TWA #64 – Robots

“Kid A: A Story in Ten Songs” by Danny Brophy


“Execute Order #66-6” by Brea McCoy


TWA 64 Main-01Welcome, short story lovers, to this week’s mystery prompt. Although a quick glance at the subject line should tell you all you need to know…the prompt is robots.

But does that really sum anything up? Can anything sum up the concept of the robot? From C3PO to Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics to The Terminator to early notions of a clockwork man, the notion of intelligence being contained in a metal body has appeared in countless works of fiction. They’ve been used to probe notions of empathy, what sentience really is, what reality is made of, and what role technology should have in our lives. And the fun thing about robots is that, more and more, we don’t even need to look to fiction to find inspiration. We have them in our very own world!

The Arena has brushed up against this concept a few times with prompts about artificial intelligence and machine-made art, but we’ve never actually featured the robot itself.

Our authors’ task is to write us a tale where a robot, or robots, play a central role.

Who will be C-3PO and who will be The Terminator?

Let’s find out!

Danny Brophy leads off with “Kid A: A Story in Ten Songs.”

Brea McCoy battles back with “Execute Order #66-6.”

Battle Robot is on!

We have two judges that will render their decision next Monday. The third vote comes from you, the readers. We ask that you read both stories objectively, and then leave a comment below or on the story itself. Authors are not allowed to comment on their own stories, but we’re sure they’ll be checking in here. We’ll tally up the totals and announce our champion on Monday.

And remember, if you like one of this week’s stories, vote it up in the new all-time best of list (new stories appear at the bottom).

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One Comment

  1. One vote for Executive Orders

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