Stories tagged “robots”

  • Locked in the Dark

    The Marauder strike force had blown the generator. Breakpoint—the transforming robot automech with whom I was partnered—and I were stuck in one of the automech-sized service corridors, between Blast Door 3F and Blast Door 3G, which had automaticall...

  • The Marauder Factory

    We’d located the abandoned factory where the Marauders took truckloads of hostages. Per standing orders, we called in Aegis, the UN automech task force. There were only a few Marauders in the factory, and Aegis took them by surprise so that they ...

  • Deus Ex Machina

    Marion landed like an avenging goddess, stabbing downward with all the fury of a woman scorned. Her blade struck sparks from the arm DEM. threw up to protect its face. The next second, she was flying through the air once again as the robot tossed her a...

  • Now you can't leave

    The bartender stopped wiping the glass he had been absently cleaning, and silence seemed to envelop the bar as I could feel the weight of a dozen pairs of eyes on me. “What’s wrong with you people?” I challenged. I wasn’t worrie...

    • Author: JimF
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Domo Arigato...

    I backed towards the door, hands held up in my best imitation of a peaceful gesture. I worked my smile hydraulics as hard as I could, hoping that my expression would calm them down. This would be a bad time to screw up. “Look, I don’t want ...

    • Author: orikae
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • 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 over 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Help.

    My servants, I was only notified this morning, were scheduled for a “pick up” today. After receiving that news, my breakfast lacked flavor. Once the Servant Service arrived for the pickup, I made myself scarce. I lit the last stick of incen...

  • Rebirth / Kindness of Strangers (II)

    She looked around again, “and Dr. Green?” she asked me. “He had to step out.” I hedged. “No doubt,” she said. She looked somewhat disappointed but not surprised. “My own fault really, I should have told him before we got here. I just wasn...

    • Author: Lainey Jane
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 2 out of 5
  • Social Life

    The doctor throws back his head and roars with laughter. “I see they’ve programmed you with a rather sophisticated sense of humor, too.” This was not quite the reaction that I’d been hoping for when I set out to convince Green t...

    • Author: Ford Dent
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Digital Genocide

    The disease spread quickly. It could kill in a day or two and going anywhere near someone infected guaranteed transmission. Hundreds were dead. Thousands more would die soon. There was no cure known. Cases were cropping up on all corners of the colony....

    • Author: Wilson A.
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Elevator

    Ben doesn’t like elevators. Being in close contact with others and forced into awkward silence or banal smalltalk is his own personal hell. We spend a lot of time in elevators. I stand still as a statue as he twiddles his thumbs and stares up at ...

    • Author: Olivaw
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Ain't it grand?

    Ain’t it grand, she said, admiring the fine, smooth synthetic skin. Ain’t it fine, she grinned, showing off the perfectly coiffured silicon hair. Its voice was low and calming as the mouth moved and smiled realisitically. It shook hands wit...

  • Sartorobot

    Frank had an idea while he was unloading the new shipment at Finnigan’s Menswear. They told him there’s no market for clothes that also recharge one’s batteries.

    • Author: Shorty
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • So Tired

    He watched them with something akin to resentment as they sauntered in and out of his field of vision. The motors controlling his eye cameras were the last to go, thankfully giving him almost a year of free observation, but now they were frozen low in ...

    • Author: Usagi
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Another Tactic

    Green advances on me with a decidedly menacing air. He’s got a knife in one hand, and while I’m not sure what he expects to do with the damned thing I can’t help but feel nervous about it. Knives don’t do a whole lot to a guy li...

    • Author: Ford Dent
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 3 out of 5
  • Automatic Response

    Love. Sounds complicated, doesn’t it? Humans have struggled to come to grips with the emotion and it’s effects on the psyche for millenia. Some are desperate to find it, some wish they didn’t feel it, some even think it doesn’t ...

    • Author: Olivaw
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Bitey and mean

    Damn robot dogs man. I swear it was a good idea at the time. I just wanted to have some one to pet and love you know? Thought it would be like those little robo-dogs that were all the rage back in the day. But noooo. They were mean little buggers. The ...

  • The Other Side

    “I’m sure you have a lot of questions, for which I have answers. Right now, I need to get you out of here.” The pair made their way to the roof where a contraption that looked like a cross between a car and a helicopter waited. “...

    • Author: MKR
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
  • The Rec-Center

    Covered in a fine layer of dust, a vaguely humanoid shaped automaton stands, bolted to the floor of one of the many rooms inside the local Rec-Center. Sensing noises from within the facility, the robot’s optic sensors open with a small click, it ...

    • Author: Tommy T.H.
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 3 out of 5
  • HOLY SHIT, ZOMBOTS (Mature)

    Nothing fucking matters anymore. You? Me? Hell, no. This house, your wife, your kids? Fuck, no. They’re fucking dead, man, and I’ll tell you why: it’s the Zombots. Yeah, that’s right. Zombie robots. Shit my balls, right? You wou...

    • Author: Shorty
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • An Excerpt from "On the most magnificent Force of ELECTRICITY"

    …The most magnificent Force of ELECTRICITY was accidentally Discovered in 1883, by the great LORD ENGINEERS Tesla and Edison. As our History makes it clear, the Importance of ELECTRICITY was Such that daily Life was no longer the Same after its A...

    • Author: Sz Park
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • My Evil Roomba

    I admit it. I’m a sucker for the latest gadgets. When the retail box store down the street opened, I was first in line. As I entered, I saw it! Mesmerized by the shiny display model, I knew I had to have it… the Roomba XS-2000. The box said it prom...

    • Author: MichaelL
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
  • The Winter Generation Revolting

    We boarded the Armada as merchants and farmers. We landed on the islands of the super-rich as soldiers. The Sentry-bots were programmed to ward off stay thieves and shot tranquilizers into anyone acting a leader. An effective strategy to rid the island...

  • Malfunctioning

    “Hello my name is—Hello my name is—Hello my name—name—name—is—is—is” Leon sighed heavily, squeezing the intersection of his eyes and nose with his fingers. “Sir! Unit 37K is malfunctioning aga...