The Velvet Glove
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The Velvet Glove

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A not too distant future where robots—particularly specialist robots who don't know their place—have quite a rough time of it. True, the Robot Equality Act had been passed—but so what?
New York was a bad town for robots this year. In fact, all over the country it was bad for robots....

Despite the Robot Equality Act, being a robot is tough. Jon Venex, a robot designed for w...more
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Published August 9th 2009 by LibriVox.org (first published November 1st 1956)
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Greg
I enjoyed "The Velvet Glove." It is the story of a robot who gets caught up in a nafarious plot. The attitudes toward robots clearly reflect the attitudes toward minorities of the time the book was published (mid 1950's).

Harrison wastes no time getting into the story, and brings the reader along. Eventhough the story takes place in the future and deals with advanced technology, energy is not wasted on trying to figure out the language. The story is what is important here, and I appreciate that.
Ralph McEwen
A fun short story, with with a twist at the end. Feel for the robot (s).
The story is told in a narrative and conversational style.

The narrator is well spoken, his voice is clear and easy to listen to. The recording good is clean with out any background noises. There plenty of volume. The editing is seamless.
David Cain
Decently entertaining short story from Harry Harrison. The only knock is that the introductory passage as well as the coda to the main plot do not really have a connection with the rest of the story, so it feels a bit disjointed.
SweetPea
Quick read that I believe qualifies as dystopian. This was just ok, but did draw some parallels with societal issues, even with the main character being a robot.
Mark
Great old school sci fi. The story has an I Robot theme, with conflicts between a robot's freedom of action, and safety constraints in it's programming.
dejah_thoris
Such a sweet story! I wish he'd continued it into a longer work.
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Harry Harrison (born Henry Maxwell Dempsey) was an American science fiction author best known for his character the The Stainless Steel Rat and the novel Make Room! Make Room! (1966), the basis for the film Soylent Green (1973). He was also (with Brian W. Aldiss) co-president of the Birmingham Science Fiction G...more
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