Sunday, November 4, 2018

A Measure of Love, by C. Stuart Hardwick

★★★☆☆ Average

(Robot SF) Aki has fond memories of the robot who cared for her in the orphanage, so she decides to do something when she learns they’re all being scrapped. (3,925 words; Time: 13m)

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"A Measure of Love," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 11-12|18, published on by .

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Pro: It’s a touching story which more-or-less tells how Inky became a person. To start with, he was very much out of his depth away from the orphanage, but over time he gradually learned enough to function in society.

Con: The robot is hard to believe. He’s so flexible, he easily learns new things from just the briefest of suggestions. E.g. from a conversation about not feeding the cats, he decides to neuter stray dogs. Also, he talks about “going outside his programming,” which makes no sense.

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