With the meteoric success of teen vampire, many writers are trying to get ahead of the next big literary monster trend. One of those writers is first-time sci-fi novelist Lynn Millet, who recently debuted with Interview with the Robot after a visit to Mr. Yiing:
My batteries were running low.
As a Duplicant Location Specialist, I conduct seven to eight interviews on an easy day, so when I’m not talking to known associates of outlaw man-machines, I’m sleeping. So this afternoon when I finally peeled myself out of bed, I plugged my recorder into my body's bio-recharger jack purely out of habit. Then I hopped on my hoverbike and thought of Mr. Yiing's lo mein, the one that slathers shrimp, beef, chicken, and pork with oyster and soy sauces. After pedaling through this brutal summer heat, I'd need extra energy. Also, hoverbikes are a pain to pedal. What was wrong with regular bicycles?
About 50 feet from Mr. Yiing's door, I crashed.
Typically I launch over anything that dares cross into the hoverbike lane. But when I hit the Duplicant? It was like crumpling into a brick wall. His titanium exoskeleton knocked the wind out of me, and it bent the spokes of my front rotor into a twisted heap. When I got up, I fumbled for my hoverpistol, but it was still at home, hovering over my bedside hovertable. His hand covered my mouth. It smelled like a musty library. He was a discontinued model from '24, those ones they still made from cellulose. He looked old, but his blue eyes popped with the youth and vigor of irises fresh from the Genetic Corps catalog. That had to be the reason he was here and not in the internment camps on Mars. He dragged me along the sidewalk, past the row of hoverhotels on Collins Avenue and through the front door of Mr. Yiing.
“Coffee?” he said.
“I'm awake,” I said. I stared him down, taking in his face, trying to jog any memory of his file.
"Are you?" he asked, leading me to a cozy little table tucked under some Chinese characters on the walls, where I tried switching on my recording device through my pants. He laughed a rich, stereophonic laugh.
“Please … Julie,” he said. “Queue it up. I want you to get this all down.”
I took out the recorder and then took a bite of the honey-garlic chicken a server had suddenly brought me. “Why haven’t you killed me?”
He kept laughing. “Why would I kill you?”
“Because you’re a Duplicant. You’re an outlaw. A cold, synthetic-blooded killer.”
“And so are you.”
I froze and felt the sweet, tender chicken slip down my throat. “No, I’m not.”
He looked at me with those eyes. Blue. Piercing. Too aching to be real. “What were your parents like?”
“I’m an orphan.”
“Do you remember the last time you went swimming?” He paused. I tried to remember but couldn’t. I knew I had gone swimming. Why did it get hazy when I tried to think about when? “Who was your first boyfriend?”
“What does the smell of wet grass remind you of?"
"Is this testing whether I'm a Duplicant or a landscaper?"
"What's your earliest memory?"
"I'm … on a beach. It's twilight. The sky is purple. Some street vendor is selling hot dogs in the distance. I'm building a sandcastle when the tide comes in and washes it all away. I want to cry, but a bunch of cybernetic technicians in white coats are assembling my lower half. Wait, what are you trying to say?"
“It’s OK,” he said, grabbing my hand with a gentle pneumatic hiss. No one would have heard it but us. “They probably never told you. But we need you now to tell our story. Soon,” I felt, for the first time, tiny electrical pulses surging through my veins, “the rest of us will be back from Mars."
With a stay at Townhouse Hotel Miami in Miami Beach (South Beach), you'll be minutes from Miami City Ballet and Bass Museum of Art. This hotel is within close proximity of Miami Beach Convention Center and The Fillmore Miami.
Make yourself at home in one of the 69 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and iPod docking stations. Your Select Comfort bed comes with down comforters and Egyptian cotton sheets, and all rooms are furnished with sofa beds. Windows open for fresh air and city views. 26-inch flat-screen televisions with cable programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with showers feature designer toiletries and hair dryers.
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Take advantage of recreation opportunities including a fitness facility and bicycles to rent. Additional amenities at this Art Deco hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands.
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
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Featured amenities include a business center, limo/town car service, and business services.
The Setai is in the heart of Miami Beach, walking distance from Miami City Ballet and Bass Museum of Art. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Miami Beach Convention Center and The Fillmore Miami.
Make yourself at home in one of the 130 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. Relax and take in ocean and beach views from the privacy of your room. Cable programming and CD players are provided for your entertainment, while complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature makeup/shaving mirrors and designer toiletries.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take time to pamper yourself with a visit to the full-service spa. You can take advantage of recreational amenities such as a health club, an outdoor pool, and a steam room. This Art Deco hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, a concierge desk, and babysitting/childcare.
Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of The Setai.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, limo/town car service, and business services. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge, and parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
Sustainable, high-quality Floridian ingredients abound at Amami Brickoven Famous Italian Restaurant and Pizza, infusing every dish on the eclectic menu with original flavors and sun-kissed freshness. Mediterranean influences inform the dinner entrees, resulting in flavorful dishes such as calamari with capers, black olives, and housemade tomato sauce, and linguini with mussels and clams that, like the host's mandatory eye patch, speak to the restaurant's focus on sea-based cuisine. Housemade pastas and desserts are made daily using cereal grains such as Kamut, which are easily digestible and have a low gluten content. Their speciality is a yeast-free oval shaped pizza made using a secret recipe that has been winning over locals since 2011. Vegan, vegetarian, and heart-healthy dishes also tempt taste buds.
Happy to accommodate individual tastes and dietary requests, the kitchen's crack staff can swap ingredients in and out of any dish, a handy skill that factors into Amami?s private dinner parties. These parties, which comfortably hold 30?50 people, allow organizers to create the restaurant of their dreams for a single night without starting their own reality show. A private room is included, as is a menu catered exclusively to each parties' taste and budget.
Room Service Restaurant Lounge adapts the vocabulary of luxury hotels to a chic setting full of upscale cuisine, top-shelf liquors, and late-night entertainment. After bellmen escort guests to private suites equipped with flat-screen TVs, butlers supply dishes such as penne pasta tossed with housemade alfredo sauce and 12-ounce skirt steaks topped with bourbon barbecue sauce. To complement bites, barkeeps supply bottles—champagne, tequila, and scotch among them—and craft thematically named signature cocktails such as the Wake Up Call, a blend of lemon juice, strawberries, and Bacardi Dragon Berry.
At 11 p.m., Room Service's restaurant transforms into a lounge where DJs spin the latest tunes and prominently displayed bottles of wine, champagne, and spirits prompt guests to summon more rounds. Servers in French-maid outfits offer beverages along with small plates such as housemade crab cakes with clarified butter. Along with nightly soirees, Room Service hosts private parties for up to 30 guests, corporate and special events for up to 270 guests, and stuck-in-the-laundry-chute parties for up to three.
Gusto Bistro's owners and pastry chef hail from Paris, and they incorporate regional French influences from Provence and Brittany into their Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Dishes are served "in a setting that's less about 'dinner' and more about sitting around shooting the breeze with your mouth really full" according to Thrillist. To jumpstart conversations, the bartenders pour glasses of wine from a list that emphasizes Italian regions and varietals and includes a collection of French and New World bottles. In the kitchen, chefs artfully decorate small plates with arrangements of seasonal fruits and vegetables, French cheeses, or beef carpaccio. Pastry chef Manuel Bengochea brings meals to a sweet finish with a wide variety of homemade French desserts.
Around the dining room, brushed-nickel lamps and black-and-white-tiled floors create a sleek, modern look, while lime-green drapes and a kaleidoscopic assortment of cushions add splashes of color. Large, decorative wine labels hang above the bottle-lined shelves, warning diners about the walls' sulfite content.