I’m trying to remember the title of a science fiction novel. I thought it was Star Child by Hogan or Logan but can’t find it in references.

The book began with a machine intelligence on an extremely old spaceship that grows a girl, I believe from a sample it discovers somewhere on the vast ship. There are several machine intelligences with wildly different personalities who debate what to do. They eventually create a physical being, an android, to take care of the physical being. Later they grow some of the other samples. Soon there is a ship full of diverse children with the first girl, I think her name was Anya, helping to raise the younger ones. The ship eventually lands on a planet (its original destination?) inhabited by a medieval culture. The robots are mistaken for armored knights and attacked. Their bow weapons are ineffective against metal beings, but can kill flesh and blood.

I thought the book was very interesting because it investigates the ideas of intelligence, humanity, even religion. Unfortunately I loaned my copy to a friend >20yrs ago. Any help recalling the title would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


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The clues you have suggest you might be thinking of Star Child (1998) by James P. Hogan.

Cover of "Star Child" showing a grey-skinned Kort holding Taya in his left arm as he walks down a ship corridor.

Quoting from a review on Goodreads:

A young girl, Toya[sic], lives aboard an interstellar ship, Merkon. Her only friend is Kort, a humanoid robot who patiently explains to her that the ship is in interstellar space and that they are en-route to a star, but that it will take a long time to get there. It appears that Toya is the only human on board. The machines apparently became self-aware during the journey and evolved several independent minds; a Mystic, a Thinker, a Scientist and a Sceptic, who together managed to deduce that someone had built them and from that discovered the record of DNA codes from which they built Toya.

However, Toya is not strictly speaking, alone. Not only does she have Kort, but a humanoid robot who is a an amalgam of the four original minds, but also another fifty children, babies in stasis, whom Kort awakes for Toya to mother and train.

I don't have the book in front of me to provide direct quotes, but I'll try to dig it up tomorrow.

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    It sounds like this may have inspired the film I Am Mother. Commented Mar 10, 2022 at 21:40
  • This actually reminds me a little bit of the ending scene of The Toll by Neal Shusterman Commented Mar 11, 2022 at 0:54

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