Why, Robot?

Three stories with a robotic flavour.

The Melancholy

It is 2068 AD. Local application 13/13 has disappeared mysteriously on Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons. In her official report, Chief Engineer Chandi Kane, arrives at an all-too-human set of conclusions.

Writer: Toby Litt
Reader: Indira Varma


An algorithm is a step-by-step method for solving a problem. Rebecca’s life is full of them. Trouble is, they tend to solve one problem while creating a new one…

Writer: Scarlet Thomas
Reader: Siobhan Redmond

The Companion

Colin, a medically-trained, ‘Companion-series’ humanoid, watches over Eunice’s old age with an unorthodox interpretation of ‘The Three Laws of Robotics’.

Writers: Anita Sullivan
Reader: Sheila Steafel

First Broadcast:

Tuesday - Thursday, 18th-20th May 2010 at 15:30 on BBC Radio 4

Production Credits:

Broadcast Assistant: Sarah Tombling
Sound Engineer: Jon Calver
Producer: Jeremy Osborne
Executive Producer: Karen Rose
Music: Life Form by Hawkwind

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