I, Robot single work   short story   science fiction  
Issue Details: First known date: 2009 2009
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The narrator decides to follow his mother's example and sign up for a government program that converts low-income earners into robots. Scientists determine that he is best suited to becoming a protocol droid. The only problem is, he also becomes a protocol droid with an anxiety problem. On an assignment at the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, he follows 'in a tradition practised by many other robots and humans in history: that of seeming to go haywire, and then turning on one's masters and what they stand for.'

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    y Look Who's Morphing Tom Cho , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2009 Z1580990 2009 selected work short story (taught in 6 units)

    Look Who's Morphing is a collection of bizarre, funny, often menacing stories in which, along with his extended family, the central character undergoes a series of transformations, shape-shifting through figures drawn from film and television, music clips and video games, porn flicks and comics. He is Godzilla, a Muppet, and Whitney Houston's bodyguard; the Fonz, a robot, a Ford Bronco 4x4 - and, as a climax, a Gulliver-sized cock rock singer, played upon by an adoring troupe of sexy Lilliputians in short skirts and sailor suits and cheerleader outfits. Within these fantasies there is a deep intellectual and emotional engagement, a fundamental questioning of the nature of identity, and the way it constructs itself in a world dominated by the images of popular culture. – From the publisher's website.

    Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2009
    pg. 99-108
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