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Here’s the first installment in a new story podcast. This time, it’s “I, Row-Boat,” a story I just finished about a story about a theological dispute between an artifically intelligent Asimov three-laws cultist and an uplifted coral reef.. I’m going to read this one in three or four parts over the next couple weeks.

Robbie the Row-Boat’s great crisis of faith came when the coral reef woke up.

“Fuck off,” the reef said, vibrating Robbie’s hull through the slap-slap of the waves of the coral sea, where he’d plied his trade for decades. “Seriously. This is our patch, and you’re not welcome.”

Robbie shipped oars and let the current rock him back toward the ship. He’d never met a sentient reef before, but he wasn’t surprised to see that Osprey Reef was the first to wake up. There’d been a lot of electromagnetic activity around there the last few times the big ship had steamed through the night to moor up here.

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2 Responses to “I, Row-Boat, Part 01”

  1. CZ

    Cory,
    Not to rain on your parade or anything but I thought I should point out that the Onion ran a story by the same title back in 1998.

    The story can be found here:

    http://www.theonion.com/content/node/33568

    And here is a brief excerpt:

    “1. A Rowboat may not immerse a human being or, through lack of flotation, allow a human to come to harm.

    2. A Rowboat must obey all commands and steering input given by its human Rower, except where such input would conflict with the First Law.

    3. A Rowboat must preserve its own flotation as long as such preservation does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

    These three laws were clearly stated in The Handbook Of Rowboatics, 16th edition, 1958 printing, the laws of my youth. They have remained unchanged since that day. A Rowboat has but one purpose: To float! That is the one Truth: Remain afloat! “

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