Article: 261625 of talk.bizarre From: Andrew Solberg <firstname.lastname@example.org> Newsgroups: talk.bizarre Subject: 15x100 Date: 1 Dec 1995 14:09:32 -0500 Organization: iTRiBE Mail to News Gateway Lines: 28 Sender: email@example.com Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> X-Mailer: ELM [version 2.4 PL23] X-Provider: iTRiBE, Inc <URL: http://www.itribe.net/> X-Gateway: Posted via the iTRiBE News<->Email gateway X-Disclaimer: iTRiBE, Inc. neither endorses nor assumes any responsibility for the contents of this posting. Status: O BUILT TO LAST ************* It trundled down the corridor -- a small maintenance bot going about its business. A water leak had been detected in 5510-A, deck nine. It keyed the apartment lock and entered, stepping over corpses to do so. The leak was under the toilet; after forty years without cleaning, the stops had disintegrated. A mouldering body still perched on the can, its trousers around its ankles. The bot impassively rolled it off and began repairs. There was nothing in the ship that would not eventually break down -- not appliances, not vehicles; certainly not the occupants. But the bots were built to last. -- This post is COPYRIGHT 1995, Andrew Solberg. All rights reserved. Standard usenet distribution is acceptable; other forms of reproduction or reprinting may be considered in violation of international copyright law. Andrew Solberg is HWRNMNBSOL: email@example.com, Math Dept., Rice U.