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Robot's Revenge

Sylvia Spruck Wrigley obsessively writes letters to her mother, her teenage offspring, her accountant, as well as to unknown beings in outer space. Only her mother admits to reading them. Born in Heidelberg, she spent her childhood in California and now splits her time between South Wales and Andalucia, two coastal regions with almost nothing in common. You can find out more about her at intrigue.co.uk.

Find other works in the Postmark Andromeda sequence and other unrelated stories by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley at dailysciencefiction.com.
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The End
This story was first published on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014


Once I decided to do a series of space letters, I knew that one of them had to be spam. Trying to find a new angle proved to be quite a challenge until I finally considered that maybe we would no longer be the target market.

- Sylvia Spruck Wrigley

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