Around 2014 I read a short story collection (and the momory of it now just popped in my head) containing a story about a broken nanny robot who needed to be replaced.

The plot twist of the story was

their kid is also a robot they bought.

As it is a memory of long ago it can be faulty but I am sure of the twist.

What story is this? Would love to find the collection again

  • 1
    You read it around 8 years and a few months ago (in 2013-2014)?
    – Clockwork
    Mar 31 at 13:00
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    Please include the details of the plot twist; you can hide spoilers by starting the line with >!.
    – DavidW
    Mar 31 at 13:33
  • I've read it only one time 8y ago and it just now popped in my head after seeying a movie related to androids
    – Dylan
    Apr 18 at 8:17

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Perhaps you are thinking of "Nanny" (1955) by Philip K. Dick?

(It is the answer to some other robot nanny replacement questions on this site.)

"Nanny" is a science fiction short story by American writer Philip K. Dick, first published in 1955 in Startling Stories and later in The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick . It has since been republished several times, including in Beyond Lies the Wub in 1988. (source)

You can read the full story here.

Points in common with your description:

  • Found in bundle of short stories

  • Pre-2013

  • Broken nanny robot who needs to be replaced (because after being repeatedly damaged when fighting other nanny robots, it was eventually killed in one such fight)

Points not in common with your description:

  • None of the kids are robots; instead, the new nanny ends up

killing another nanny robot.

  • Thanks for your responds ! However I've gone through it and it is not the story I am searching for.
    – Dylan
    Apr 18 at 8:16

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