Star Trek: “The Mission” and Other Stories

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{4.5/5} “He’s wishing for something he doesn’t have. Something he wants. If he is just a hologram programmed to react by a computer, how could he possibly wish for anything? All he would know, all he could know, is what he has. But to wish — ah, you have to be human to desire more […]

Star Trek: SNW — The Illyrian Enigma

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{4.5/5} “So why does it feel like I’m betraying April’s trust? I’m upset about Una, it’s true. Am I letting that cloud my judgment? Putting my devotion to my crew above my duty as captain? I tell myself no. And try to believe it.” Star Trek: Strange New Worlds — The Illyrian Enigma by Kirsten […]

I, Robot: To Obey

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{4.5/5} “Lawrence Robertson and his team created something unique, something beyond the understanding of much of society. USR has worked tirelessly for nearly three decades to produce a safe and useful product… Not only do they have a right to have the strongest say in the legacy of their creation, but I believe they knew […]

I, Robot: To Protect

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{4.5/5} “Clearly, robots did not just think and learn. Nate had applied logic to circumstances to account, not only for facts in evidence, but for complex human emotions. Susan knew more than a few living, breathing people with a lesser grasp of empathy than Nate.” I, Robot: To Protect by Mickey Zucker Reichert, published in […]

Have Robot, Will Travel

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{4.5/5} “Ideals are only useful until they get in the way of actually helping people. And behind all that is the real question: What do we owe the reanimes, Derec? Even Jerem Looms once was human. What happened to them isn’t their fault. Once they were us. Has what they suffered made them less than […]

Aurora

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{4.5/5} “Terrans are unreliable, barbaric, evil — too many adjectives, all meaning the same thing. That we should sever all ties and have nothing more to do with them — unless it is to destroy them. The only problem, of course, was that the genie was out of the bottle. There are Settler colonies, Terrans […]

Chimera

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{4.5/5} “In Earth’s long history of social change, fickle politics, and policy-by-trend, the ban on positronics had lasted the longest and tenaciously resisted reform. Hard to believe, on a world where once the newest and brightest and best technologies had been created and dispensed and embraced with almost childlike passion for novelty.” Chimera by Mark […]

Mirage

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{4.5/5} “This conference was supposed to start a process of… well, of demystification between us. A start at debunking some of the erroneous beliefs and tearing down prejudices. Without that process, controlling the illegalities that proliferate between us will never be possible and one of these days we will go to war.” Mirage by Mark […]

Utopia

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{4.5/5} “But I do not worship humans, friend Prospero. I do, however, respect them. I respect their power, their abilities, and their capabilities. I understand that, like it or not, we survive at their sufferance. They can destroy us. We cannot destroy them. That is reality.” Utopia by Roger MacBride Allen, published in 1996 Roboticist […]

Inferno

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{4.5/5} “Revolutions made for complicated politics, caused fortunes to be made and lost, changed friends to enemies, enemies to friends. Shared assumptions turned into points of controversy during the night. The invaluable turned worthless, and what had been common became rare — and priceless. New ways of making a living, new ways of committing a […]