Computron feels no emotion towards the animated television show titled Hyperdimension Warp Record (??? ??? ????).
–Vina Jie-Min Prasad - Fandom for robots - c.2017
Published in Uncanny Magazine, Sept/Oct 2017. Issue 17.
Short stories often don’t really work for me. Either too little happens or too much. Also being so short they often don’t have enough time and space to devote to character development. And that’s often what makes a story, long or short, work for me.
But I am happy to report that I though Fandom for Robots to be a thoroughly enjoyable story. It tells the tale of Computron, the world’s only sentient robot. Computron was developed to work as a lab assistant but now spends it days as part of a museum’s collection on the history and development of robots and androids. One day, during a question and answer session somebody asks Computron has it ever watched any anime, and a specific show, Hyperdimension Warp Record.
From tiny acorns mighty oaks grow, and down the rabbit hole goes Computron. Watching the show, reading fanfiction, writing fanfiction, pretty much turning into an obsessive fan.
As I said, I really enjoyed this story, although maybe it’d be fun to see more of Computron’s life and world, and what happens to its story next… as you can see my usual problem with short stories, I’m left wanting more.