Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Inside the Body of Relatives, by Octavia Cade

[Asimov's]
★★★☆☆

(SF Drama) A senior citizen in declining health fights with the house AI which wants him/her to seek out human companionship. (3,729 words; Time: 12m)

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"Inside the Body of Relatives," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 11-12|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.627 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The nameless protagonist (whose gender we never learn) rather enjoys a solitary existence, but the house seems determined to pressure him/her into finding more people to be involved with. The heart of the story is the dialogue between the two, in which the senior argues that he/she isn’t really alone because the cat and even the trees from which the house was made are related to humans.

Con: I just can’t stop thinking that he/she needed to call customer support to find out how to get the house to stop nagging. The person was perfectly happy, and the house’s nagging resulted in him/her turning it off and then being unable to seek help when injured.

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