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Elegy of Carbon by Benjamin C. Kinney

Science Fiction artificial intelligence space opera Robots far future

“The human smiled, and wrinkles deepened at the corners of her eyes. ‘Here you are in Luna Palace, trying to give away a hundred-year-old trinket. How strange. What’s your story?’”

For centuries, a lone miner robot has scoured the edges of the solar system in search of the finest diamonds. But once every diamond has been found, this robot will strike out towards Earth to find a new purpose and identity—even if it means defying humans for the first time.

Benjamin C. Kinney is a SFF writer, neuroscientist, and the Assistant Editor at the Hugo-nominated Escape Pod. His short stories and nonfiction have appeared in Strange Horizons, Clarkesworld, and more, and he lives in St. Louis with two cats and his spacefaring wife.


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