Sunday, August 12, 2018

Yukui!, by James Patrick Kelly

★★★☆☆ Average

(Robot SF) Sprite’s old master really loved her, but now she belongs to his brother, and she can’t get him interested in doing much of anything. (3,613 words; Time: 12m)

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 143, published on .

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Pro: Yukui doesn’t even know she’s a slave until she’s been set free. Once she’s free, though, she only takes a little while to get excited by it.

Con: Set aside the emotional-robot problem, since that’s part of the what-if. Yukui isn’t a great protagonist because she’s so helpless. Other people solve her problems for her. Essentially, the whole plot is that Yukui is unhappy because she's unable to please her new master, but she gets over it when someone reprograms her not to care anymore.

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