Title: Adam Robots
Author: Adam Roberts
Source: Adam Robots: Short Stories by Adam Roberts
One Word Review: Soulful
One Line Review: Roberts cleverly asks a ‘What if?’ by putting a robot in a garden then having him be told that the only thing he can’t do is touch a jewel, which then becomes the Robot’s obsession until the test ends.
One Paragraph Review: At one point one of the robots says of the test, ‘But forbidden by words. Not by our programming.’ And Roberts uses this story to make observations on the nature of obedience, what we won’t get from a certain religion, and what happens if we let robots do everything for us.