Whores Versus Sex Robots by Peter Caffrey
The sex robots are coming ... are you ready for the chaos?
When the introduction of brothels manned by AI-powered sex robots threatens the profitability of the world's oldest profession, the street girls decide it’s time to fight for their future and bring the punters back where they belong: between their legs. Hatching a drastic plan to ensure the Johns turn against erotic automatons, the whores take on the brave new world and inadvertently unleash a battle for survival as technology’s finest refuse to take the challenge lying down.
Whores versus Sex Robots is a seedy, science fiction, splatterpunk, tongue-in-cheek novella. The book also includes a selection of other stories addressing the rise of the sex robots.
WARNING: Despite the title, this book is NOT erotica, and is totally unsuitable for masturbatory purposes – unless, of course, you like to knock yourself out while reading about the violence and pain of modern society, the frailty of the human condition, the abandonment of hope, the depths of selfishness to which mankind can (and often will) sink, and some other shit which mocks humanity but is a bit funny (if you have a twisted mind). If that’s the case, then buy this book and wank yourself silly. Otherwise, please do not interfere with your sexual apparatus while reading these stories.
The titular novella is a fun, fast-paced thriller in which a group of streetwalkers who have been put even more on the skids than usual by legalized sex robot brothels plot to sabotage the system. The plans quickly go south. I ended up reading this whole novella in nearly one sitting. Despite the fact the ending leaves something to be desired, I had a lot of fun with it. It also shows a deep sympathy for the plights of sex workers that lesser works would just make fun of or ignore. The remaining short stories are fantastic as well. The stand out for me was "Training Terrence." I never would have thought a story about a male sex robot that pisses itself could tug on my heartstrings like it does. "Being Priscilla" gets extra points for being a funny and disturbing retelling of a Velvet Underground song. "Watching Tabatha" is a hilarious and very British comedy story. "Absolving Anna" is about a great story about a sex robot whose advanced AI leads it to becoming a Christian and all the troubles that comes with that. A unique twist on the question of at what point AI becomes morally equivalent to a person. Highly recommended.