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THE SECRET LIFE OF BOTS

Suzanne Palmer

  • Original Title: THE SECRET LIFE OF BOTS
  • Publication date: September 2017
  • Publisher: Clarkesworld
  • Country: US
  • 30 print pages
  • Sci-Fi/Anticipation

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  • Epoch: Historical
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Rivalry, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Modernization, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Commitment

Pitch

Autonomous maintenance robots take on a much larger role in saving a spaceship from aliens than the ship's human crew could have ever suspected.

Comments

Awarded a 2018 Hugo Award, in the Best Novelette category.

This novella is best described like an adult version of WALL-E. It’s a novella about how the autonomous maintenance robots on a spaceship quietly play a large part in saving a spaceship from aliens, beyond the expectations of the human crew.

Suzanne Palmer is an American science fiction writer. She has been nominated for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award and the Eugie M. Foster Award. Her short fiction has won reader's awards for Asimov's, Analog, and Interzone magazines, and was listed in Locus Magazine's Recommended Reading. Her work has been included in numerous anthologies, including three of THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION OF THE YEAR, edited by Neil Clarke.

Summary

Bot 9 has been in storage for a while. It’s a dated model with a reputation for instability, but when the ship runs into a crisis, even temperamental old multibots are called to assist. 9 is to deal with a pest problem –something is chewing through the walls – and while it would prefer a more important job, it dutifully sets about hunting down vermin.

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  • Author’s biography

    Suzanne Palmer is an American science fiction writer. She has been nominated for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award and the Eugie M. Foster Award. Her short fiction has won reader's awards for Asimov's, Analog, and Interzone magazines, and was listed in Locus Magazine's Recommended Reading. Her work has been included in numerous anthologies, including the 35th Annual YEAR'S BEST SCIENCE FICTION, edited by Gardner Dozois and volumes two and three of THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION OF THE YEAR, edited by Neil Clarke.