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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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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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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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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What’s the top-right robot on Wirdou’s “These aren't the droids we are looking for” shirt?

The artist Wirdou made this great tee shirt design where there are two storm troopers standing in front of a bunch of robots from movies and TV. I can identify all of the robots but one. (Image ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Identifying a story about a girl named Sarah who finds out she is a robot

I read this sci-fi novel for young adults when I was a kid, and I would love to re-read it but I can't remember the title. I remember the copy I borrowed from the library had some sort of television ...
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Book about young girl who got injured and was remade in a robot body without her knowledge?

I haven't read this book in years and can't remember the name of the book. It wasn't popular or anything but I remember bits and pieces. She was a young girl and she noticed things weren't right when ...
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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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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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Short utopic story where robots “save” humanity

I am looking for a short story about a scientist who invents self replicant robots with one goal - to save humanity (in other words prevent humans from killing themselfs); but this simple condition ...
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What was the first example of toaster being a robot slur?

Battlestar Galactica is known for using "Toaster" as a cybernetic slur, however, I'm curious whether it's been used in that context before, and if so, what's the earliest example of it?
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Why are droids tortured?

Bitmask took this photo while attending the Star Wars Identities Exhibition : I remember this scene from one of the original trilogy movies. I also remember the droid was "screaming" as it was ...
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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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What was the most important thing of all that Hari Seldon wished to tell Daneel?

In Asimov's Forward the Foundation Hari Seldon's last encounter with the robot Daneel Olivaw is below: Seldon stood there for a few minutes after Daneel had gone, lost in thought. Suddenly he began ...
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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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Doves? Killer RoboVacs that eat pets, babies etc

Years ago, my wife recounted to me a short story that she had read even longer ago which I'm minded of by this sudden new craze for roboVacs. Essentially - as today - roboVacs were suddenly the must-...
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Which TV series was the first to feature a human-looking android in a recurring role?

I'm looking for the first show that repeatedly placed a human on screen in the role of a mechanical man/woman that looks like a regular person without obvious "I'm a robot" make up. Secret robot ...
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How many different Soong robots were there?

Star Trek TNG's Data was an andriod created by Noonien Soong, who was the Albert Einstein of robots. He was a busy guy and I think I can count about 4 total robots. Does anyone know all of the Data-...
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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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What is the title of a story with a little girl alone on a generation ship with a robot?

The story starts in a nursery of sorts, with a little girl. She lives in this room, with a window where she can see out into the stars. She has one friend, a robot, that takes care of her. She ...
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Old short story where robot servant/assistant murders human being for lubricants?

Plot Summary/Details Afraid I remember very little of the story, except for the ending. I'm hoping that is memorable enough that someone will know this one. A group of astronauts/space travelers ...
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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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YA Novel where the main characters family have been replaced by impostors

There's not much I remember about the book. I know it has a green cover, the hardback version anyway. The green is almost shiny with vertical lines, sort of like the matrix. This could be way off, ...
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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 ...
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Identify an anime series with combining robots

It is a mecha anime. I believe 4 or 5 robots combine into 1 giant robot. There are 2 male and 3 female pilots. one of the guys, the red head, sister has disappeared. the head of the team is this guy ...
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Name of the SciFi book where boy finds a crash-landed robot spaceship

I am looking for the author / title of a short illustrated story about a robot (humanoid form) that crash-landed on planet earth and a boy finds the wreck. He climbs into it and goes up to the head ...
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80's Scifi Show with Egyptian looking flying robots [duplicate]

Does anyone remember an 80's or early 90's TV show with Egyptian looking flying robots in it? It was on the Super Channel in the UK. It was primitive looking CGI in the computer game style of the time?...
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Robotic parts on a beach that assemble

I'm hoping someone recognizes this short story I read as a boy. The story was about a robotic eyeball that rolled around on a beach until it found a hand. The two parts joined up and wiggled around ...
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SciFi / Fantasy Crossover - Trying to identify a book I read in the 90's - Magic, Robots, Witch, Space Shuttle, Parrot

My memory is vague on this, but here's what I 'think' I know: I do not believe it is part of the Shannara series, though I could be wrong. It is possibly a one-off, rather than part of a series of ...
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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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Short story with a mechanical fly

Trying to identify a short story from some long-forgotten collection with multiple authors. All I really remember is a man attempting to swat a fly that landed on him...when a blue flame shoots out ...
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Looking for a short story: robot making other robots

A friend of mine is trying to track down a short story that her dad enjoyed decades ago, with a view to buying the book for his birthday. It's a comedy, and the plot follows a guy who assembles a ...
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Looking for the title of a scifi book where the main character is a robot without a navel who lives in the Chrysler Building

Looking for the title of a scifi book where the main character is a robot who looks like a human but does not have a navel. The story is focused around the Chrysler Building. The plot is about a young ...