Approximately 19 Earth years into their mission surveying deep space, the crew was in deep oblivion to the sights surrounding the ship. Lacking the technology to venture outside and investigate any potentially habitable planets and asteroids, the assignment involved little more than routine observation and constant recordkeeping. Every single one of the entertaining distractions brought on board (including every coupling imaginable among the crew) had been explored and analyzed and discussed among them to pass the time. Ship cleaning, repairs, and maintenance all became passé, everything handled with ruthless efficiency by the ships computer, named Victor by its self-important maker. An intelligent machine, Victor obeyed the most insignificant commands with submissive alacrity. But eventually, the novelty of the state-of-the-art android and its unquestioning compliance wore off, and the crew began to treat it with the contemptand underestimationcommon to masters with slaves.
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