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Radical views sometimes require committing a crime or two. In his biggest move yet to fight for android rights, Derek liberates a group of androids working off their creation debt at a hospital. One of those androids is 141, who is surprisingly reluctant to leave the facility, leaving Derek baffled.

A delay in their escape forces them to take an alternate route to Derek's b
Published April 13th 2016 by Less Than Three Press
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♣ Irish Smurfétté ♣
4.5 Cool story stars on Prism Book Alliance®

Androids as slaves, with two hundred years to work off before they’re granted ‘freedom’ - conditional, of course - and our protagonist is having none of it. This is prooooobably why he’s inside the hospital, looking to truly free the thirty-plus androids working there, risking his life, and others, to do so.

This story starts off with a flash bang, terse and urgent conversation, murder, and such a close call of an escape, my pulse was threatening to ham
Shira Glassman
One of the oldest and most venerated goals of science fiction is using a speculative setting to metaphorically discuss a real-world phenomenon. Creation Debt succeeds at this brilliantly, using the literal enslavement/indentured servitude of sentient androids to condemn abusive parents who see controlling their children as their reward for bringing them into the world. Written by a trans author and starring a trans main character, author Lore Graham zeroes in on the way some parents can harm the ...more
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: queer, sff, my-e-things, lgbtq
This is an interesting and thought-provoking queer sci-fi short. 141 is awesome. Derek was a little annoying--he's a crusader battling injustice and he's fighting for a group he's not a part of and he doesn't consider the wants of that group when he makes his plans. He learns and grows over the course of the story, fortunately, because 141 doesn't go along with his plans. This could have been longer and more fleshed out and it felt a little rushed in the end. This is full of queer characters--De ...more
Chris, the Dalek King
Derek, once a part of the problem, has now pledged his life (and maybe even a large part of his morality) towards freeing the android population from the slavery laid on them by their creators. As he sees it, creation does not mean ownership, but responsibility–-and most definitely not permission to lay down 200 years of slavery on the androids created. His latest attempt at bringing down this injustice involves breaking into a hospital where over 100 androids–who have never likely spent even a ...more
In this story, androids are required to work off a "creation debt"-- 200 years of servitude -- before they are allowed to choose their own name and live freely. The plot follows Derek, who is attempting to liberate as many androids as possible from a hospital, and who is so caught up in his mission that he is somewhat of an unlikable character. He puts his cause and ideas above the individuality of the androids, and even has some unsavory opinions when it comes to leaving the patients in the hos ...more
A.M. Leibowitz
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had a feeling Lore Graham's book and I would be good friends, and I was right. It's fast-paced, well-written, and insightful. This is one of those rare treats where a story is clearly meant to be both for and about trans folk.

There's so much in here to love: A futuristic world with fully sentient androids; a daring freedom operation as part of a takedown of a Big Corporation; a trans hero; an awesome non-binary gender character; and a completely cliched (but done in a great way) forced togethe
I love dystopian books. It's one of my favorite genres. Add in an LGBTQ+ main character, and it makes me even more excited to read the book. After reading the synopsis for Creation Debt, I knew I had to read the book. A transgender character fighting to bring down a corporation sounded like something I would love. Unfortunately, I found myself disappointed after finishing the book.

Creation Debt had the possibility to be one of my favorite books of 2018, or at least that's what I thought after r
Apr 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Huh. This short story has a lot of potential for more – meaning, I think it would have been a lot better had it been longer, maybe novel-length. There are some great ideas here, but to be able to truly enjoy it, the world and characters would have needed to be more flashed out.

In this world – that I unfortunately don’t have that good a picture and sense of – Isaac Ltd. is the creator of fully cognisant androids with free will, but they are ‘born’ into this world with a 200 year working debt to p
Francis Franklin
Just a comment, not a real review:
I enjoyed the sci-fi and gender aspects of this tale, but didn't like the personality of the narrator for the first half, especially with the intensity of the first person present tense; and the story itself got lost well before the end.
H.V. Corbin
Two very (or maybe no-so-very) different people brought and trapped together by circumstance slowly come to understandings that cause a blossoming of love. A very sweet short.
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Lore Graham is a queer author who lives in Massachusetts. Ze writes sci fi and fantasy romance, poetry, and rpg settings.

Lore is passionate about spectacular worlds and queer characters.

Outside of writing, Lore enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with zir cat.

Lore's poetry has been published in Strange Horizons and Liminality.

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