His Robot Girlfriend is a simple story from a character standpoint because it has only two main characters-- the robot and the robot's boyfriend. Mike, the robot's boyfriend, is as close to me as I have ever written, though he isn't quite me. He's near my age and he is a teacher like me. He likes science fiction as I do. It's rather easy to fall into making him mirror myself, so I have conciously added some traits which I do not share. The robot, Patience, is essentially the perfect fantasy woman, so all I have to do is match her actions with what a man, in this case Mike, would want a woman to do in that circumstance. In other words, she gets to be lover, child, mother, nurse, friend, and confidant.