Monday, July 9, 2018

Waterbirds, by G.V. Anderson

★★★☆☆ Average

(SF Mystery) With Celia’s mistress missing, and presumed dead, the old, failing android is a prime suspect, but she herself doesn’t remember what happened. (5,915 words; Time: 19m)

"Waterbirds," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 98, published on .

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Pro: Celia gets her freedom and finds a new lover into the bargain. The nasty Constable Krenshaw ends up with no case and no wife either.

Con: It all seems much more complicated than it needed to be.

The idea of a robot that can override its own programming is very difficult to credit.

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