No Home For a God

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After a final check of my suit, I stepped out the airlock into the Yard. Silence, and then, clanking and grinding. I winced.
Someone needs repairs. I hit the button for Tia.
Life on Mars was quiet, tenuous, and lonely. I was stationed with two other scientists, old men even more introverted than I.
And three dozen robots, scattered across the surface of the planet. They called this meager base Home. We should have given it a proper name, but it was their Home. The only Home.
This project had been conceived decades ago, before any of these robots had been constructed.
What will we do when we create Ones which are truly self-aware?
We cannot destroy them, beings like us.
Cannot enslave them.
Earth is too crowded already.
And so the Martian base became their reservation. They could work if they chose, as areologists, or what they would. Fuels and supplies parachuted down.
I was the ambassador.
I watched Tia replace a motor in Joe’s aft limb. So gentle she looked.
Male and female we created them.

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  1. Avatar Radical Yellow Duck

    Nice.

    I like the biblical reference.

    But why have ambassadors? Did we recognize them diplomatically? Perhaps governor or guardian would be a better title.

  2. Avatar Mighty-Joe Young (A.K.A Strong Coffee)(LoA)

    oh i really like this it was delicates and gentile with apocolyptic overtones.

  3. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    well, creators, but do they revere the humans? probably not gods to them, then.
    I love the tender ending, but yes, it is ominous. shall they multiply?

  4. Avatar Revenant Rover

    Ah, but I wrote it from the human POV. Because it was easier. The narrator on Mars is like Frankenstein on the ice.
    One idea I had was a cute little baby robot, but that would take a lot of words to describe properly.

  5. Avatar Wyatt Aapr LoA

    I haven’t read any ScFi in years, but this did get my attention. Nice descriptions.

  6. Avatar Marli

    very bleak forcast. A bit of depressive overtures?

  7. Avatar Jessica Cahill

    I like this very much, artificial sentience is such a fertile place to draw stories from, and is one of my favorites in SciFi. I like the human PoV, and would love to see more of this.

  8. Avatar Alexa Reed (LoA)

    I agree with Elsha, that although we were able to create the robots, the fact that they outsmart us means they wouldn’t revere us as Gods (more like a teenager does his/her out-of-touch parents).

    I think it is a depiction of our not-so-distant future, but you should flesh it out more (use additional Ficlets. It’s allowed).

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