Having suffered the loss of her biological son decades earlier, an overly sentimental roboticist resorts to extreme measures to convince an impatient review board that her latest project, an advanced robot "boy" with humanlike articulation and a penchant for self-preservation, has somehow developed into a conscience being.
But is her conviction an act of courage in the face of unreceptive, profit-minded investors? Or is it an act of denial in the inevitability of losing yet another child?
"As far as short stories about robots are concerned, 'Humanesque' delivers quite a lot of heart to go along with its challenging ideas about artificial intelligence."
--Richard Downey, Robot Stories
Earl Hatsby's fiction has appeared in a variety of literary journals, including Monkeybicycle, Jersey Devil Press and eHorror. His work has been nominated for UCLA's James Kirkwood Prize in Creative Writing. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and three hats.