I, For One, Welcome Our Robot Overlords (Part 1)

I’ve got a new article up at the Kirkus Reviews blog today about Robots in Science Fiction (Part 1).

Stop by and check it out!


2 thoughts on “I, For One, Welcome Our Robot Overlords (Part 1)”

  1. A robot which predates both Tik-Tok and Capek is the title character of Villiers de L’Isle-Adam’s 1886 novel L’Ève future, which anticipates by more than 50 years Del Rey’s  “Helen O’Loy”. In the novel the mechanical woman is an invention of Thomas Edison, intended as a substitute for a friend’s beautiful but vapid fiancée.

    I hope you will mention John Sladek’s Roderick in the second installment. This is an underappreciated book which meditates on the nature of robots at the same time as being a very funny novel in the great picaresque tradition of Fielding and Smollett.

  2. Hi Bill,

    Yep — I was aware that Tik-Tok wasn’t the first, which is why I was careful to say “one the most memorable…” :)

    And: I do indeed mention Roderick, though briefly, in Part 2. Stay tuned!

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