I'm looking for a short story about a museum curator who is put in charge of two old crystal heads. After a while it becomes clear that the heads are communicating to each other. They come from a different time and are robots?? Maybe?? They are husband and wife from long ago and they take up a conversation about why they are divorcing. It would seem the husband had a habit of undertaking long space travel thus abandoning his family. This was read probably in the 60's - maybe early 70's.

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This is reminiscent of the 1977 Brian Aldiss story "Appearance of Life".

A scholar researching in a huge museum finds a old "holocap", which is

... a hologrammed image of a real woman, with a facsimile of her brain implanted on a collapsed germanium-alloy core. It generates an appearance of life.

When activated, an animated, 3d, speaking representation of the woman's head appears within the holocap.

Later the scholar finds a holocap of the woman's husband, brings the two holocaps together, and activates them, so that they can have a conversation.

It turns out that they did get divorced, but also that the holocaps were created at different times (years apart), so the conversation turns out to be somewhat meaningless.

  • Fabulous! This is exactly it. Thank you. I love this site!
    – Eve
    Dec 16, 2017 at 22:50
  • I'm glad to hear it. I wasn't sure, because it didn't exactly match your description. And welcome! Dec 16, 2017 at 23:13

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