Saturday, January 22, 2011

A Programmatic Approach to Perfect Happiness

Short Story by Tim Pratt
Read for Escape Pod by Steve Eley

A sentient robot's examination of his marriage to a human woman. He adjusts his programming to make her happier, and in return, maybe he is adjusting her as well.

There is a definite correlation to the need of human couples to compromise and change themselves in subtle ways to make their partners happier, with some dark, robot-war overtones and some hilarious bits of subtle humor. Also, his emo human stepdaughter seems to have caught a "happiness virus". Very convenient.

I love Tim Pratt as always. This isn't his best work, but it is subtle and funny and thoughtful. And Steve Eley's outro bit about "topping from the bottom" made me giggle a bit as well. P.S. not a story for kids.

3.5 out of 5 fathers are less chill than Robopop.

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