The latest volume of Love, Death & Robots dropped Friday on Netflix. I had hoped to meter my watching of them this time, but it didn’t happen. I avoided binging the whole thing Friday night, but by last night I was done.
As usual, these are all relatively short, in the 10-20 minute range. All of them this time feel very dark, although a few help the darkness go down with healthy doses of humor.
The humorous ones include a return of John Scalzi’s three robots touring a post-apocalyptic Earth, a bird’s eye view of a zombie apocalypse caused by drunken sex in a graveyard, and a tale of US special forces fighting a CIA created cyber-bear gone very wrong.
There were a couple written by Neal Asher. I’ve read a lot of his science fiction, but these seemed to be drawing from his fantasy work, which I don’t think I knew about. One is a sailing crew trying to survive with a giant human-eating crab aboard. (Asher seems preoccupied with crustaceans in his fiction.) The other is a farmer dealing with an infestation of intelligent rats.
Most of the others are surreal. But the one that will likely stick with me for a while is Bruce Sterling’s “Swarm”, about an alien entity called the swarm. The swarm is identified as a giant biological machine, one that is non-sentient. The protagonist thinks he’s going to find a way to exploit it. But he discovers just how short term his thinking is, and that long term survival in this universe may come with appalling cost.
If you liked the earlier volumes, I’m pretty sure you’ll like this one. These are stories in the tradition of the old magazine Heavy Metal. They’re animated, but not stuff you’ll likely want your young children to watch.
As before, my only real complaint is that there weren’t enough of them. But I guess quality takes time.
If you’ve seen it, I’d be curious to know what you think.