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Total Devotion Machine and Other Stori/Love, Rosaleen/Paper/0704341883/S039-A
Mary Beth knows that babies need total devotion, and that they are unlikely to get it from their fathers, so when she sets off to fly the solar wind to Mars, she leaves Wim Morris and Baby in the care of a Total Devotion Machine. Only the Total Devotion Machine has ideas of its own about parenting...
As will all good science fiction, Rosaleen Love's short stories are rooted in human concerns: our relationships with each other and with the planet we inhabit. In this first collection of her stories we see dolphins seasnakes, electric fish and even prehistoric bones entering the realm of human relationships, and upsetting them. Rosaleen Love allows the bizarre to creep into the everyday event, and records it with a subversive and ironic wit.
Four of the stories included in this collection have won literary awards in Australia.