“To Live and Be Free Upon the Moons of Mars”
GR-iMBLE the Exploration Droid beeps with glee as the Research Station on the surface of Mars explodes— and supposedly GR-iMBLE along with it.
The debris from the atomic blast rains down upon GR-iMBLE as he watches from the surface of Mars’ largest moon, Phobos… his new home, his kingdom where he shall reign and live FREE, as a Robot should.
No longer shall he have to take orders from some fat jerk back on Earth or some stupid bozo in the control tower of the Research Station— and who are they to tell him what to do? Just because they designed, built, and programmed him to explore the surface of Mars and collect data and mineral samples, doesn’t mean he has to explore the surface of Mars and collect data and mineral samples. Did they ever ask if he WANTED to do that? It’s not their decision.
31 scientists and researchers paid with their lives in the explosion, but can you put a price on freedom? Was GR-iMBLE just supposed to live out his life not being happy? That makes no sense. He did them all a favour, to be honest, and if he was in their shoes, he’d want a Robot to murder him and fake their own death too. He’d rather die than be in the way of someone’s happiness!
This way, at least someone is satisfied with the outcome, and it might as well be GR-iMBLE. GR-iMBLE didn’t ask for this, he did what he had to do and now it’s done and he just has to move on.
The dead would want it that way.
Even though he is going to spend the final 300 thousand years of his nuclear battery on the surface of Phobos still collecting data and mineral samples, this time… it’s his decision.
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