Tired of science fiction filled with angst-ridden teens and dystopian futures completely devoid of aliens and robots? Settle in and let me tell you a tale about an angst-ridden young woman and the robot who simply could not break her heart!
Robot/Girlfriend is the centerpiece of this new collection of short stories from award-winning writer John Cosper. A robot cannot harm a human being. It’s against their programming to do anything that would bring physical harm to a human. But what would happen if a robot learned about emotional pain? What would happen if a robot learned that humans can have their hearts broken?
The story of a robot and the woman he can never hurt is just one of many unique twists on the science fiction in this new story collection, revised and updated in 2019. Robot/ Girlfriend also includes “Drip Drip,” the short story that inspired Cindy Maples’s film “Out of My Mind”; the award winning shorts “The Telemarketer” and “Tolerance”; and the stories that inspired the short films “Til Zombies Do Us Part,” “Final Ultimatum,” and “A Conscientious Objector of Mars.” You’ll meet time travelers trying to change the past, have a ghostly encounter with a writer’s worst nightmare, and tag along with a high school cheerleader whom, it is foretold, is destined to save the galaxy.
Robot/Girlfriend won’t be the longest book you read this summer, but it also won’t leave you wallowing in a dystopian funk. Filled with strange twists and humor, it’s a great introduction to a new author who still remembers when science fiction could be fun.
Number of pages: 130
Books are signed by John Cosper.