A Living Doll Tries to Survive a Workers' Revolution in "The Alchemy of Stone"

With a face made of porcelain, a wind-up heart, and a talent for alchemy, Mattie is hardly a typical science fictional robot. While most novels about robots focus on how these humanoid machines are stronger and smarter than humans, Ekaterina Sedia's The Alchemy of Stone (in bookstores this month) explores the… »7/21/08 6:42pm7/21/08 6:42pm