Thursday, December 24, 2009


Novelette by Stephen L. Burns

Sentient robots have been programmed with a religion designed to keep them from working towards their own civil rights. Against their will, a human offers them a path to freedom but at the expense of their religion, and at the risk of the life of the most psychologically developed robot.

The ending is touching, but on further reflection doesn't make a whole lot of sense. I realize it is about the media battle, but there had to be a better way of "setting him free". And the heavy-handed civil rights movement references get a bit old. But then again the programmed religion angle is done interestingly enough. 3 out of 5 robots would be better off without a Path to Enlightenment.

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