Does anyone know the title or author of a story where a lone spaceman is walking across lunar surface in a suit that has sentience. The story skilfully teases the reader into believing the spaceman is still alive, but when it is found the suit contains a skeleton.
There is a similar story line in "Have Space Suit—Will Travel", by Robert A. Heinlein.– James JenkinsDec 3, 2013 at 18:27
This is Iain M Banks' short story Descendant, published in his collection The State of the Art.
A nice yarn, and one that illuminates some details of the way the Culture deals with the moral questions concerning borderline sentient AIs; a topic not discussed in other stories that I am aware of. Dec 3, 2013 at 18:37
9@dhof, if this is the correct answer, can you click the check mark to mark the answer as accepted? Dec 4, 2013 at 11:22
1I hurt. Good read.– user16696Jul 5, 2015 at 6:11