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Eros, Philia, Agape by Rachel Swirsky

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“Eros, Philia, Agape” is a 2009 science fiction novelette by Rachel Swirsky. It is about a woman who is struggling to cope with a divorce from her robot husband.

Another Smart Robot

I have read a few stories in the past couple years about robots who are too intelligent for their own good. All their deep thinking leads to deep questions which inevitably leads to self-destructive behavior. Whew, its a good thing only robots do that and not us humans! 😉

Non-spoiler Summary in a Nutshell

Stout Silver Robot by Jenn and Tony Bot, cc 2.0 license

Adriana is a grieving woman. Of course she hasn’t always been that way, in spite of her overbearing father, self-righteous sisters or quarrelsome friends. In fact it was after her father’s death that she purchased Lucian, a robot companion. And although he caused embarrassment and jealousy for others in her life, Adriana grew to love him – so much so that she actually gave him his freedom. That’s when all the problems started, for a free robot doesn’t always do what you want him to do… does he?

My Two Cents…

  • This was my first Rachel Swirsky story, and wow – she is a great writer! The descriptions she gives in the story are amazing.
  • Although “Eros, Philia, Agape” is a slow paced tragedy, I still found myself drawn in by how beautiful the story (and the language used to describe it) was.
  • It was fun trying to figure out which type of love went with which relationship!

Interesting Tidbits About This Story:

  • Page Count: 20
  • Word Count: 11,799
  • Did you know that Rachel Swirsky is a Master’s of Fine Arts student at the Iowa Writers Workshop? Yep. You can learn more about this author on her web site.
  • “Eros, Philia, Agape” was nominated for the 2010 Hugo Award, Sturgeon Award and Locus Award for Best Novelette – impressive!

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Craving More Science Fiction Short Stories?

If you liked “Eros, Philia, Agape” then you may also enjoy Galatea’s Stepchildren by Sam S. Kepfield – about a female robot who is hired as a secretary by a nice, educated man, and all the things she learns from him.