“I Made You,” Walter M. Miller, Jr., 1954

“I Made You,” Walter M. Miller, Jr., 1954 – Tense story of a malfunctioning robot, as it seeks to destroy all sound and motion on the moon.

Comments: The dialogue is terrible, but the robot’s observations of the human as the other (thing) that “makes noise” may be of interest.  Read in Metal Smile.  David N. Samuelson comments in “The Lost Canticles of Walter M. Miller, Jr.“: “By contrast to the peripheral role played by technology in [previously discussed] stories, ‘I Made You’ is a pure ‘sorcerer’s apprentice’ sketch, about a war machine on the moon which kills anyone who comes within its range, including one of its programmers, because its control circuits are damaged. The reactions and ‘feelings’ of Grumbler are included from one of several viewpoints, but no one or thing seems to matter very much.”

Author: Wikipedia: “Walter Michael Miller, Jr. (January 23, 1923 – January 9, 1996) was an American science fiction author. Today he is primarily known for A Canticle for Leibowitz, the only novel he published in his lifetime. Prior to its publication he was a prolific writer of short stories.”


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