I, DOGBOT Tag || Dog Days of Summer Challenge 2018

The Dog Days of Summer Reading challenge 2018 is HOSTED BY LA LA IN THE LIBRARY AND jo’s book blog.  Read as many books about dogs as you want in August. There also two Dog Tags, one for fantasy and one for science fiction.  Here I’m doing the sci-fi one:


1. Have you ever watched a movie, television show, or read a book with a robot dog character?

Hmm… not sure I have, does the dog in Reboot count? I think there was also a Scooby Doo episode with a fake metal Scooby too!

2. If you could only afford one canine robot would you chose a small and smart companion, or a large loyal machine that could help you with heavy work and guard your home? Why?

Small and smart, stealthy, light weight— perfect for intergalactic space missions. Besides small things are often underestimated and therefore useful in surprising enemies.

3. If you were going to order a companion doggo-droid what are three things you would want to make sure it was programmed to do? For example: converse, play soccer, do tricks, fetch, warm your feet, make coffee…

It must know ALL the Tricks — from fetching, cleaning to charging small devices and minor hacking would be the minimum requirement, it should also preferably self- repairing of course – you don’t want to be stuck looking for a repair center in the middle of your sci-fi adventure.

4. Would you prefer your K9 bot look like a machine, or be padded and covered in fake fur to look like the real thing?

Either is fine, but it should not be made of any noisy or allergic materials like nickel etc, it should be comfortable enough to hold on to but sturdy enough to withstand villainous attacks.

5. Would you order your dogbot to look like any specific breed?

Looking like a dogbot is fine but one of those pretty-hair breeds without the shedding problem would be great.

 Maltese on a box (source)

On second thought, wouldn’t it be cool if dogbot had the ability to take on the appearance of ANY breed? Including the ability to copy other small species to fit in different environments, like a camouflage.

6. What would you name your droid friend? Why?

Something from a book I think… how about Pongo. You know, like Pongo in 101 Dalmatians, I even have an illustrated golden book buried somewhere in my hoard.

It’s this 1994 cover that I remember.

7. If you wrote a Science Fiction story with a doggo-droid main character what would the premise be and what title would you have in mind?

Dogbot Sirius X1009 joins a human investigator to solve the mystery of missing planetary artefacts from the Mars Museum. Along the way Sirius has to deal with annoying AI thieves, powerful space dragons, odd alien hackers, inconvenient pirate princes, and an annoying Catbot.


Sirius On Mars

Book #1 of Dogbot in Space series




If you, in reality, could own a canine robot would you? Why or why not?

If it were inexpensive in the first place, who wouldn’t want their very own dogbot? Especially if it could do all the tricks. I have several stuffed ones from when I was younger so a dogbot would simply be a level ahead. Also it’s not like I can keep a real dog without moving to a different place! So a dogbot would be much more convenient.





10 Favourite Diverse SFF Short-stories (online)

Hello fellow readers, bloggers and book dragons!

I’ve read a lot of short stories these past nine months and I have been thinking of sharing a few of my favourites. So when I saw this week’s prompt for Top Ten Tuesday, Favourite Novellas/Short Stories, I decided to participate at once. Continue reading “10 Favourite Diverse SFF Short-stories (online)”

On Books with Non-human Protagonists

Featured Image: Cover painting for The Cloud Roads by artist Matthew Stewart

In my recent readings through the fantasy genre I have realised that there aren’t that many books with non-human people as the main characters or protagonists. Illustrated books from my childhood often had protagonists like bears, cats and rabbits.1 It is also much easier to find non-human characters in comics and manga, etc. I recently finished reading a beautiful graphic novel The Tea Dragon Society with very diverse characters, and tea dragons, and barely a human.

But what about prose novels with non-human protagonists for adults? While there are a lot of urban fantasy and paranormal books with people who are shape-shifters and halflings, and beings like vampires, werewolves, fairies, demons and so on, the characters or creatures like these often spend more time as human, or have very human-like cultures,2 and are often obviously based on western mythology.

Some humans might point out that books are mostly written by humans,3 therefore it is only natural that a majority of them would have a human point of view. Others may needlessly like to point out how mythological and fantastical creatures are imaginary and fictional, forgetting the fact that we are talking about fiction books here. On the whole, I believe there should be more diverse viewpoints as everyone would benefit from them.4 Only perspectives that are different from our own can help us change our thinking and worldview. And books with non-human characters also allow a chance for the portrayal of humans from different perspectives. Perhaps at the very least they may generate more tolerance and empathy for people of ones own species.

Here is a small list of favourite non-human protagonists from my own hoard of books Continue reading “On Books with Non-human Protagonists”