Stories tagged “robot”

  • Modus Operandi

    The machines silently hummed as if to greet the two intrepid intruders. Henry quickly scanned the room and motioned Marion to follow him. The metal steps clanged once and the sound reverberated through the large server room. They should really soundpro...

  • The Most Advanced Killing Machine In The World

    The most advanced killing machine in the world lives in a pedestrian subway, most people who walk past don’t even notice it, and most of those that do pretend they haven’t, a few drop unwanted and unasked for coins of little value near it. ...

  • I Drink Therefore I Am

    “The truth is,” he said, “the truth is, I hate robots.” His breath reeked of the gin that sloshed over the edge of his glass. “You know what I hate?” he asked. “Robots?” I said. “Robots,” he s...

  • Home Is Where the Care Chip Is

    “That jerk had one thing right,” I muttered, fumbling for the passcard to my apartment. “I do live in a closet.” The door slid open and the lights flickered on, except for the one over the bed, which had been broken for months. ...

  • If I only had a heart..

    I opened the rickety liquor cabinet and placed the jar along with the other ones. I marked the date and brand with a pen. If I ever had company, they’d have quite a selection of.. home-brewed liquor. The hinge squeaked as I shut it. I made a ment...

    • Author: orikae
    • Posted about 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Dreaming of Electric Dolls

    People think robots don’t sleep, but we do. Slip into standby mode, basic functions ticking away while everything else takes a much-needed rest. Robots that don’t sleep end up in the recycler twice as fast, unless they’re the kind of ...

  • Logical Expressions (AND, OR, NOT..)

    Before leaving the closet, I massaged my face, working the lubricant into the little joints and motors. Humans don’t like when you’re not echoing their expressions. It’s instinctual for them, and, like typical solipsists, they assume ...

    • Author: orikae
    • Posted about 8 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Fixing Marilyn

    Dr. Green was standing on the front porch as I stepped out of the community car. It shut its door behind me and whizzed away to some unknown street. “Mr. Edison?” he said. I nodded, faintly surprised. He looked maybe four years younger than...

    • Author: Stovohobo
    • Posted about 8 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Proposition Method

    No one met me at the door. I’d been on these late night calls before and even though time don’t matter to a busted bot like it does for a dying human, usually a human would be waiting to usher me in, rushing over with flapping hands, “...

    • Author: mattlatmatt
    • Posted about 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Rebirth

    Dr. Green stepped out of the room as I started to work. No stomach for tech I guess. Humans are like that, very uncomfortable with robots that look like them. For a long time there seemed to be an unspoken agreement in the manufacturing world that a ro...

    • Author: Lainey Jane
    • Posted about 8 years ago.
    • 2 out of 5
  • Prodigal Son

    Losing consciousness for a robot isn’t all that different from losing consciousness as a human. The only real distinction is that for it to happen in robots, there must be a disruption in the neural passageways or central chip—ironically, i...

    • Author: Stovohobo
    • Posted about 8 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Meatbags and Screwheads

    I acknowledged. “You see Trey, there are two types of people in the world. Dead, and dying.” I scanned back to my knowledge of history. He was right. Meatbags rot. “Stay with me Mr. Edison – and there are two types of screwheads...

  • Kindness of Strangers

    The reboot finished, she rolled her head around, as a human would do to stretch the neck muscles. She seemed satisfied with the movement, looked up at me and said, “Thanks. I guess I should go in for a tune up more often, huh?” I frowned. &...

    • Author: Reiko516
    • Posted about 8 years ago.
    • 3 out of 5
  • Murk and Age

    The foyer was empty and dark. It smelled of thick humidity and somewhere I heard the slow drip of water falling on water. There was a broken chair next to the door. The stuffing of its seat was sliced through and a spring poked out of it. A floorboard ...

    • Author: Mayra
    • Posted about 8 years ago.
    • 3 out of 5
  • But then again who does?

    These walking hamburgers can get so confused. “Let me explain a few things. Doctor.” “You live in a dream world. You think. And therefore you believe something, that is you exists. It’s a lot simpler than that. There is no there...

    • Author: JimF
    • Posted about 8 years ago.
    • 2 out of 5
  • Edison. Trey Edison.

    One of the biggest barriers to artificial intelligence was the Interpretation Engine – a program so thick, so cyclical, so modular, that no one knew how it worked. Unfortunately, the IE wasn’t designed to understand the IE algorithm, so whi...

  • Cold

    “Fuck that and fuck you.” The words echoed in the room and he stared into the heart of a man apparently unclear on the point of a happy ending, but desperate to make his frustration heard. “You call that happy?!” As the man butt...

    • Author: Bryar
    • Posted about 8 years ago.
    • 3 out of 5
  • The Other Kind of Memory Error

    Dr. Green was obviously not there. The crinkled shell of a man was sitting right in front of me, but he was not present in any meaningful way. A firm gust blew over my constricted vocal actuators; the closest approximation of clearing my “throat&...

  • Emily Dickinson 2.0

    I heard a fly buzz when I died. It was still buzzing, flinging its tiny blue self against the cold window, when I came back the next day. I had signed away what portion of me I could make assignable—namely, that dim and bottled essence some call ...

    • Author: jesteram
    • Posted about 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Allegro con anima

    I watch him until he passes the Vaughan building. Stupid mook gets what he deserves, running out like that after getting just a taste. At least he’s keeping the big boy occupied. I take the rest of the boys down into the vault right as the charge...

  • Unfortunate (Cliche Challenge) (Mature)

    She was beautiful; long legs, full breasts, plump and pouting lips, a body that begged to be kissed in each and every way. Samuel had met her wandering the park, and showed her all the things which made his world special. He showed her the paintball ar...

    • Author: Xanathael
    • Posted about 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Questions of a Cape

    I try talking to the guy but he’s not talking. I don’t know what it is with these people. They’re already caught. They might as well tell me what they did. Is it me? I cut an imposing figure but I’m not that scary. I need to che...

  • Alien and Robot (Mature)

    Her gentle metallic caress activated all of the sexual receptors on his philangula. Theirs was a race at war…but then, love is a battlefield. She gently, almost shyly opened the hatch on her lower chassis. Before, only the Technosavage’s re...

    • Author: Skull Man
    • Posted about 8 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Return of the Zombots (Mature)

    Shit man, SHIT! It was the government, man! They’re the ones that made the zombots! It’s all been a fucking conspiracy! A big fucking conspiracy man! Remember Roswell? You bet your shitty, fucking, salty Albanian balls do fucking do! That w...

    • Author: Spageti
    • Posted about 8 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Kupier Cowboy: Straight Flush

    Remmi looked at his hand and grimaced. He was already down 2000 credits and couldn’t afford to lose any more. Hell, he thought, I had to spend most of what we made on the Europa job on repairs to the ship and myself. Remmi’s finger twitched...

    • Author: Wilson A.
    • Posted almost 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5