"she is lonely, and skeptical of my ability to ease her loneliness"
November 19, 2021 5:39 AM   Subscribe

"Unit Two Does Her Makeup" by Laura Duerr (published this year): "She is smiling, but I see and catalog and evaluate thousands of smiles every day. Hers is tentative." "Maslow's Howitzer" by Miriam Oudin (previously): "I shipped from the factory with several hundred variations of the offer I was about to make." Two fun scifi stories about robots figuring out how to fulfill their needs -- in caring for themselves and for others.
posted by brainwane (4 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
"Your robot sister is pissy about your makeup, and threw shade at you, and now you want to quit?” LOL.

The Maslow story is very sweet.
posted by jenfullmoon at 11:33 AM on November 19, 2021 [1 favorite]

That was surprisingly good.
posted by brambleboy at 7:46 PM on November 19, 2021

If I could just stop at the two stories posted...
I'll never get to bed before midnight.

dream read on

Thank you, brainwane
posted by BlueHorse at 8:53 PM on November 19, 2021

"Unit Two Does Her Makeup" is also available in audio; I was wrong and it was not originally published this year. It was originally published by Escape Pod in 2017.
posted by brainwane at 6:02 AM on December 5, 2021

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