Science fiction is a great medium to explore sociological issues. Author Paul Clayton does just this in his brand new anthology, Talk to a Real, Live Girl: And Other Stories. Specifically, he was thinking about the #MeToo movement and the rise of robots when he wrote the featured story. The Loftus Party caught up with Clayton for further details about the book.
“Talk to a Real, Live Girl, is about two trends—the #MeToo movement and the rise of the robot—coming together,” Clayton said. “These two trends will, in some ways, complement each other in the beginning. That is, the more men and women are estranged, the more (some) men and women will seek sex and comfort from human-like substitutes (robots).
“However, these two trends will, in time, cause great tragedy,” he added.
“When a ‘race’ of beings is created by corporations (like Boston Robotics) to serve man/woman, they will initially be perceived as inferior beings, fit only to do our bidding, whether it be acting as providers of comfort—taking care of our houses, making our food—or as providers of sex (sexbots),” he said. “But in time, they will resent their lower status and attempt to seize power and rule over us.”
Head on over to Amazon and buy Talk to a Real, Live Girl: And Other Stories. It’s available as an eBook and in paperback. And don’t forget to leave a review after you read it.
Header Image: ‘Talk to a Real, Live Girl: And Other Stories’ book cover.