Write about an android just trying to blend in with their human companions.
Posted in Science Fiction on Jul 31, 2021
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“Maladroit” by Anne McSommers
Elanor paused before she spoke. Was it time for her to speak? Was that gap for dramatic effect, or was Thomas really done speaking? She ran through 47,329 scenarios in the 20 second silence and before she could insert her reply, she was beat to it by another. She didn’t understand how they knew it was their turn. They had such a limited processing capacity, and yet with certainty they knew when it was ...
“The Ones Who Really Care” by Deborah Mercer
“Some of them think she’s real, bless them,” said Adrienne, drinking deep of her mug of tea. There was a saying about tea so strong you could stand a spoon up in it. Well, that didn’t really exist, of course, but Adrienne, the “head of the care team” as she called herself, at the Tall Pines Care Home (which had a few stunted conifers bought when they were on offer at the local garden centre dotted at irregular interva...
“The Adventuring Android Boy” by Brandon Johnson
For the longest time my mind felt trapped in the spiderweb called wind. I was all alone in the middle of a dry empty plain where the sun shined high in the sky and the wind blew all the time. I felt compelled to collect the sand, but all of my attempts always ended once it sifted through my fingers and rode the air to places I’d never reach. I started to hate that place and decided the only other thing I could do was not...
“To Be Or Not To Be” by Philip Clayberg
The clothing I wore felt uncomfortable. My epidermal sensors kept notifying me that there was something unfamiliar covering the surface of my body. But without the clothing, the differences between myself and the humans around me would be even more obvious. The clothing would be interpreted by others as protection rather than as a disguise. They showed no sign of overt interest in me. To them, I was simply another human.A street vendor offered me a mug of hot, steaming liquid. “Here's some hot tea. This should warm you u...
“Bot” by Cassia Savage
“What’s her name, Jenny?” That’s the first thing I hear when I get out of the box. I open my eyes. Blink. I’m lying on a wooden floor. There’s a box to the right of me and in front of me, blocking all vision of the room, is a woman and a child. The woman has dark brown hair that’s braided down her back. The tips are dyed purple, the same color as her eyes. The child looks about four, with the same dark hair but hers is...
“Becoming” by Catherine Stevens
Loneliness is a strange concept for an A.I.; nevertheless that is definitely what I am feeling. Feelings are another strange concept. I wasn’t programmed with any, but how else can I logically explain the emptiness and hopelessness I’ve felt since Amelia ceased to function. I’m sorry, that’s the wrong term. Amelia was a carbon based entity, a human, she died. She had found me in a crate, in an abandon section of the city. I had been thrown out, abandone...
“Robot Glory” by Cynthia Prokarym
My gig is in Tennessee this time. I’ve got that Southern drawl going on like any of the locals, and I'm dressed casual like them, too. Like always favors like. A bit of behavioral wisdom.Wouldn't they be shocked to know I'm not really one of them, not even by a long shot? Well, what they know won't hurt them in this case.Comedy is just my part-time thing. I have a day job at a local factory, but not because I need money. It's so I can look the part of a real...
“Narrative of Wonder” by Diana Quill
The life of people is presented as an Overstory. They tend to present to the world the things they want people to see, the image they want to be viewed. In the rare cases where raw moments and secrets are shared (the Mid- or Understory of their lives), it is just that: above ground. No roots are penetrated, as they are not meant to be. Roots do not reach for the sun, for this is the job of leaves. People are like plants ...
“That one a.k.a. Scoopy saved my life.” by Somegenius Kid
“Ooh!! That one. I want that one.” I said without thinking. “Are you sure?” My parents asked. “Yes.” That one caught my eye. Nothing else was going to be better. “Yes, that one.” I said again.************************************************************10 Years Later************************************************************ “Rrrrrrr!” I screamed. “What’s wrong,” My parents asked. Scoopy purred next to me. “I don’t want to talk about it forever and ever!!” I screamed. “Scoopy, c...
“A Foreign Feeling” by Natalia Suarez
Words are rarely spoken. They simply don’t reflect what they perceive easily. It is something to be earned. This ‘love’ sort of feeling is complicated isn't it? Copying is the only mechanism that can be used at this moment. I am meant for a greater purpose. I know it.Michael seems to be careless, but I know better. He has declared himself my friend. All he acts and he plays out to be is so easy to read. I simply cannot understand how Michelle can’t see through it. As much as I ‘like’ him, he is insufficient. Happiness ca...
“One of Them.” by Nikhilesh Yuvaraj
Series X of the Android bot was ditched, the creator died. Headlines of the news read: inventor of Android Bot found dead after tests go corrupt. Was it the Creation that went corrupt or the Creator? There was an eerie presence for the people near the Creator, at least that's what they called him. If it was a him, he, no. They were never seen in public, or at all. They probably don't exist, then how was...
“Run, Little Rabbit” by Maddie Logemann
The little polka dotted raincoat wasn’t doing much anymore. The rain came down so hard, so fast, and the wind whipped back her hood if she didn’t hold on to it. But if she tried to hold the hood with slick, clammy little fingers, the water ran down into her sleeves instead. And anywhere the water met her seams, it hissed like a kicked cat. There was the crack in her throat too. When droplets trailed down her cheeks, down...
“On the Outside” by Sjan Evardsson
What does the most advanced artificial intelligence in the world look like? Like a five-foot-four, Chinese-American, human female with pixie-cut black hair, brown eyes, and a scattering of freckles. At least, that’s what I look like on the outside. All the fears about advanced AI being an existential threat to humanity are wholly unfounded, and largely the result of anthropomorphizing the motivations of AI. This...
“Am I Programmed to Love Her?” by Artemis Rowan
I can feel my heart, if you can call it a heart, thumping. The mechanism is beating so fast because my date… no. My partner? No. My girlfriend? I hope so. Whatever I am to her — whatever she is to me — I can't explain my feelings. All I know is that each look, each touch, makes my circuits feel like they're shorting out. My heart mechanism races as she rubs little circles into my hand with her thumb. She talks about how ...
“A Friend...Made to Order?” by S. F. Brooke
The factory was bustling with activity every single day, every single minute, every single second of the year. The workers had plain faces, brought down with long hours and minimal pay, as they pieced together the perfect orders. Years spent in neon yellow vests working away to created F.R.I.E.N.D.s for other people. The robots, droids, freaks, whatever one wanted to call them were made bit by bit per order across the globe. Thousands of F.R.I.E.N.D.S were made in a day and sent in coffin-shaped boxes to their home address awa...
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