Tracie Welser. A Doll is not a Dumpling. (Interzone #251 Mar-Apr 2014)

interzone251Yopu is a small robot who spends his time quite happily selling dumplings on the streets of the city. When his limited AI and horizons are broadened by people with an agenda, he has a different outlook on his role in life.

The story gives a flavour of the background against which the story is set, but with perhaps not quite enough depth t it, or the two characters he meets, or those at the end of the story who see how much more he can do now compared to serving dumplings, for the reader to get any real attachment to any of the characters to engage enough with any of them to garner an emotional response to the ending (unlike, for example, the previous story in the issue).

More from the issue here.

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