A series of short stories, collected in a book, circa 1950..1958.

Protagonists name is Gallagher. In a typical story, he gets a development comission, gets drunk on beer, wakes up to discover that he has built a device, and has to figure out how it solves his client's problem.

He is accompanied by a robot that he built while under the influence. He doesn't know the purpose of the robot but does not dare dismantle it.


These are by Henry Kuttner, and are indeed known as the Gallegher series.

The book may have been Robots Have No Tails or The Proud Robot, both of which collect the stories. (The contents of the books appear to be identical except that the later one has an introduction).

(Note: Lewis Padgett is a pseudonym used by Kuttner)

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    According to this: There are six Gallagher stories and both Robots Have No Tails and The Proud Robot contain all six. isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?452 There was also a Henry Kuttner story with a somewhat similar character named Gunther but I forget the title at the moment. – M. A. Golding Feb 21 '18 at 22:47
  • isfdb only shows five stories in Robots Have No Tails. Ah, it lists Robots Have No Tails as part of the series. So I think there are 5 stories and both books contain them all. – Organic Marble Feb 21 '18 at 22:48
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    Margle - yes, I think you are right and Robots Have No Tails is merely the title of the first book. – M. A. Golding Feb 21 '18 at 22:54
  • It's not a duplicate because one question is about the series and the other is about a particular story, but we have had a question about this drunken inventor: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/56006/… – user14111 Feb 22 '18 at 7:14

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