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'''''Argo''''' is the first published short story by Rick Griffin, creator of award-winning webcomic Webcomic/{{Housepets}}. Taking place in the distant future when androids outnumber humans, advancements in artificial intelligence is intentionally stifled by heavy government regulations. When Mira, an ambitious and disillusioned engineer, stumbles upon a shockingly advanced android, she begins to learn more than she ever could have imagined about artificial intelligence, and herself.

The story explores themes such as balancing fear and progress, the nature of intelligence, and what it means to be human.

It can be purchased in a number of formats for computers and eReaders at [[http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/70010 Smashwords]] or [[http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0058OWX7Q Amazon.com]].

Not to be confused with [[Film/{{Argo}} the 2012 Ben Affleck film.]]
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!!This story provides examples of:

* AnimalsNotToScale: Justified, as androids are designed for practicality first, looking cute and unthreatening second.
* ArtificialIntelligence: The main theme of the story.
* TheBechdelTest: Passed so hard the Bechdel professor probably thought Rick Griffin cheated.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: Traffic accident victims are covered in white sheets regardless of whether or not they survive the accident. Just assumed at first to be a quirk of the ambulance androids, but...]]
* CranialProcessingUnit: Seems to be fairly standard design.
* CuteMachines: Ani-droids, by design, look like cartoon characters.
* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler: Mother]] looks a lot like a mechanical one.
* EmergentHuman: Lily shows signs of this when being modified.
* ExpressiveEars: Eo has these.
* HappinessInSlavery: Androids have no rights and are essentially treated as slaves, but they don't mind one bit.
* PettingZooPeople: Ani-droids, the most common variety of androids, are this.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: [[spoiler: Humans. After the war, anyway.]]
* RobotWar: Happened before the events of the story. The humans came out alright, though, and still seem to be cool with androids as long as they're heavily regulated. Making them cute and cuddly doesn't hurt either. [[spoiler: Or so they think.]]
* [[spoiler: TomatoInTheMirror: Mira is an android and so are most/all other humans.]]
* UncannyValley: Invoked, as most androids are designed to be [[FurriesAreEasierToDraw anthropomorphs]] to avert this trope.
* WhamLine: [[spoiler: When Mother opens up Mira's wrist.]]
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