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For questions about robots and their use in a specific work of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Use this tag in conjunction with the specific work in question, e.g. [star-wars]

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Anime where character finds buried mech suit [on hold]

I’m looking for an anime I remember from many years ago, I want to say it is a Gundam series but I can’t recall. I remember the character finding a mecha suit buried for some reason and when he got ...
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Short story about a man who finds out that he's a robot

Looking for a short story that starts with a man waking up in his bed with his wife beside him. Throughout the whole story keeps thinking that something isn't right, that his life is boring, or ...
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Cartoon/anime about people transforming into giant white robots to fight aliens

Can anyone name this cartoon movie, which may even have been an anime? I saw it in the 80s or 90s. Members of a family are able to turn into giant white mecha-looking robots to fight aliens that come ...
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Cartoon about a young girl who travelled the country with a robot to find her father

It is about a young girl, with short, blond hair, who travelled the country with a strong, yet kind, robot to find her father(?). All the while, they are being followed by an evil organisation. In ...
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Looking for a short story about an alien or robot looking for sources of food

I am looking for a short story about an alien or possibly a robot looking for sources of food. The story was read in a school english comprehension text book in the UK in the early 1980's. Story is ...
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Cartoon about a couple that form a shade and then a robot [closed]

I watched this cartoon as a kid; it is about an anime. It's about one couple that together they look into each other and form like a shade, and then it goes into a robot or form a robot.
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Cartoon about manned robots that would drive instead of walk

I used to watch this show in, possibly, the late 90s, about manned robots that were operated by humans. Kind of like the machines in the Avatar movie, however, they didn't really walk but instead ...
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Post Apocalyptic Sci-fi Movie. Female character has her jaw replaced with a cyborg one

I've been trying for a while to find a post-apocalyptic scifi movie from the 90s(?) that had a scene where one of the characters has had her jaw and voice box replaced with cyborg ones (not visible). ...
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Story about robots and their ethics and how they behave on a raft with room for one

Looking for a comic satirical robot-themed story from the 70s or earlier that took place at a British university. An ethics professor built a robot to solve the problem of ethical behavior when you ...
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Cartoon identification: robots in a dark future, protagonist has a cane-like robot

So, this is a late 90's early 2000 cartoon. Set in a dystopian future. We have an evil government that uses robots to control people. Even if set in future, the people kind of live in a medieval/...
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Looking for sci fi novel about autonomous cars that take over from people. Early to mid 1960's

Mankind has mass produced very ostentatious autonomous cars that serve us. Cars rebel and make people serve them. New cars made are square white boxes. It was a spot on satire of mankind's lust for ...
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A 90s anime/cartoons/ with a main character who has a red mecha suit with a weapon like a spear!

I am searching for an animation with 2 partners. They travel around the world, and they have robots suits. I remember the suits have some neuronal connections with the pilots. The main character has a ...
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Human wanders into robotic farm [duplicate]

This short story was in a collection by one author. It concerns one human in bad condition - hungry, and ill - finding a farm where all the work is being done by machines of varying intelligence. The ...
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Post apocalyptic cartoon about a robot girl who finds a radio in a junkyard

I remember watching a cartoon when I was a young kid probably between years 1998-2004. I don't remember the plot but I think that it was post apocalyptic. The main character (maybe even the only ...
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Which sci-fi movie/episode had bleeding rocks on a planet?

I'm trying to find a long lost movie/series that I saw as a child in the 80s. The only scenes I can remember is that they are on a planet with no vegetation, only dust and rocks. When using their ...
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What is the name of the movie similar to “War of the Worlds” but like vampires?

This movie is similar to “War of the worlds” but it is not war of the worlds! In it there are walkers that have domes underneath (I don’t remember if it was one or two) and go capture humans. They ...
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I am looking for a story about a robot suicide

I remember reading a short story in an old anthology about a robot that has a limited memory that is filling up and will soon stop being able to make new memories. I think I remember that the robot ...
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Looking for a cartoon that has a giant grey robot [closed]

I'm looking for a cartoon probably from 1980s to 2000s that has a giant grey robot. The robot is controlled by 5 people, 1 in each of its hands, 1 in each of its feet, and 1 in its body or maybe the ...
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What happened to the K-Tron in the command center?

Towards the end of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets we see Commander Arün Filitt's K-Tron robots split into two groups. One group is with the soldiers deep down in the space station, while ...
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Does the T-1000 have a name?

The T-800 are called as Uncle Bob and Pops, these are nicknames, but does the T-1000 have a name? Or is ever called in some way other than its model?
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Short story or Novellette about synthetic woman who became self-aware and was trying to break free from her owners [closed]

Looking for short story or long novelette about a created cybernetic or artificial woman who had become self-aware and was trying to get out of the system she was in.
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90s sci-fi cartoon with girl fighting robots on level 11

I'm looking for tips on identifying a cartoon (western animation?) I saw briefly in the 90s at a hotel in Africa (possibly on a European channel?). Here's a description of the scene I remember: A ...
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Blackhawk comic book, moon base, killer robot

I asked this question about a comic book I read back in the 1960s and got a quick answer. Old comic book, war with the moon, Pan-ku Chinese first man1 Another comic book I read back in the 1960s, ...
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Household robot breaks a wall in old HB-like cartoon

This scene happened in a cartoon I watched in Italian (but I think it was American) during the 80s (but it is probably older). A man (*) has a new household robot, a maid/butler/whatever. He orders ...
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Short story about a robot who outlives his humans [duplicate]

Trying to remember the title of a short story about a robot who survives several generations of a family, and at one point stows away on a spaceship. It was an older story — I want to say pre-1970 — ...
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Short story about a process for synthetic diamonds, a robot engineered for escape, and a betrayal

I think I read this somewhere in the 1990s in Ashland, KY, from a book checked out in the library. The basic premise is that two scientists (engineers?) find a way to grow large synthetic diamonds. I ...
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Sci-fi/fantasy short short story translated from French: lovers that turn out to be robots

I'm interested in locating this short short story that was in one of the many collections I devoured as a teenager in the 80s. Sci-fi/ fantasy, translated from French, I think. But the collection as a ...
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Old sci-fi movie: humans on a starship asking robots simple math questions, robots would burn if they didn't know the answer

I watched this film in the early 80's (but may have been from the 60's or 70's) and just remember one scene from it. I don't know if it is color or B&W. The scene I remember is that humans were ...
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Animated movie about a giant metal robot that comes to Earth and befriends a boy

Help me remember the name of an animated movie from the 90's, I think. It was about a giant metal robot who came to Earth and becomes friends with a boy, who tries to hide him from the other people ...
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Looking for a tragic cartoon short about a robot cat seen on British TV in the 80s

A cartoon I saw as a child in the 80s on British TV made a huge impression on me, but I've never been able to track it down online. It was a one-off short about a scientist who creates a robotic black ...
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Anime Identification: The protagonist wears a comma shaped locket which can be used to summon a robot or exo suit

Looking for an anime where the main protagonist wears a white top and a shorts, has a sword on his back with a red grip and summons a robot or some kind of a suit by using a "COMMA" shaped locket ...
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Origin of Robot noises

The "Beep-Boop" noises that are often associated with robots in movies (like R2D2). Do they have an origin? Robots haven't existed for long so I imagine someone started it recently. Are they from an ...
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What were the first robots with alphanumeric designations?

I was thinking the naming of the droids in Star Wars is rather unique, such as R2-D2 and C-3PO, where we have a mixture of letter and numbers and nothing else. Then I thought of K9 from Dr. Who, ...
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Seeking a story where a seducer is accidentally killed by his robot maid

I'm thinking of a short story I read, which was probably in an old anthology from the 1970s or before. I'd like to find it again. The main character was a sleazy seduction artist. At the beginning ...
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Short scifi animation film with a boy-looking robot from a multi-level vertical world that was sent down to explore it

Please help to find a short scifi animation film with a boy-looking robot from multi-level vertical world that was sent down to explore it. He was put into some capsule that fell down, and while it ...
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SF novel identification: late 1980's YA book featuring multi-generational colony raised by robots [duplicate]

In the late 1980s, I read a novel series that spanned several generations of a human colony on a Earth-like extraterrestrial planet. It was probably available through Scholastic Books (in Canada) ...
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Searching for a story where a robot causes chaos by releasing a serum that causes empathy

I've once read a text. I think it was sci-fi related. Now I am searching for it. And I hardly can remember any hard facts. Here are some fragments: A robot is traveling to a planet. (I guess the ...
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Trying to remember story or novel with a non-functioning assassin robot

I have a vague memory of a story (I'm not sure of the length) that I must have read at least fifteen years ago, but beyond that I'm not sure. There's only one element of a more complicated plot that ...
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Is this character supposed to be a robot or android?

In various episodes of Star Trek: Discovery, we can see a character on the bridge of the eponymous USS Discovery named Airiam: Is she supposed to be a robot or an android of some kind? Her facial ...
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Book where the protagonist gets into an accident and has an operation where her brain is put into a robot

I read this years ago and thought the author was Robert Wasserman (or similar) but after extensive searching, can't find him having written the book I'm looking for. The protagonist (her name is ...
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Why did earth stay radioactive for so long with all the people?

In "Robots and Empire," Mandalamus said that Earth would be radioactive within 20 decades (e.g. 200 years). But in "Pebble in The Sky," it was said that people still were on Earth after 9000 years! ...
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Looking for SF short story about robot executioner

This is a short story from the 50s or 60s I think. In it a man is convicted of a crime and then set free. He is followed 24 hours a day by a large, featureless robot. At some unknown time in the ...
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Looking for a short story about a robot that didn't want to die alone so he built another robot to keep him company until his “death”?

I remember reading this short story somewhere. I can't remember all the details very clearly but I do remember it being kind of side and philosophical about life and it becomes a cycle. The story went ...
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Story ID: Old scifi mag story about lost robot civilization

I'm looking for the author/storyname/issue of a yarn from Galaxy or a similar 60s or 50s science fiction magazine. The plot was that in the desert on earth someone found an odd looking rock or round ...
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Missing Robots in Asimov's Foundation Series

It's been years since I read Asimov, but I seem to remember that when he decided to merge his Robots and his Foundation and Empire universes, he explained the relative lack of robots in the Foundation ...
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A short story telling about some adults receiving motherly care from a robot

Many years ago I read a short story about a robot. The robot was designed to provide parental care to some adults in a family (3 or 4 members , who are siblings). Their parents were no longer alive. ...
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Anime series from 1980s or 1990s about princess, protagonist and his robot who are flying to the Earth for help

This anime series is about a protagonist whose planet was destroyed/conquered by an Evil empire and princess, along with the protagonist and courtiers, are flying to the Earth for help. They are ...
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Sci fi short story about interstellar ship with starving robots

About 2011 I read a short story in an anthology. It described an interstellar ship populated by people that were actually sentient robots; they were made of metal, and yet were starving. I think the ...
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Short story about a robot army that fights a war against Satan's army and is lifted into heaven by God

I read a short story once where the End Times come and the leaders of the world decide to send their robot armies to fight Satan's army. The robots suffer heavy losses but are victorious. The humans ...
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What is this robot story? [duplicate]

I remember reading some robot stories years ago, and am trying to track down the stories to read again. Initially I though they must be Asimov stories, but I can find no Asimov story that has what I ...