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Silly Muse! - Elf M. Sternberg
Silly Muse!
Okay, Muse, I give up. You've got three incompatible qualities in your new robot character: first, she's supposed to be fully aware that her master is a loathesome misanthropist; second, she's supposed to be fully loyal to him while he's still alive, yet clearly celebratory when he's dead; and third, she's supposed to be "a bit of a ditz"?

How am I supposed to pull that off?

(Yeah, yeah, I know; it's porn, and it's farce.)

Current Mood: annoyed annoyed

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lisakit From: lisakit Date: December 31st, 2008 07:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Is she more actually loyal to his beliefs or his work or something else that he is an integral part of? You can loathe the man, but still be loyal to him for other reasons.

And is she really a ditz or is that how she copes with the above dichotomy?
littleone66 From: littleone66 Date: December 31st, 2008 07:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Um, I'm not bad, I'm just programmed that way.
pandakahn From: pandakahn Date: December 31st, 2008 09:05 am (UTC) (Link)

You remember that girl from Jr/Sr High School?

Maybe you don't, but do you remember someone (usually a girl I recall) from high school who LOVED this guy who was a total ass? She would do anything for his attention and approval. Sleep with him, his buddies, cheat on exams or do his homework. He was an ass and she was under his spell, and a ditz, and maybe she realized it and didn't care or just could not bring herself to give him up no matter how much abuse and neglect he heaped upon her.

And then he left for college, or joined the army, or moved away, or died, and she was free! and then she found out that once he was really gone she could rejoice because she was free and she never could have broken free while he was still there.

The sad thing is I knew to many of these girls and was one of those guys on at least on occasion...

going to bed now...

very sad...

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pandakahn From: pandakahn Date: January 1st, 2009 01:38 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: You remember that girl from Jr/Sr High School?

wow! that was vicious...

sadly, by experience, very accurate...

From: codeamazon Date: December 31st, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Can there be some robotic self-loathing for the programming that insures her loyalty to such a dick? She could know that the only out her programming allows is his death, while being helpless not to do everything possible to prevent it.

Sound like a riff on a whole category of shades of abused wives to me.
hydrolagus From: hydrolagus Date: December 31st, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm flashing on Victorian-era House staff. As a servant, it's their job to be loyal to the family even if a particular member is an ass. In the perceptions of the family they're not especially bright but that has as much to do with class assumptions as the actual state of things. It sort of makes for an interesting tweak on Asimov's laws that way.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 16th, 2009 06:58 am (UTC) (Link)

A strange thought.

When you were a schoolkid, didn't you ever have a substitute teacher who didn't really know the subject, but showed up anyway that day?

I can't see why the same couldn't happen with a muse?
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