Bill, the Little Steam Shovel

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Lansdale, Joe R. "Bill, the Little Steam Shovel." In Flights: Extreme Visions of Fantasy. Al Sarrantonio, ed. NYC: Roc / New American Library, 2004. For full publication history, see the Internet Speculative Fiction Database, as of October 2023, here.[1]

From the website Battered, Tattered, Yellowed, & Creased ~ Adventures in Fiction, review of the collection The Shadows, Kith and Kin (2007) {Posted by admiral.ironbombs in Horror}:

The second "really weird" story is damn weird: “Bill, the Little Steam Shovel,” which takes all of those children’s stories with anthropomorphized vehicles and drives that concept into the red-light district. Bill’s the little steam shovel who dreams of many things: the day when his Dave will drive him out to do work, of building nice things like malls and parking lots for the other Daves, and of sticking his dipstick up the tailpipe of the nice lady steam shovel. Not that a nice shovel should dream of such uncouth things, but Bill’s lonely and tired of getting picked on by the bigger shovels.[2]

So see for combinations of mechanism and sex (if merely speculative?), but machine-on-machine kind, nonrobotic variation.

Mentioned and very briefly summarized by Janice M. Bogstadt, SFRA Review #271 (Jan./Feb./March 2005): 21.

RDE, finishing, 26/28Oct23