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Balancing Accounts: 01/22/08
The first story of the February issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine is "Balancing Accounts" by James L. Cambias. It is a fun tale of and AI trying to eke out a living on the edge of our solar system.
The robots in Cambia's story pay lip service to Asimov's three laws of robotics but only as willingly as my son takes to doing his chores. They would much prefer to work freelance and send their credits home to the companies who own them or contract with them.
As I was reading, I was picturing a hybrid of the technology of Cowboy Bebop with the attitude of the robots from Futurama. It works remarkably well.
James L. Cambias is a regular contributor to the magazine but as a new subscriber it's the first story of his I've read. I am looking forward to reading more of his stories.
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