Several types of robot work on an automated farm. One by one they realize there have been no communications from the City for some time, and the humans may be gone. They stop working, decide after a quite comical conversation that they will rule the world together (or similar), and head off down the road toward the City full of plans. One small robot falls off a big one and is left to die. At a river they meet a dirty creature drinking the water and they all bow down and cry “Master!”


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This is the short story "But who can replace a Man?" by Brian Aldiss.

Wiki Aldiss Site

  • Yep---thanks! Well done.
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    Commented Apr 17, 2013 at 3:05

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