Author Topic: EP Flash: Beachcomber  (Read 8289 times)

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on: March 24, 2009, 05:09:40 PM
EP Flash: Beachcomber

By Mike Resnick.
Read by Elie Hirschman

Arlo didn’t look much like a man. (Not all robots do, you know.) The problem was that he didn’t act all that much like a robot.

Rated PG. Contains hopes that will never be fulfilled.

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« Last Edit: September 15, 2009, 09:45:08 PM by Russell Nash »


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Reply #1 on: March 24, 2009, 05:48:14 PM
When I listened to this yesterday, I was hopeful, a Resnick story.  It was a great premise, but the execution fell flat.

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Reply #2 on: March 25, 2009, 07:31:31 AM
This was fun. OK, a fairly old trope, but entertaining, and made its point well enough.


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Reply #3 on: March 25, 2009, 08:34:43 AM
For a relatively short story, it's amazing how it was too long. I mean, it managed to include a coda that re-iterated the ending that it immediately followed.

That said, it was a good story. It just took to making its point with all the subtlety of a jackhammer.


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Reply #4 on: March 25, 2009, 03:36:52 PM
Enjoyed this very much, though the narrator seemed unusually clueless.

The audio was a bit quiet, though. 


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Reply #5 on: March 25, 2009, 04:48:00 PM

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Reply #6 on: March 25, 2009, 11:44:57 PM
Not bad--the image of a hulking robot sitting on a beach trying to get sand between it's toes was a good image to start out the morning.


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Reply #7 on: March 26, 2009, 04:17:57 PM
ResnickPod strikes again.

The story had an interesting premise, but Resnick's interpretation of robots never really struck me as something I could get behind.

This was a relatively-well-told tale until the ending, which is as someone said a little overdone.

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Reply #8 on: March 26, 2009, 06:55:45 PM
I liked this, it had a old fashioned sci fi feel to it. Particularly liked the fact that the robot was not "humanoid" but still could impact on at least one of the humans around it

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Reply #9 on: April 03, 2009, 05:00:39 AM
For those who are curious:

This is the only story I ever wrote that was inspired by a dream. I had a dream
about a robot stuck in the sand -- I had no idea why it was there -- but I plotted
it out when I woke up and wrote the story that evening. That was literally 30
years ago. It has been re-sold 8 times in the US since its initial appearance,
as well as in Japan, Poland, and Russia -- and it was a radio play in Latvia. Been
waiting since 1979 for another dream I could turn into a story.

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Reply #10 on: April 10, 2009, 01:00:02 AM
Been waiting since 1979 for another dream I could turn into a story.

That's a long wait.  And thanks for dropping into to give the story origins.  These types of details interest me. 

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Reply #11 on: April 10, 2009, 02:33:47 AM
I thought it was well-written and enjoyable, but the denouement was a letdown for me, assuming that the last line was what that was supposed to be. (Sorry, Mike. :-[ )

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Reply #12 on: May 18, 2009, 04:53:17 PM
Just for the record, this was one of my three favorite pieces from the batch of EP flash. (The other two were the Kress and the Kling.)


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Reply #13 on: January 28, 2010, 06:02:03 PM
I tend to enjoy stories where the artiificials are more human than the humans, and this was no exception.  I really felt for the poor bot!