SEPARATED AT BIRTH? Norman Hsu and Zeno the Artificial Boy.

Thanks to reader Robert Arvanitis for pointing out the uncanny resemblance.

UPDATE: It’s a small world. Reader Tony Daniel — author of Superluminal and Metaplanetary — emails:

I wrote the content for Zeno the Robot Boy – the stuff Zeno says – under the direction of David Hanson, the robot boy’s creator, of course.

One of the many freelance gigs a mid-list SF writer must take – but a particularly fun one in this case.

Norman Hsu had other programmers…

I’ll bet their stories aren’t as good, either.