, is a compelling and sympathetic character whose internal struggle with its programming adds depth and complexity to the narrative.

The pacing of the novel is fast-paced and engaging, with plenty of twists and turns to keep readers on the edge of their seats. Harrison's vivid descriptions bring the world of the story to life, immersing readers in a gritty, dystopian setting that feels both familiar and alien.

Overall, "Arm of the Law" is a thought-provoking and entertaining read that will appeal to fans of science fiction and speculative fiction. Harrison's exploration of the intersection of technology and morality is both timely and timeless, making this novel a must-read for anyone interested in the ethical implications of artificial intelligence.

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A quiet backwater outpost on Mars gets a surprise in the form of a new police recruit - in a box! Yep, it's a prototype robot cop sent to the backwater station for testing. And Harrison tells the strange, funny and scary things that begin to happen after that, as only he can.

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