By Ursula K. Le Guin
He was once an absolutely grown guy, on my own in dense woodland, with out path to teach the place he had come from and no reminiscence to inform who - or what - he was once. His eyes weren't the eyes of a human. The woodland humans took him in and raised him nearly as a baby, educating him to talk, education him in wooded area lore, giving him the entire wisdom that they had. yet they can now not resolve the riddle of his earlier, and eventually he needed to set out on a deadly quest to Es Toch, the town of the Shing, the Liars of Earth, the Enemy of Mankind. There he may locate his real self. . . and a universe packed with danger.
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Form had been allowed to follow function - and Wee Gee looked anything but human. Though capable of assuming hundreds of configurations, Wee Gee always reverted to an inverted U shape. His right arm was three times more powerful than his left. It boasted no less than four articulated joints, and a C-shaped grasper. The left arm was less sturdy but was mounted with a human-style hand that could use the tools carried on the utility belt cinched around Wee Gee's processor housing. What Morgan called the drive assembly linked both sides of the droid together - and served as a platform for the vertical sensor pod that provided Wee Gee with the electronic equivalent of sight.
He viewed the vessel as little more than a curiosity at first, a pilot so stupid that he or she had missed the spaceport to the east and was searching for landmarks. Then he noticed that the running lights had been extinguished and that the vessel was flying below official minimums, and his stomach felt funny. That kind of feeling had protected him in the past. Within a fraction of a second from the time the doubts first entered his mind, the ship opened fire. Morgan stood stunned as lasers stabbed the ground, an SLM went off high above, and something exploded.
The stormtroopers pulled back and found cover. Kyle stepped around the corner of the building, took a deep breath, and gave the order. " Morley triggered the remote and an eruption of dust signaled that the charges had been detonated. This was the moment Kyle had been dreading, when he would step through the hatch and take a blaster bolt in the chest. He wanted to speak, wanted to say something, but couldn't find the words. His movements were jerky, like those of the toy soldiers his father had fashioned for him.
City of Illusions (Hainish Cycle, Book 3) by Ursula K. Le Guin