Monday, September 2, 2019

More Real Than Him, by Silvia Park


(Robot SF) A young roboticist secretly tries to make a more-human robot, and in the process becomes friends with a more-successful co-worker. (7,455 words; Time: 24m)

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Review: 2019.445 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The story rolls along well enough, giving us insights into the contrast between Morgan’s life and Di’s. Building the robot is only part of the story; Morgan needs to make herself more human too.

Con: I have a hard time deciding what this story is about. It’s not about some great technological breakthrough; Morgan never delivers a working robot. It’s sort of about Morgan getting a better understanding of herself and then resuming serious work on her robot, but that’s pretty thin. Ultimately it’s way too long for a story that doesn’t really go anywhere.

I found the setup impossible to believe. Someone who stole a co-worker’s valuable equipment from the office would just get fired. No one would let her play with it to see what she could do with it.

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