The Autumn Engagement

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When Baseball is used to settle political disputes, one bad pitch cost Janus Franko his wife, career, and reputation. Eight months later, he is presented an opportunity to prove that he didn't throw the game. However, he will have to attend a party that caters to the ultra-wealthy where the dress code includes a robot date on his arm. More
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I am a software and security architect and manager. I enjoy writing hard and whimsical science fiction, adult fantasy, and poetry. As an early advocate of Creative Commons licensing, many of my short stories and poems have been available online since 1996.

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Lee Willard reviewed on April 4, 2021

A novelette about a future when baseball is used to settle international disputes instead of war. The main character is a pitcher who threw a bad pitch and lost an important game. The plot is about him trying to clear his name. The bulk of the action takes place at a formal ball where everyone has to bring a robot date. All kinds of things are revealed there, shades of 'His Robot Girlfriend' again. They do find it wasn't his pitching that was off, but I won't spoil it any more than that.

It was an entertaining story in a universe that will really never exist, but it does have something to say about robots and consciousness. It doesn't take much time to read it and it is fun.
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