Building the Perfect Pet
by Joe Lallo
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An interesting science fiction story set several centuries into the future. It involves a self-obsessed scientist/inventor Karter, living alone in a lab with just his AI ‘mother’ named Ma. He builds bio-tech animals for clients who can pay and doesn’t worry about their future application. He builds a new ‘pet’ he calls Funk (a cross between a Fox & Skunk) that may be helpful.
This is the first story in Lallo’s “Big Sigma” series I have read, it’s a novella (about 25,000 words) so not listed as part of the series. The story presents some interesting ideas about the future of biotech but doesn’t amount to much. It probably makes more sense in the context of the series as it explains the evolution of one of the characters.