Title: Instead of Loving Heart
Author: Jeremiah Tolbert
In: The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk (Sean Wallace)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Dieselpunk
Dates read: 17th April 2019
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: It is the perfect transportation for a jewel thief of her skill; painted black, with stylized diamonds on the sides.
A mad scientist runs rampant through his castle, but only his daughter cares about the artist-turned-machine that he created. Will tragedy strike, or will his work change the tide of the war?
I’ve never felt sorry for a robot before. I’ve liked them. But I’ve never actually felt incredibly sympathetic towards one and just wanted to give it such a big hug. Until this short story. Now I just want to reach through the pages and give this poor automaton a huge hug!!!
This tale beautifully highlights the battle between creative and logic. The idea that somehow the creative is worth less than the objective and logic seems to come up again and again in everyday conversation. The mad scientist in this story decided that a body and brain that were creating beauty and aesthetically pleasing paintings wasn’t worth keeping around. So he altered it to serve a purely logical purpose. And might I say, kind of a boring one too…