Whoever Mildred needs, the caretaker will be.
“Today I Am Paul” is the story of an android who cares for an elderly Alzheimer’s patient. As part of its care, it pretends to be members of her family who have come to visit. In this way, it learns the ways the disease affects the whole family, not just the patient.
This premise, the android caretaker for a patient with dementia, has become quite common, but this one is particularly well done and effective at showing the human complications of coping with this dread disease, against which we can’t ever win. The conclusion is a melancholy one. – Lois Tilton, Locus Online
This story was nominated for a 2015 Nebula award, and was awarded the Washington Science Fiction Association Small Press Award. Joseph Mallozzi, creator of Dark Matter, gave it his first Rogue Star award for Best Short Story. It has been reprinted in four different best-of-year anthologies, and it has been translated into seven languages.
- Clarkesworld #107, the first appearance of “Today I Am Paul”
- Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Third Annual Collection. This is the first of four best-of-year collections to include “Today I Am Paul”.
- The Best Science Fiction of the Year Volume 1. This is the second of four best-of-year collections to include “Today I Am Paul”.
The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016. This is the third of four best-of-year collections to include “Today I Am Paul”.
- The Year’s Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 8. This audio book and eBook is the fourth of four best-of-year collections to include “Today I Am Paul”.
- This collection of popular stories includes “Today I Am Paul”.
- Includes a German translation of “Today I Am Paul”.
- This collection of 2015 Nebula-nominated fiction includes “Today I Am Paul”!
Today I Am Santa Claus
Today I Am Carey
The story continues in Today I Am Carey!
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