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The Algorithms for Love

4.3  ·  Rating Details ·  53 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Free online story. First published in Strange Horizons, July 2004
free online, 17 pages
Published July 12th 2004
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Grief, loss, love and algorithms,... what can I say? You can feel Elena's pain, feel how lost she is, how much harm she inflicts to herself and the ones that love her. Another great short by Liu.

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Oct 12, 2016 Guguk rated it liked it
Nebak-nebak di mana twist-nya (*ω*) apakah (view spoiler)

Tapi semua tebakanku salah~ ^ ^; bagaimanapun, rasa sakit Elena sangat tersampaikan (>..<)

Ending-nya itu~ (view spoiler)

Bisa dibaca di sini \(^u ^ )
Lizabeth Tucker
Oct 08, 2016 Lizabeth Tucker rated it really liked it
Are we truly real or just programmed creatures? A designer and programmer of lifelike dolls becomes convinced that we are just that, programmed to react to certain words and situations.

This is something that certain scientists have dabbled in, along with being a virtual reality program. Talk about creepy! Shivers. 4.5 out of 5.
Do Androids dreams of Electric Sheep with better feelings...
Ex Machina without that seen-a-million-times ending...
As good as Her...

At the I'm not sure Elena didn't kill herself and made an android that was her perfect copy.

One of the biggest problem of SF, in my opinion, is to find a new way to exploit overused concept like A.I. or time-travel. And this is pretty well done here. Not entirely new, but damn, it is perfect.
Feb 18, 2015 Sonia rated it it was amazing
The narrative in this story is so haunting with its lyricism that I can't get over it. The ideas presented in the book are so thought-provoking that they stick with me even on a subconscious level, as afterthoughts, or echoes of some unknown inquiry that begs to be listened to. In short, this story is a must - to read and ponder.
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Nov 03, 2015 Alexander Lisovsky rated it really liked it
Снятся ли андроидам электроовцы с человеческим лицом?
Очень мягко, многослойно и в то же время увлекательно написано - авторский стиль видно уже тогда. Финал чуть проседает, но это обычное дело в подобных философских темах.
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Ken Liu ( is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, he has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places.

Ken’s debut novel, THE GRACE OF KINGS (2015), is the first volume in a
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