The Soul Machine single work   short story   science fiction  
Alternative title: The Tin Messiah
Issue Details: First known date: 1969 1969
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Grimes is given a seemingly straightforward the assignment by Survey Service command to ferry a Mr Adam from Lindisfarne Base (Earth) to Delacron. However, he soon discovers that this is no ordinary passenger. Mr Adam is an advanced robot that has been manufactured by the Federation for the sole purpose of stirring up revolt among the robots on a planet that happens to be in the Federation’s bad books. Unaware of these plans or Mr Adam's purpose Grimes invites it to the control room to observe the ship's departure, and later to his cabin for drinks and a yarn. It's a simple act of kindness that inadvertently leads to mutiny.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y Galaxy Science Fiction vol. 129 no. 2 October 1969 Z1665208 1969 periodical issue science fiction 1969 pg. 67-77
  • Appears in:
    y The Hard Way Up A. Bertram Chandler , New York (City) : Ace Books , 1972 Z1839007 1972 selected work short story science fiction

    A short story collection comprising: 'With Good Intentions,' 'The Subtracter' (aka 'The Minus Effect'), 'The Tin Messiah' (aka 'The Soul Machine'), 'The Sleeping Beauty,' 'The Wandering Buoy,' 'The Mountain Movers' and 'What You Know.' The collection was first published in 1972 as one half of an Ace Doubles edition (with Robert Lory's The Veiled World).

    New York (City) : Ace Books , 1972
  • Appears in:
    y The Best from Galaxy : Volume I New York (City) : Award Books , 1972 Z1901777 1972 anthology short story science fiction Comprises stories by such authors as Theodore Stugeon, Harlan Ellison, A. Bertram Chandler, James Blish, Larry Niven, John Brunner and Stephen Tall.
    New York (City) : Award Books , 1972
    pg. 48-61
  • Appears in:
    y From Sea to Shining Star A. Bertram Chandler , Fyshwick : Dreamstone , 1990 Z309117 1990 selected work short story science fiction

    This collection of thirty Chandler stories spans his entire career. Many of the stories, which were only available in hard-to-find magazines, are accompanied by illustrations.

    In a review of the collection published in Eidolon 4 (March 1991), Leigh Edmonds writes, 'The stories fall into two sections, as the title suggests. The first third or so of the collection, "From Sea . . .", contains stories set mainly on this planet, while the second two thirds. . . To Shining Star", are space-faring stories. A great many of the stories are really, however, seafaring ones with all the lore of the sea and Chandler's experience in the merchant marine finding expression. Some stories deal directly with the experience of travelling at sea or in space, others tell stories about the people who travel, either on their journeys or once they arrive'.

    Source: Eidolon ('From Sea to Shining Star').

    Fyshwick : Dreamstone , 1990
    pg. 211-220
Alternative title: Die Seelenmaschine
Language: German

Works about this Work

Russia and the Writer A. Bertram Chandler , 1974 single work essay
— Appears in: Philosophical Gas , March no. 27 1974; A. Bertram Chandler 2004-;

In the wake of Alexander Solzhenitsyn's expulsion from Russia in 1974, Chandler recalls some of his experiences with the country and its people, and in particular the response to several of his stories.

Russia and the Writer A. Bertram Chandler , 1974 single work essay
— Appears in: Philosophical Gas , March no. 27 1974; A. Bertram Chandler 2004-;

In the wake of Alexander Solzhenitsyn's expulsion from Russia in 1974, Chandler recalls some of his experiences with the country and its people, and in particular the response to several of his stories.

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