Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Berrien C Henderson's "The Jisei of Mark VIII" (short story, free): A robot cannot stand being reassigned a different job

Familiar themes, but well told story.

Story summary.

Model Mark VIII Eldercare Robot aka Marcus has been in service of Sophia Loggia for 13 years, taking care of her daily needs. Now the old woman has died, & robot must report back to his makers - Clockwork Corp - for reprogramming for a different assignment.

Reprogramming means wiping out precious memories of Madam Sophia. He would rather commit a complete suicide...

Fact sheet.

First published: Clarkesworld, February 2009.
Rating: A.
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Related: Robot stories.