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The Fairy Princess: 11/14/10
"The Fairy Princess" by Dennis Danvers in the March / April issue of Fantasy and Science Fiction isn't fantasy as you might expect from the title. Instead it's a science fiction Christmas carol in the vein of Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Here the androids are sex toys. They are rentable like DVDs are and when they are returned they have to be cleaned and their memories wiped. But like the replicants in Dick's novel, the androids want their memories and they've found a way to hold onto them.
Despite the adult content warning it's a good story. It's not that explicit. Mostly the details are left to the imagination. The point isn't on the sex except as a discussion of sex trafficking.
And for the sentimental, it has a happy ending.
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