01. Susan said nothing at that seminar; took no part in the hectic discussion period that followed. She was a frosty girl, plain and colourless, who protected herself against a world she disliked by a mask-like expression and a hypertrophy of intellect. But as she watched and listened, she felt the stirrings of a cold enthusiasm.
02. ‘The beams,’ was the stiff reply, ‘are put out by the Master for his own purposes. There are some things”–he raised his eyes devoutly upward ‘that are not to be probed into by us. In this matter, I seek only to serve and not to question.
03. ‘You can prove anything you want by coldly logical reason–if you pick the proper postulates. We have ours and Cutie has his.’
‘Then let’s get at those postulates in a hurry. The storm’s due tomorrow.’
Powell sighed wearily, ‘That’s where everything falls down. Postulates are based on assumption and adhered to by faith. Nothing in the Universe can shake them…’
04. She understands robots like a sister–comes from hating human beings so much, I think.
05. …you just can’t differentiate between a robot and the very best of humans.
06. What broke loose is popularly and succinctly described as hell.
07. Actually, they were the Simple-Lifers, hungering after a life, which to those who lived it had probably appeared not so Simple, and who had been, therefore, Simple-Lifers themselves.
‘It’s Me!’ by Ekaterina Togonidze (translated by Natalia Bukia-Peters & Victoria Field) [from Best European Fiction 2015]
001. When I looked at myself on the day of the operation, something strange happened: I liked my profile. My nose seemed amazingly small, neatly suiting my face. According to doctors, this is a normal pre-operation perception.
002. As I changed from Ia to Yanna, I never thought about my home village at all, it was as if I’d forgotten everything. My past appeared to settle in my dreams.