Looking for a great robot story to read? Here are 18 of my favorite science fiction short stories about robots.
We all know Isaac Asimov is great at writing about robots, but there are loads of good robot stories out there that were written by other authors. Over the past 3 1/2 years I have read some really good stories involving robots so I thought I would share my favorites with you. Let me know what you think.
Here is the list – sorted alphabetically by title: (click the titles to see a more detailed review of the stories and where you can read them)
- Ancient Engines by Michael Swanwick – could a robot really live until the end of the universe?
- Apologies All Around by Jeff Soesbe – an apologizing telegram.
- Article of Faith by Mike Resnick – a robotic janitor wants to join the local parish.
- Eros, Philia, Agape by Rachel Swirsky – robotic divorce hurts too.
- Exhalation by Ted Chiang – air powered mechanical robot makes a startling discovery.
- Farewell to the Master by Harry Bates – giant, unmoving robot frightens Washington D.C.
- Galatea’s Stepchildren by Sam S. Kepfield – the robot slaves must be freed!
- Helen O’Loy by Lester del Rey – a very life-like robotic house keeper.
- I, Row-Boat by Cory Doctorow – a sentient boat that is a practitioner of Asimovism.
- Little Lost Robot by Paul McAuley – giant robot must destroy all civilization.
- Marionettes, Inc. by Ray Bradbury – identical robots allow husbands some time off.
- Orbiter’s Reward by Greg Wickenhofer – an overly helpful scrap metal collector.
- Second Variety by Philip K. Dick – a Cold War team-up tries to eliminate robotic killing machines.
- Seven Sexy Cowboy Robots by Sandra McDonald – 7 ice skating settlement robots.
- The Best Christmas Ever by James Patrick Kelly – robots throw a Christmas party for the last man on Earth.
- The Dyslexicon by Carl Frederick – a dyslexic robot tries to prove his worth.
- The Reluctant Weapon by Howard L. Myers – ancient weapon wants to live in peace – regardless of puny humans.
- The Robot Whisperer by Brian C. Baer – depressed robot needs help.