Test the Robot (#SFFSAT)

So, Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday: a mouthful, a blog  hop, a hive mind of the most geek-tastic brains out there. Some guidelines, a little welcome:

Welcome to Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday. On the surface, it’s a web ring of authors who post snippets of their work for comment. In reality, it’s a close-knit group of friends and colleagues working together to support and encourage one another and promote the science fiction and fantasy genres.

– JC Cassels, 2012


  1. Absolutely no erotica or explicit content. This ring is for all ages to read. This is the founding reason for this ring, and any diversions will be removed from the final list on Saturday.
  2. Length of snippets:
    • Prose: 4 – 10 sentences.
    • Poetry: 4 – 10 lines.
  3. Any and all comments on the authors’ work are welcome, but please take care to keep them constructive.

I’ve been sharing snippets from a wip called Human: a tale about a detective who meets an android. And can’t get her out of his head, which leads to trouble, of course.

Last week Jack apologized for getting handsy when he interrupted Adelyn going out for repairs. This week we pick up with the two having left her apartment for the actual repairs via Jack’s vehicle. Adelyn isn’t a fan.

When Jack pulled up outside of the repair shop Adelyn had directed him to, the android promptly jumped off of the vehicle, tearing her helmet off to give him the angriest, most frightened look he’d ever seen on a robot’s face.

“What?” Jack laughed, sliding off of the bike himself. The sleek, metal body gleamed in the dim light that filtered through the sky-scraping buildings around them. They were in the Reigel district, aptly nicknamed “mod city.” Most of the shops and buildings were barely legal locales that specialized in giving anyone the little boost they so desperately needed to remain current.

“What?” Adelyn repeated incredulously. “Were you trying to terrify me? Test the robot?”

“Of course not,” Jack said defensively. “Don’t be ridiculous.”

It seems he’s gotten himself right back into trouble. More next week. Until then: SFFSAT snippets to entertain all day.


Past SFFSAT snippets: Human Snippet IHuman Snippet IIHuman Snippet IIIHuman Snipet IVHuman Snippet VHuman Snippet VIHuman Snippet VIIHuman Snippet VIIIHuman Snippet IXHuman Snippet XHuman XIHuman XIIHuman XIIIHuman XIVHuman XV, Human XVI.


20 thoughts on “Test the Robot (#SFFSAT)

  1. The best thing about this is that he’s telling the truth. The second best is that she’s so. . . human here. Or maybe I have that reversed?

    Either way, I love this story so much.

    1. I agree with both (all three?) of those statements. I don’t know how much justice I’ve been doing for the story, but I do love it and that’s mostly due to that question of…who is more human here? Hoping I’m not being all shallow with it, though. Heh. Thanks, Sarah.

  2. Either Adelyn is showing human emotions, or Jack is a reallllly bad driver. Hee hee. I like how everything is twisty and turny and tangled with real and unreal or fabricated or replicated emotions here. Good stuff. So, honestly, how WOULD a robot react? Hmmm….

    1. It might be a little bit of both. I love that you like the twisty turny real or not emotion thing, because I really want that aspect to exist. Haha. How would a robot react? Depends on the robot and their programming, I think.

    1. Yeah, I know, right? And we’ll see some of that threat this week. As you get to know Jack, you’ll find that he doesn’t take a lot of logic into account. And that costs him dearly.

  3. Love the description of the part of the city they’re in. Very clear picture in just a few sentences.

    Also really like the interaction between them. Great snippet, as usual. :)

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