Beside Still Waters

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Author: Robert Sheckley
Published: 1953
Language: English
Wordcount: 2,462 / 14 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 52.2
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 3,855
Added to site: 2009.07.19
mnybks.net#: 24741
Origin: gutenberg.org

When people talk about getting away from it all, they are usually thinking about our great open spaces out west. But to science fiction writers, that would be practically in the heart of Times Square. When a man of the future wants solitude he picks a slab of rock floating in space four light years east of Andromeda. Here is a gentle little story about a man who sought the solitude of such a location. And who did he take along for company? None other than Charles the Robot.

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ther he had never known.

As the years passed, the air pump began to labor a little as it converted the oxygen in the planetoid's rock into a breathable atmosphere. The air seeped into space, and the pump worked a little harder, supplying more.

The crops continued to grow on the tamed black dirt of the planetoid. Looking up, Mark could see the sheer blackness of the river of space, the floating points of the stars. Around him, under him, overhead, masses of rock drifted, and sometimes the starlight glinted from their black sides. Occasionally, Mark caught a glimpse of Mars or Jupiter. Once he thought he saw Earth.

Mark began to tape new responses into Charles. He added simple responses to cue words. When he said, "How does it look?" Charles would answer, "Oh, pretty good, I guess."

At first the answers

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Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
2013.03.06
Sardo Weems
****.

I\'m a sucker for robot characters. Prospector Mark found an asteroid to homestead and retire on. He brought some dirt and seeds, pumps to manufacture oxygen from the rock, a robot named Charles, and settled down to live out his life.

The two characters, Mark and Charles, are very well drawn.


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