Robots in literature

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List of robots in literature and films:

First appeared in print:

  • The word "robot" comes from Karel Capek's play, R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) [written 1920; first performed 1921; performed in New York 1922; English edition published 1923]. In the play, the word refers to artificially created life forms. 1
  • Robots by Isaac Asimov:
  • Adam Link of "I, Robot" by Eando Binder (predates the Asimov book of the same title)
  • Klaatu of "Farewell to the Master" by Harry Bates (later adapted to film as The Day the Earth Stood Still)
  • Helen O'Loy, from the story of the same title by Lester del Rey (1938)
  • The Humanoids, from a series by Jack Williamson


First appeared in film:

First appeared on television: (might realy be stretching 'literature', but here...)

  • Cylons -- Battlestar Galactica (according to the novelizations, Cylons were simply humanoid aliens wearing mechanical armor. Don't know if this was true in the TV show, but this is the literature page...)(see /Talk)
  • Doctor Who -- K-9, the Movellans (the Daleks were travel machines for little blobby organic aliens, not robots or even cyborgs)
  • Data and Lore -- Star Trek: The Next Generation

see also Science fiction


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