The ban against building self-aware robots has been lifted and Eager can finally come out of hiding. But his freedom is short-lived: the Authorities begin to round-up self-aware robots. Humans need the robots help. They lack the expertise to solve a growing technological crisis on earth -- one that will affect both humans and robots. But even though he's being held captive, Eager's greatest dream has been fulfilled: he now has robot friends, such as Dulcie the mermaid -- half-animat, half-dolphin. But are these new friends all they appear to be? And can they really help solve the planet's growing problems?
Used availability for Helen Fox's Eager and the Mermaid
March 2007 : UK Paperback