Writers of the Future XXIV
Told through letters in 190-, a man relates how he has created Mitchell and Gwendolin, two life-like creatures, in competition with another clockwork maker. In fact, both creatures become sentient. Taking a turn for the worse, they are kidnapped. The kidnapper turns out to be the letter writer’s maker, who believes himself human. However, one of his creatures considered the original maker a machine, in an ironic twist.
Although not deeply philosophical, this presents an interesting play of what makes a creature man or machine. Good use of the letters format.