“Galatea’s Stepchildren” is a 2009 science fiction novelette by Sam S. Kepfield. It is about a female robot who is hired as a secretary by a nice, educated man – and all the things she learns from him.
Another Cool Million Writers Award Story
Here is yet another nifty story I read for this year’s Million Writers Award. This one dealing with one of my favorite ideas in science fiction: robots! Sure, there was a little too much violence and strong language for my tastes, but overall a very interesting story which kept defying what I thought would happen. If you read it let me know what you thought.
Non-spoiler Summary in a Nutshell
A jennifer model robot is hired by a kind man to be his secretary. She is surprised when he doesn’t try to use her as a sex toy but instead gives her a private room and encourages her to read books. Small problem though – the more she reads and learns the more she comes to understand that robots are types of slaves, and that knowledge eventually leads her to take some very drastic actions!
Interesting Tidbits About This Story:
- Page Count: 20
- Word Count: 11,693
Where You Can Find Galatea’s Stepchildren:
- This story was originally published in June 2009 on the online social, political, and speculative cyberfiction magazine The Future Fire – where you can still read it for free.