"Questing Beast" is a 2006 science fiction short story by Ilona Andrews. It is about a small robot who has a computer virus which causes him to think he is Sir Pellinore.
Are You a Fan of King Arthur?
I have always found the legend of King Arthur to be fascinating and fun to read. This easy-to-read and fun story provides a bit of a modern twist on one of the knights from that famous tale.
Sean is in big trouble. With only days before the committee arrives to evaluate his final survey report, the computers on Nemuria have contracted a nasty virus and are holding his data hostage. There is one small chance, however, and that is the small nanny robot which sometimes stores back-ups. But the virus has caused it to believe it is an Arthurian knight… and the only way to fix it is to provide the mythical “Questing Beast” so that it can capture it – then the virus will purge itself and Sean can get his report done. Or at least that is what he’s hoping for. He has to pull every string he has to get the beast made, but even that may not be enough.
Some Interesting Tidbits
- Word count: 5,241 (10 pages)
- Did you know that Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team? Yep. You can learn more about this creative team on their web site.
Where To Find Questing Beast
- This short story was first published in issue #23 (June 2006) of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine.
- "Questing Beast" can be read (or downloaded in many formats) for free online at Smashwords.
Craving More SF Stories Like This One?
If you liked "Questing Beast" then you may also enjoy “From The Lost Diary Of TreeFrog7” by Nnedi Okorafor – about a team of jungle explorers who are searching for an ancient computerized plant.