Friday, July 12, 2019

Flowers on My Face, by Geo-Il Bok

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Robot SF) On Ganymede, a group of robots working to repair the colony find time to experiment with trying to act like humans (6,759 words; Time: 22m)

"," by (translated by Elisa Sinn and Justin Howe, edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 154, published on .

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Review: 2019.397 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Although Jimmy is nominally a robot, for all practical purposes, he thinks and acts like a human being. He’s suffering depression over the loss of all the humans who died in the disaster, and this story is mainly about him finding a reason to care again.

On a technical note, I liked the idea that robots were designed to have synergy with humans, so although the reconstruction project continues without humans around, it goes much more slowly.

Con: It makes little sense to create emotional robots, particularly if they’re vulnerable to depression. And why aren’t they at least in communication with people on Earth, even if Earth doesn’t want to repopulate the Jovian system?

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