What do the moravecs (humanoid machines from the Jovian system) look like in Dan Simmons' Ilium?

I am halfway through the book and haven't seen a good description yet as to their appearance.


As you noticed, the novel is a bit short on specific descriptions. Little bits here and there. For the two main moravec characters:

  • Mahnmut is a small humanoid analog...sometimes.
  • Orphu is a horseshoe crab...sorta.

The moravec was not designed for walking — his role was mostly to sit in an exploration submersible, sometimes to swim — and when he grew tired of being a biped, he altered the workings of his joints and spine and padded along like a dog for a while.

- Ilium, Chapter 22

These images might be a start...

Ultimately they look like almost anything your imagination can come up with :)

| improve this answer | |
  • nice find with the pictures, thanks – Brenton Taylor Jan 12 '11 at 22:13

If I remember rightly they're named Moravec's in honour of Hans Moravec a researcher at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, who has published various books about the future directions of robotics, transcendence and other related stuff.

| improve this answer | |

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.