A Robot’s Deep Breath (#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 Adelyn gave Jack a piece of her mind about his reckless driving to her apartment at a repair shop. She’s not quite done with him yet:

“You rely on human senses that barely got your species through the dark ages, and you have the nerve to risk me and my research. For what? A thrill?” She took a breath, Jack was amazed to see. He didn’t think she needed to breathe. “I have no other way to return home, so, I will be getting back on it, but I’ll tell you this, Jack. If you drive like that when we have to leave here, I will break that thing into a million pieces when we arrive. And with my bare hands.”

Jack opened his mouth, and then shut it, staring into her wide eyes. She had been genuinely scared.

Well, maybe he’ll be more considerate now? I don’t know. He’s pretty dense in that way. We’ll see next week. Until then: the wonders of speculation await you.


Past SFFSAT snippets: Human Snippet I, Human Snippet II, Human Snippet III, Human Snipet IV, Human Snippet V, Human Snippet VI, Human Snippet VII, Human Snippet VIII, Human Snippet IX, Human Snippet X, Human XI, Human XII, Human XIII, Human XIV, Human XV, Human XVI, Human XVII, Human XVIII.


18 thoughts on “A Robot’s Deep Breath (#SFFSAT)

    1. Thanks, Patrick! She does mimic a human so closely that it’s hard to tell the difference. It’s part of her very specific purpose, which she has yet to fully realize. Or accept.

  1. I’m surprised she doesn’t threaten to break him. Curious about her “breathing” though – is it an affection or necessary to her functions?

  2. Well, yeah, of course she’s scared! Her research is precious!

    This half-Ravenclaw understands. ;)

    Great snippet, as always. Love the complexity of the characters and their relationship. Can’t wait to see more.

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