Friday, October 7, 2016

The Salesman, by Garrett Ashley

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(SF Robot) In 2064 Oklahoma, teenage Ed finds a damaged robot and tries to figure out how to return it. (4,886 words; Time: 16m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average

"The Salesman," by , appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact issue 11|16, published on by .

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Pro: The story is really about Ed taking adult responsibility for something. He hints at this when he talks about wishing he'd had a dog. He makes excuses to himself that he worries what Matthew might do, but the truth is that this is something he wants to do entirely by himself.

The anticipation that Matthew might do something stupid adds a good bit of tension to the story.

Con: The tension is released with nothing to show for it. Tom doesn't contribute anything to the story either.

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