GR3T3L-1 by VM Sawh

In a short story loosely based on Hansel and Gretel, two lone robots battle for survival on a hostile planet, with no memory of why they are there.

GR3T3L is an advanced prototype AI, while her companion is a military combat drone, programmed to follow orders and shoot things. They both find themselves on a strange planet, without any memory of where they’ve come from or what they are doing there. Left to figure things out for themselves, the free-thinking GR3T3L takes charge and they work together to survive. But as they piece together their story, their friendship may be the first casualty.

Well-written, with few editing errors, this is an enjoyable short read. It’s a bit information-dumpy in places, but not intolerably so. The Hansel and Gretel references are a bit forced and don’t really add anything, but don’t detract either. Nothing groundbreaking in the content, but an interesting take on the effect of robots in warfare.

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