“Warm,” Robert Sheckley, 1953 – Anders is about to meet his fiancé, Judy, whom he describes as a “reactive machine,” when he hears a disembodied voice calling for help.
Comments: Read in Great Tales of SF. A story of “performing” male/female relationships, “reading” the body (here, one that is a performing automaton), seeing one’s “self” (body), and comprehending others by “gestalt.” Online text at Project Gutenberg.
Author: Wikipedia: “Robert Sheckley (July 16, 1928 – December 9, 2005) was a Hugo- and Nebula-nominated American author. First published in the science fiction magazines of the 1950s, his numerous quick-witted stories and novels were famously unpredictable, absurdist and broadly comical.”