Monday, January 30, 2017

The Rhyme of Grievance, by T.R. Napper

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(Robot SF) Khamla lives a meagre existence, and she's not happy that the first humanoid robot to get equal rights lives in luxury. (6,734 words; Time: 22m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"The Rhyme of Grievance," by (edited by Andy Cox), appeared in issue 268, published on by .

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Pro: Khamla does, in a sense, succeed in destroying Liang. The story has lots of tension in it, and the bombs inside Khamla were nicely foreshadowed.

Con: The technology is a bit silly. Why would engineers put their DNA inside a robot? Why would the robot operate from glucose power, and yet later be said to have a ten-year power supply? What would be the point of making it so humanoid in the first place? And why did they only have two backups?

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