Winner of over 30 awards, "e;Robot Stories"e; is science fiction from the heart, four stories starring Tamlyn Tomita ("e;Joy Luck Club,"e; "e;Babylon 5"e;) and Sab Shimono ("e;The Big Hit,"e; "e;Suture"e;) in which utterly human characters struggle to connect in a world of robot babies and android office workers. The stories include: "e;My Robot Baby,"e; in which a couple must care for a robot baby before adopting a human child; "e;The Robot Fixer,"e; in which a mother tries to connect with her dying son by completing his toy robot collection; "e;Machine Love,"e; in which an office worker android learns that he, too, needs love; and "e;Clay,"e; in which an old sculptor must choose between natural death and digital immortality. My Robot Baby: Before they can adopt a human child, young professionals Marcia (Tamlyn Tomita) and Roy (James Saito) must prove themselves by taking care of a robot baby. But when Roy leaves on a business emergency and the robot begins to malfunction, Marcia must confront her fears of the machine - and of motherhood itself. The Robot Fixer: Bernice Chin (Wai Ching Ho) has never really known her estranged son Wilson. Now a car accident has put Wilson into a coma. And the only clue he's left behind is a box of twenty-year-old toy robots. As her daughter Grace (Cindy Cheung) presses her to deal with Wilson's deteriorating condition, Bernice becomes obsessed with Wilson's toys, as if repairing the robots will help her connect with her unreachable son. Machine Love: The latest component of the digital office, the Sprout G9 iPerson is a walking, talking coding machine programmed to fit seamlessly into its work environment by learning from its human co-workers. But when he finds himself in an oppressive office surrounded by dysfunctional people, a G9 named Archie (Greg Pak) learns just how much he needs love. Clay: In John Lee's world, technology allows people to scan their memories - and thus their consciousness - into computers. John (Sab Shimono), an old sculptor, struggles to complete his design for a major public square project, but his body is falling apart. His doctor, his son Tommy (Ron Domingo), and his digitized wife Helen (Eisa Davis) all tell him the same thing - it's time to get scanned. Then he'll merge with all human knowledge and experience, achieving perfect love, perfect art. But John resists, fighting for the right to struggle and die.
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