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"did I had an extremely expensive wife - she would see a new car that she liked and just buy it... under California law I was bound to buy her debts. I think I turned out 16 novels in five years."
- Philip K. Dick

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...”

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