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"I kind of take it for granted that our great-grandchildren will regard us as a sort of precursor species. That they won't think of us as human and if we could see them, we probably wouldn't think of them as human either."
- William Gibson

Synthony  
  A musical performance by robots.  

Danny squirmed. The caretaker took hold of both arms and looked closer. “Why it’s human.” It squeezed harder as if to test.

Tears came to Danny's eyes. “I belong here,” he said stubbornly-

“During a synthony,” conceded the robot. “Then it’s all right for you to be here, in the audience. Other times you must stay out. Away from the piano.”

“But I belong here,” said Danny. “Honest. I’m a composer.”

“Recomposer,” corrected the caretaker. “Robots don’t compose. They recompose.”

“I can recompose too,” said Danny desperately. “I’m going to be a real musician.”

“Recompose,” mused the caretaker. The grip loosened a little. “Then you’re a music robot. I never heard of a robot composer, though...”

From The Music Master, by F.L. Wallace.
Published by Imagination in 1953
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