Welcome to the Arboretum, Little Robot has everything I’m looking for in a science fiction short story, namely, a tiny robot who likes to dance and is fascinated by the world. The story is a tiny burst of joy — a definite mood booster.
WELCOME TO THE ARBORETUM, LITTLE ROBOT
Mary E. Lowd
Analog Science Fiction & Fact, July/August 2018
Welcome to the Arboretum, Little Robot is flash fiction, so the story is more implied than written. The focus is on a small robot’s interactions with the world of a station, acting similar to a child. It’s the sight of the natural world that enthralls him and he stares animatedly at everything, taking it all in. I personally love this little jaunt of a story. It has heart mixed with interesting technology and a glimpse of a robust space station I’d love to know more about.
The focus is on GY-30, a little robot who likes to dance and to explore when waiting for his employer. It’s hard not to imagine a cuter version of WALL-E, spinning around in his own little world, marveling at the people and things around him. I love his sense of wonder. I’m impressed at the author’s ability to form such an emotional connection with a character in only 553 words.
Welcome to the Arboretum, Little Robot takes place on a station — I assume it’s in space but I’m not totally sure. The robot believes it to be dingy and rundown, but the site of the arboretum excites him. There’s enough of a setting to make this robot’s presence exceptional.
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