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Cobalt is a created human, vat grown and born adult, with no human rights and indentured to serve others for the duration of his life. Liyan is a young man with wanderlust in his eyes, embarking on a career that takes him to the furthest regions of space. The two become unlikely friends and create a memorable long-distance correspondence. Through Liyan, Cobalt gets to expl ...more
Kindle Edition, 271 pages
Published July 8th 2014 by Eye Scry Publications (first published July 6th 2014)
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iam
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"even a force field cannot
hold back the void
only a human embrace"


Such a lovely book!

Letters to an Android is one of those books that's perfectly summarized by its title.
Liyan, a young man dreaming about working on a starliner cruising through the galaxy, meets Cobalt one day before he starts his career of travelling from planet to planet. As they talk, he realizes that Cobalt is an android, and thus bound by a contract to work forever with no freedom or rights, unable to leave his home stat
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Diane
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know Wendy Rathbone primarily as a poet, but she also writes beautiful, lyrical prose. And this is where she excels in this book. It is slow paced and there really is not much of a plot, but we get to visit so many amazing places in the galaxy and inside the 2 main characters that it really doesn't matter. Rathbone's writing reminds me a bit of Ursula K. LeGuin's in its lyricism and pace, but her writing is less austere than LeGuin's. Highly recommended especially if you believe love is love r ...more
C.L.
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read by Wendy Rathbone but it most certainly won't be the last. I loved Cobalt, the android in the story and the other characters were all well written. The love story isn't the generic boy meets android, falls in love and they live happily ever after. It takes some twists and turns and takes a long time for everything to fall into place. I loved that it wasn't the traditional romance and can't wait to see what awaits me in Wendy's other books.
Alexis Woods
I LOVED Letters to an Android. It's more genre fic, but there is a love element that prevades the book that is simply amazing. The night I finished reading it I had the most amazing dreams. The imagery in Liyan's letters transported me away to those wonderful planets. Thank you so much for the breathtaking descriptions of worlds unknown.

Carly
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Refreshingly unique, this is a slowly paced story, told mostly through Colbalt and Liyan's letters, but worth it in the end. The detailed descriptions of Liyan's adventures are divine and their relationship is completely captivating. I read it twice!
Robin L
I love stories where there are a series of love letters between the mc's. But reader beware, the love story you expect from the blurb is not what you get. I felt extremely cheated on that score.
Jenny Blackford
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Letters to an Android is a sweet far-future love story between a charming young man who wants to fly between the stars and the sensitive android bartender he falls in love with the night before he leaves for training. It's largely told as a series of interstellar emails between the boys, as the android bravely faces his life as a chattel without human rights, cheered by Liyan's descriptions of the wonders of far-distant star systems.
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Wendy Rathbone has had dozens of stories published in anthologies such as: Hot Blood, Writers of the Future (second place,) Bending the Landscape, Mutation Nation, A Darke Phantastique, and more. The book "Dreams of Decadence Presents: Wendy Rathbone and Tippi Blevins" contains a large collection of her vampire stories and poems. Over 500 of her poems have been published in various anthologies and ...more