Hey there, As I stated in my introduction post, I'm a newbie TNG fan with endless adoration for Cmd Data ! I always loved androids in fiction, there is always a good ol' Asimov book on my bed side table, just in case I need some robotic wonder ; ) I began working on a fanfic about Data lately, but there are many things I'm unsure about and I'd like to avoid mistakes that would make him appear as out of character. Currently, I am struggling on technical details about Data's sensory capacities and how close he is to humans "physiologically". I mean, he does ingest food and liquids sometimes, but does he actually eat ?? Is it the way he charged his internal batteries ? I can't remember a single episod when he seemed to use a charging device. I understood that he has no need to sleep, though. I remember an episod in which Guinan asks him what he thinks of a new cocktail of hers, and he analyzes the liquid's nutritional composition perfectly. Does anyone know how he achieves it ? I also wonder if his sense of taste is essentially about analyze, or if he can also feel flavours like we do ? Can he have any food preferences ?? I'd love to write a dinner scene, and I don't know how to handle it with such a lack of information. Now I have to confess, the fic is supposed to be a romance - and believe me : it's freaking difficult to write a love story about someone who can't feel love. So there will be physical contacts used to convey feelings (I am not thinking about frisky things here) but I have no clue about how Data's sense of touch works. He obviously feels pressure (else he couldn't work or grab objects), but can he feel warmth ? Can he feel texture and tell two materials apart based on their textures ? And does he have the ability to discriminate between nice touch inputs and nociceptive ones (pain) ?? That being said, I have no doubt he can tell weither or not a physical contact is friendly by analyzing the social context, pressure, the other person's body language, and so on. I'll probably come with other questions later, but that's all for now folks ! I'd be thankful to those who'd help me with those !