I wrote Oratus selfishly, because I wanted to see, to experience what an Oratus feels as its set on its life-defining quest to earn a name, or die trying.
There's a fast-moving fun to spinning up a shorter work like The Spear, because we're not concerning ourselves with giant implications.
The Farthest Star came together by leaning on what I've learned over the past decade writing stories.
The next time you're looking at a story and you see an android: understand that they're just plain nice to have around.
The Metal Man is free this week across the Amazon spectrum, so if you're looking for a chance to hang out with Mox on the Moon, this shortish story makes for a nice evening.
Sometimes, it's worth going back. Sometimes, you'll find old friends waiting to say hello.