About the Author
R. Anthony Mahan is nineteen years old and has aspired to be a writer since winning a short story contest in the fourth grade, which caused him to discover his new-found passion. He's always been fascinated by the potential that could lie within our future, and has thus selected science fiction as his genre of choice. Ryan finds robots in fiction generally more relatable than human characters. Many conventional works of fiction have featured robots turning evil and rebelling, with humanity painted as the heroic figures fighting against them. However, mankind is not perfect, and in fact, humanity itself is perfectly capable of evil. Because of this R. Anthony Mahan decided to create a deconstruction of the typical robot story. The robots never rebel, continuing to do the tasks they were programmed to, yet we see the human characters steadily de-evolving and committing atrocities against these machines. The novel attempts to examine how society would seriously be impacted by such machines existing and becoming widespread. Would businesses hiring these machines affect employment rates? Would violence against these robots become commonplace, and would new laws be necessary to prevent such action? What sort of person would be willing to invent these machines, and why? If these robots have the same level of intelligence as human beings, does this also include emotional intelligence? If circumstances called for it, could they feel anger, grief, or even love? "But Whether Men Do" is an examination of the robot that provides a sobering punch of realism to the creature that has captivated the minds of science fiction readers for so long.