Monday, April 8, 2013

David G Blake's "To my father" (flash fiction, free): Lament of an unloved "child"

Illustration by Jacey accompanying the original publication in Nature magazine of short story To my father by David G BlakeIt read like just another story till: "to learn what it was that I felt as I stared down at you and your new family: diminished, as though I had become nothing more than an outmoded contrivance." From then on, it was a different story for me.

It's an emotional one - lament of a sentient robot, abandoned by its creator during a disaster. Replace robot with an unloved adopted child or a pet, & it might feel a little more familiar.

Fact sheet.

First published: Nature, 31 January 2013.
Download full text from publisher's site.
Rating: A.