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LETTERS TO AN ANDROID
Wendy Rathbone


Cobalt is a created human, vat grown and born adult, with no human rights and indentured to serve others for the duration of his life. Liyan is a young man with wanderlust in his eyes, embarking on a career that takes him to the furthest regions of space. The two become unlikely friends and create a memorable long-distance correspondence. Through Liyan, Cobalt gets to explore the universe, living vicariously through his friend’s wave transmissions. A strong bond develops between them that not even the stars can put asunder.
 


 

Now you know an android who writes poetry.

This is all your fault. Did you not read my last wave telling you extracurricular activities for my kind are discouraged? Of course this is harmless and strangely enjoyable and does not necessarily require me to leave the hotel. Pel would not care if I wrote lines of equations or nonsensical juxtaposed words. As long as the act does not bring my mental state into question.

However, in history, poetry is often written by the rebels.

So we can keep this to ourselves.

Let me know about your lieutenant’s test.

And to give you peace of mind, I never believed you observed me as anything other than human.

Some people are and always will be hateful bigots. Most people are simply uncomfortable in speaking to “property.” And anyway, friendship, like poetry, is also discouraged.

Your friend,
Cobalt


LETTERS TO AN ANDROID
6x9" Trade Paperback
244 pages
ISBN: 978-0989693875
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One Amazon reviewer said...

Letters to an Android is about a young man (Liyan) who works towards his dream of roaming the stars, and an android (Cobalt), who also dreams, but who cannot do anything about it, because he is only an android, a slave, and must answer to his master.

The story was very sad, and full of angst and longing, and I want the characters to be together so badly, you have no idea. For you see, Cobalt and Liyan can only see each other occasionally, which makes the single hug, the one dinner, the touch to the small of the back - all these things stand out to me and I got really involved in what was going to happened to them in the end.

I was worried the entire time reading this story that that Cobalt and Liyan would not be together at the end of the story. Will Liyan be able to afford and buy Cobalt? Will Liyan inherit Cobalt somehow? Will Cobalt kill Juneau? Good grief. I'm getting all worked up about an android - which I can credit entirely to Wendy's writing talents.

At one point, Liyan sends Cobalt a ring and a piece of a long dead star. Oh, man. That was so good, the way Wendy set it up, how the ring captures the light of the stars so that Cobalt can have that with him always. I almost freaked out with thinking that someone would take the ring from Cobalt, that someone would declare that androids can't have possessions!

I loved the settings as well, the many settings! As Liyan goes from planet to star system to planet, Wendy’s ability to worldbuild is amazing. I got drawn in to places I never knew could exist, out there in space. But Wendy makes me believe.


 



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"The author has made very conscious choices here to use language to tell the tale as much as the plot devices and plot twists. This is what makes this such a satisfyingly unusual and gorgeous story."
-Alayne Gelfand

 

 


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