Tom Purdom. Bonding with Morry. (Asimov’s April/May 2012)

An elderly man eschews the potential friendship his robotic domestic servant can offer, to the extent of refusing the more humanoid presentation that is the norm. This leads him into a bit of trouble with those promoting rights and humane treatment for robots.

These are pretty much the same issues Asimov was covering a l-o-n-g time ago – his first robot story ‘Robbie’ was published in 1940, and which I read the ‘I, Robot’ collection in 1974ish many of the stories were 25years old even then. So not a great deal to add to this genre here, although there’s a touch of maudlin sentimentality with the Goodbye Mr Chips ending.

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