Questions tagged [robots]

For questions about robots and their use in a specific work of science-fiction or fantasy; use this tag in conjunction with the specific work in question, e.g. [star-wars]. Also for use in conjunction with the [story-identification] tag.

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Man whose job is to destroy broken robots on Mars

Could anyone help me please. I am looking for a short story where the setting is on Mars, protagonist a human waste disposal worker. His job is to shovel broken down robots into the furnace and they ...
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Old cartoon movie or series: robots walking down a tilting corridor to get “sacrificed”

I just remembered a scene from a somewhat old sci-fi cartoon series or movie but Google only brought me here so I'll give it a try. What I can remember: a lot of robots walking down a tunnel or ...
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Children's illustrated SF book with 2 children forced to flee in an escape pod

I’m looking for a children's book I read when I was aged five or six (we're talking the late 1970's/early 1980's, If I was really pushed I would say 1981 but hey... whatever...). It was a book in the ...
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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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Identify SF novel with spider-legged one-eyed robot

I read this novel sometime in the 1980s or so, I think. It takes place on Earth where an alien artifact is found. It has a hatch that opens periodically, from which a one-eyed multi-legged alien ...
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Comic where a robot “takes apart” a man's body while he's alive

I remember seeing a comic book in the early 90's (was it based on a movie like Creepshow or Tales From the Crypt?) where a man (possibly a scientist) finds a cute little robot and, out of curiosity, ...
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What's this serialised comic strip about a girl who discovers everyone around her is a robot?

As a kid in the '80s, I found myself often in doctor's waiting rooms. I devoured most of the comic magazines there. In one of those, I read fragments of a story that I would like to find. The story ...
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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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The title of an SF where a robot became conscious and a friend of a boy?

When I was an elementary school student back in the late 80's through early 90's, I was forced to read some books as vacation assignments. There are some books which I still remember I liked, but I ...
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Book where the main character's consciousness is transferred to an artificial body

I'm doing a school project which requires me to cite the science-fiction books I've read. I am almost done; I just need the last book, but I can't find the title. I recall it taking place in a future ...
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Short story about a advanced robot guarding a treasure

Does anyone remember the name/location of this short story? The story is about a technologically advanced robot that guards a treasure of great value. To survive the encounter and be allowed to ...
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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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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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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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Does anyone know this story about robots forming a religion by Alex Garland?

So I've read an adaptation of the story, which goes like this: When a spaceship collides with an asteroid, it's almost sure to blow up . When all other measures to save the ship fail, the only human ...
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Looking for the name of a short story about robots seeking experiences

I'm looking for the name of a short story I remember reading at my University library between 2001-2003. It had a great selection of Sci-Fi stories and anthologies. I'm pretty sure this story was in ...
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1980s (possibly) Cartoon movie, Oil workers find a magic mask when drilling for oil

I am looking for a movie I saw when I was a kid, all I can remember is some oil workers drilling for oil then an old magic mask causing an earthquake and rising out of the ground, the next part I ...
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Book with mentally controlled space mechas fighting

I read a book a few years ago, but can only remember specific bits and pieces of it now. The main character was the pilot of a warrior mentally controlled robot mecha thing, which could travel the ...
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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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Trying to identify a comic about a girl and a robot break into a lab to steal experimental chip

I'm on an impossible task to try to identify a comic I read online. It was a free PDF (maybe 30 pages long?) and was the first part of a story about a girl whose dad (or something similar) brings ...
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Kids in advanced scifi school novel series?

Okay, I remember this being sold in a Christian bookstore, but it may or may not have been Christian themed. Basically these kids were part of an advanced school in a futuristic society, and went on ...
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short science fiction story about a soldier in a war between the two robotic nations

The story follows a humanoid robot soldier in a battle and describes how he clears a house using his high-tech weapons and then collects the body parts of the slain enemies in a sack to be "recycled" ...
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Looking for a fantasy book about an angry God, a sentient robot, a ghost child and man in a black suit

There's two factions in the book "black" and "white". The white believe they can earn the god's approval, the black wish to kill him so he doesn't destroy them. He has caused apocalyptic events by ...
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Help identify a book containing SIGNET

I have a scrap of paper upon which I wrote some cryptic notes about a book I was reading. Unfortunately, I failed to record anything that would help me identify the book. The notation most likely to ...
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Why do Gundam robots have eyes anyway?

So, for the longest time, I assumed the mobile suits in Gundam had cameras in their eyes for the pilot to see from inside the closed cockpit. However, I learned that, in fact, the camera was in the ...
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Does “Isaac Asimov's Robots in Time” series violate the grandfather paradox?

As anyone who is familiar with the Isaac Asimov's Robots in Time series by William F. Wu is already aware, the Mojave Center Governor does not realize that sending his component parts backwards ...
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Book in which humanity is extinct and AI's wage war against each other

The only other detail my friend could remember is that the AI's that looked the most human were considered superior to those who were not humanoid, i.e. a spider mech that performs hull maintenance.
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Old/retro anime or cartoon with robots (visuals inside)

There is this very vague memory of some kind of anime or cartoon from my childhood and I really want to recall it. Everything I remember about it is the style of environment and surroundings that is ...
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Story or book with character named “Bird” and homebuilt security robots

This was probably from the 70s or early 80s. It was post-apocalyptic, and featured home built (mostly small) robots that served to protect the character and his living space. The only character name I ...
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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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Phoebus declaration from the book “Stories of Ibis”

After reading the book The Stories of Ibis, I was curious if the author has ever published a full version of the declaration of Phoebus, the speech that the android Phoebus held when asked to express ...
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Animatied Sci Fi, aired in mid 80's on Nickelodeon channel in USA; actual movie may be European

This film has been on eating at my brain for quote some time. Hope someone can help. The story was fit for kids, but also epic in scope. It involved a group of main characters that was caught in the ...
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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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short story where a robot is built to maintain a bridge but blows it up

I heard someone talking about this in passing a few years back but he couldn't remember the name
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Looking for the name of a book about a robot that gains sentience

I read a book when I was much younger which follows the life of a robot which was built during world war 2. He gets covered in blood and somehow this grants his sentience. The rest of the novel ...
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In the climax of “The Mechanical”, why does Jax not do this?

In Ian Tregillis's book The Mechanical, towards the climax, Jax is in the New Amsterdam forge when he is attacked by various Stemwinders and servitors. At one point, Jax uses the piece of glass to ...
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Looking for a late 70s early 80s movie about humans being replaced by robots

Started watching a movie as a kid on cable in the late 70s or early 80s about robots replacing human beings. The main character was a private detective. He has an id card/credit card with a single ...