Review of “Crabs on the Island” (1958)

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Anatoly Dnieprov (writer).

Read in 2020.

Read in The Molecular Café (1968).

A mad scientist creates fully autonomous, parthenogenetic, naturally mutating robots on a remote island. A worker who hates the inventor watches the results.

It’s well executed, but the author’s understanding of natural selection is too superficial for the premises—and hence the symbolism—to make sense.

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