I read a humorous science fiction story some ten to twenty years ago about robotic explorers who discover a planet, perhaps Earth, with intelligent organic lifeforms and can't quite believe it. They argue about how impossible that is. Apparently all intelligence in the galaxy is machine-based.

In the end, I think, they decide against contacting the organics. Nor do they tell the rest of the galaxy about their discovery because they won't be believed.

Any clues?


"They're Made Out of Meat" by Terry Bisson, originally published in 1991, and nominated for the 1992 Nebula Award for best short story.


  • That's it! Thanks for the link, it's a funny story. Not particularly important, but funny. – rosesunhill Mar 16 '16 at 21:26

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