Fine, Stephen

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(1949-    ) US author whose first novel, Molly Dear: The Autobiography of an Android, or How I Came to my Senses, Was Repaired, Escaped my Master, and Was Educated in the Ways of the World (1988), rewrites Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders (1722) as the memoirs of a twenty-first-century Android to satirical effect. Her innocence – assisted by memory wipes (see Memory Edit) – resembles that of Voltaire's Candide, or almost any of John T Sladek's child Robots in a cruel world. Some of the points about Molly's legal enslavement are sharply made. [JC]

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