The title refers to processes that enable AIs to instantiate themselves in human form, and thus add the dimension of human emotions to their lives. One such is not happy, having made the transition, and the story discusses (the majority of it is dialogue) some of the ethical issues, and reveals the reason why the now-human AI feels the need to revert. It’s a little sketchy, and explaining everything so clearly in the dialogue failed to grab this reader.
- Carole Johnstone. Ad Astra. (Interzone #248, Sep-Oct 2013)
- Ian Creasey. Within These Well-Scrubbed Walls. (Asimovs Oct/Nov 2013)