“Human Man’s Burden,” Robert Sheckley, 1956

“Human Man’s Burden,” Robert Sheckley, 1956 – A frontiersman orders a Frontier Bride and gets a Luxury Model instead.  All the while, the “soulless,” carefree, childlike robot slaves—who sing “spirituals” and whose language was programmed by a “Human Supremicist”–do everything possible to make sure the “Boss” falls in love.

Comments: Themes of gender and race. A Sheckley satire (?) utilizing an insidiousness stock narrative (i.e., wife-shopping for the farm).  Is it a distraction to cover a more interesting narrative?  Multiple readings possible.  Read in 12 Great Classics.

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.”


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