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But is Jerry a robot?
The title of the novella claims that Jerry is not, but the reader will need to make his or her own decision based on the facts of the story. Tying Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics to human decency - and perhaps even a little revenge - this short story is sure to please most lovers of science fiction, and shows that a tale can pack a surprising amount of information and wonder into just fifty pages.
I gave this unusual & interesting book five stars.
Joel is a student looking for a job to fulfill a university contract.
"I had already been released early from two others. The university had a staunch limit of four, but no one wanted to take on a risky student who was 'reluctant to adhere to conventional protocol.' I had considered framing that review."
He had to sign a contract before the old man, Levi would tell him what the job was. They went to an old wooden barn that was locked. He wondered why the fellow was locked in. Then Jerry, who was a massive five meter tall metal monster emerged from a stack of hay. I had to look up meter conversion since I still think in feet. That's almost 16 and a half feet, an impressive size.
"But locks work both ways, I thought. They keep things in & keep things out. Maybe he was just protecting Jerry not keeping him locked up."
Jerry Is Not a Robot was an intriguing story that blended science fiction & a dystopian future. It was a pleasure to read & I will look for more of Gregory Marlow's writing.
Link to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B013VQF44Q
[Barb's husband Greg]
Marlow weaves a decent tapestry here that calls to the past as well as the future. There is the smell of diesel, of old barns and broken dreams. There is also the whiff of technology overlaid to try to make the world a better place. There is also more than a little nod to self-sacrifice and heroism.
There is a little of the Iron Giant here, and a lot to love. We get a glimpse of the future world laid out in the book, as well as just enough backstory to explain the characters' motivations. There's even some giant robot action.
This is a tale well told. It packs a lot of heart and narrative into a small package.