Requiem For A Servo: A Short Story

By B.P. Shea

Sci-Fi, Short stories | eBook


When human interaction takes place through proxy service drones, is it still interaction? In New Boston of the 25th Century, nobody asks such quaint questions; drone-to-drone interaction is the very definition of human contact. With fan clubs and animated films recording their acts of derring-do, who would have it any other way? Police servo Stryker 309 seems to have had enough of all that. He stands on the roof of the Commonwealth Bank Building, under a blaze of spotlights and worried fans, ready to leap to his own destruction. Why would the human controlling him from his distant Proxy Pod do such a thing when his “servo” was so adored? Can police servo Beacon 42 talk Stryker’s proxy out of sending his own servo off the ledge? And when a servo commits suicide, is it suicide or murder? To answer these questions, Beacon 42 must take a leap of his own, questioning the very meaning of his profession, his choices, and what society holds most dear.


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When human interaction takes place through proxy service drones, is it still interaction? In New Boston of the 25th Century, nobody asks such quaint questions; drone-to-drone interaction is the very definition of human contact. With fan clubs and animated films recording their acts of derring-do, who would have it any other way? Police servo Stryker 309 seems to have had enough of all that. He stands on the roof of the Commonwealth Bank Building, under a blaze of spotlights and worried fans, ready to leap to his own destruction. Why would the human controlling him from his distant Proxy Pod do such a thing when his “servo” was so adored? Can police servo Beacon 42 talk Stryker’s proxy out of sending his own servo off the ledge? And when a servo commits suicide, is it suicide or murder? ...


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B.P. Shea writes stories for people who wonder what’s up there. His stories of first contact and adventures in the stars explore how contact impacts not only mankind, but the aliens who also thought they were alone in the universe. What aliens might think of us, and each other, offers as much wonder and adventure for today's readers as more common tales of humans fighting alien invaders. Drawing on his years in Asia, Australia, and the United States, B.P. Shea’s novels and short stories focus on how environment shapes cultures and what happens when those cultures meet on Earth and in the far reaches of space. From the thrilling twists and turns of The Sky People trilogy to the experience of first contact through the eyes of a Taiwanese monk in the forthcoming Moon Of The Buddha, B.P. Shea writes tales of thrilling strangeness for all fans of science fiction.


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B.P. Shea writes stories for people who wonder what’s up there. His stories of first contact and adventures in the stars explore how contact impacts not only mankind, but the aliens who also thought they were alone in the universe. What aliens might think of us, and each other, offers as much wonder and adventure for today's readers as more common tales of humans fighting alien invaders. Drawing ...


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