Bradbury Daily: “Marionettes, Inc.”

This one is creepy. Good creepy, but creepy nonetheless.

Actually it reminds me quite a bit of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K. Dick (better known to some of you as the book that inspired Blade Runner).

In all honesty, it’s kind of a slow starting story. For the first page, page and a half or so I thought I was going to be bored and really dislike the story, but it finally got rolling just in time to save itself. The writing isn’t technically bad, but it’s quite vague and you can’t really get any sense of what’s happening for a decent amount of time; longer than you would usually want in a short story.

The concept is that a company, Marionettes, Inc. creates perfect duplicates of people. They’re robotic, technically, but in all external aspects, including eating, etc., they seem exactly like the people they’re made to resemble.

So naturally a man decides having one of these marionettes is the perfect way to get away for a little bit from his unhappy marriage without his wife being any the wiser and makes plans to go to Rio while his duplicate takes his place.

And naturally this is a bad idea. Because it’s a robot. So of course it’s a bad idea. The story is pretty short, but in the same vein as some of the works of Isaac Asimov and Phillip K. Dick, there’s a lot in here that points to the problems with advancing technology.

Basically it’s evidence for the fast coming robot takeover of humanity. So you should probably read this one to help prepare you for the day your robot servants rise up against you and try to kill you.

On a lighter note, if you had a perfect copy of yourself, what would you do?


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