Sunday, July 17, 2016

Adventures in Family Bonding, by W. Michael Beachy

(SF) Erin Troyer agrees to babysit her grandson, Gene, while her son and his wife visit Europe. There's something funny about the boy, though. (3,225 words)

Rating: 3, Unremarkable

"Adventures in Family Bonding," by appeared in the September 2016 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact, published , by .

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Pro: This is the story of how Erin gave up on her son Ben, and symbolically destroyed him by destroying the robot. The robot comes across as sad, not evil, and her destruction of him comes at great cost.

Con: The whole "evil corporations run the country" thing spoils the ending.

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