Stories tagged “robots”

  • Battle Hymn

    I don’t know if you know this, our machine overlords, but leaves make a satisfied sound when you walk on them, and most of our reproduction is accidental.

    • Author: T. N. Ted
    • Posted almost 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Rise of the Robots

    “Stupid,” whispered Lonheim while hiding behind an overturned table. “Stupid, stupid, stupid.” Clutching his pulse rifle, Lonheim tried to hold his breath and listen to what happened outside the room. He heard clanking sounds, b...

    • Author: Alotar
    • Posted almost 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Mercy

    The war of humans against machines, the same old story that science fiction authors always loved to write about, the war I fought. Thankfully, in this version of the story, we were winning. We had just taken another hill, and my squad was moving in thr...

    • Author: DredZed
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Artifacts

    The silver drone looked like a sleeping porcupine, festooned with bent antennae and cracked satellite dishes. In this eternal night beyond the static of life and stars, she can outrun the transmissions. Faster than light, faster than history. And it is...

  • A Farmer

    I looked up at the sky above me, and watched the dark clouds swirl around. At first, they had no pattern, but I knew what was lurking in them. Or I should say who was lurking in them. Back when my great-great-great-great grandparents were young, they t...

  • I am a robot?

    The corn is exactly 1.6 meters high with a variance of 12 centimeters. The potatoes will rot if it rains consistently for the next 3.5 weeks.I have exactly 509,201 hats, each one for a specific day of my life. Life was so much simpler before the robots...

  • In Space No One Can Hear You Fix a Station, but They Can See You

    The liquid hydrocarbons were coming down in sheets, but such was the climate on Titan. The dim glow that diffused through the methane fog as if it were possessed by an etherial demon was amplified somewhat by the lights on the outside of the building. ...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • A Thorn in Saturn's Side

    Antonio spoke. “Those old tourist stations were powered with fusion engines. Our initial views from the ‘scopes identified it as an old DoubleTree. They had a contract with Pratt & Whitney to build the engines. Those things’ll las...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Time Is No Place For Artificial Intelligence (Mature)

    Numbers and information appeared across its HUD, alerting it to a survivor. It turned its head flawlessly and leapt over one hundred feet, landing in front of the survivor. It cocked its head, a strange bug its creators never quite fixed, and looked at...

  • Hunger Pain

    The natives are restless. So am I. It’s closing time at the Starlight and as usual Tom is taking his sweet time picking a meal. It took me three seconds and I’m the most indecisive person I know. Check that. Tom is way worse. “You’re options ar...

    • Author: Scott K
    • Posted about 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Quintessential Pickup

    “You sure you’re up to this?” James asked. “I can take the wheel if you want.” “Not yet,” Sera growled. “Got something else for you to do.” A section of the cab roof slid back, and the seat back sli...

  • I thought it was a Raptor, not an Explorer.

    James clambered up, awkwardly attempting to maintain his balance as he clambered up, one hand on the roof’s edge and one clasping the heavy rifle. Steadying himself with one leg against the dashboard, he hauled the weapon up and heaved it into th...

    • Author: Cossy
    • Posted almost 9 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Cab Over

    Time seemed to slow down as James looked “up” and watched the ground rotate into place above him and then begin lowering. He just had time to wonder if there would even be enough left of him to scan into a robot, when a jarring impact stopp...

  • It's a Gun's Life

    And as if being turned into the gun of a robot that used to be my car wasn’t bad enough, when my captor was assigned guard duty at a refinery it was even worse. It wasn’t a petroleum refinery. They would herd people into small cells with me...

  • Trigger Event

    There was plenty of fighting. I was fired a lot. I did my best to try to hold my fire, or miss, or whatever, but like I said, it only used my brain. The part of it that processed visuals, I guess. As long as I could see, he could shoot at what I was se...

  • Gun Body

    After the fight was over, she took me away from the fighting, back to the Aegis base, sending me reassuring thoughts through our link as she went. She almost didn’t need to; I was happy enough no longer to be under the control of that nut case th...

  • In Case Of A Musical

    “In Case of a Musical” is a heart warming documentary of how one small town joined together to re-create a 1960s musical experience in their little Utahan town. “In Case of a Musical” was shot over several generations beginning ...

  • Aegis Imprisoned

    \\boot sequence initiated The last thing I remembered before waking up then was a rocket launcher exploding in my face. And even now, I couldn’t see much; it almost looked to be a rather archaic command line interface. I couldn’t move…...

    • Author: Asuterisuku
    • Posted almost 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Man I Feel Like a Robot

    I took my first steps in my new body, then turned to look at my robot savior. “Thank you,” I whispered. “You’re all right now?” she asked. “More than all right. It’s like you’ve given me my life back.R...

  • Partnership of the Gun

    “My future?” I asked. She nodded, kneeling down to speak to me face to face. “I can probably get you assigned to another robot body, if you want. A car, like mine, or a motorcycle.” I shook my head, the servos making little whir...

  • The missing apparatus.

    Back at Gore, the humming of machinery hard at work wasn’t the only thing to be heard. There was a loud announcement coming over the main system’s speakers, “All robots please report to home base, secure positions, speed up attack simulat...

    • Author: Kat Peters
    • Posted almost 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Mechanical Stars

    The sound of screeching machinery echoes in the vast emptiness that is suburban winter. The stars have forsaken the sky and the night is left dark and cold. Shadows under the streetlight show themselves to be large and mechanical—robots. They see...

  • A Symptom of the Times

    My men worked in plastic ponchos, taking pictures and uploading them to the central database. The thin material didn’t keep the rain out, it just slowed it down. By now everyone was uncomfortable- bordering on miserable. A black sedan pulled up t...

  • Mechanical Stars II

    The noises stop and the sun smothers the moon. The girl wakes, thinking last night was a dream. The door shuts with a bang. The air is cold and sinks into her bones as she walks. The railroad tracks are bent, broken. There is a figure, in the distance....