“You need to make better threats.” “I don’t make threats, and I’m just telling you what I’m going to do.”
Love the voice! For having no emotions, he’s so funny.
“Being asked to stay, with a please and an option for refusal, hit me almost as hard as a human asking for my opinion and actually listening to me.”
He’s not a murderous rogue robot; he’s a security unit who has hacked his control module. Self-controlled. An augmented human, human-killing machine construct, a cyborg perhaps. But not a murderbot. Just as comfort units are not sexbots.
“Even I knew I couldn’t spend the rest of my lifespan riding alone on cargo transports and consuming media, as attractive as that sounded.”
See? It can be done. Wells uses “te” for an individual whose gender identity does not fit the binary convention of English. It’s instantly understandable and not confusing, like other authors’ use of “they.”
“I liked humans … where they can’t interfere with me.”
Nice cover art.
“He panicked … ‘You can’t–’ Oh yeah, I could.”