Advancement in science and technology in our present day lives makes robotics within science fiction all the more real – whether it’s a child toy, an android or an evil legion of robots taking over the planet (think Terminator).

For this blog post, I shall concentrate on robots in the ‘human’ form.[divider]


On  25th January 1921, Karel Capek’s presented R.U.R (Rosumovi Univerzální Roboti). A play featuring cyborg (biological) like robots, who at first seem content to work for humans, but a revolt begins and their rebellion seeks to end humankind.

Sound familiar?

It should, robot forms advancing their intelligence, becoming discontent and destroying the Earth/Mankind seems to be quite a popular plot within science fiction:

[amazon_textlink asin=’0345404475′ text=’Do androids dream of electric sleep’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’michelledunba-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’888e7970-561a-4c22-b196-9114aac6bcad’] by Philip K.Dick (Blade Runner inspiration)

[amazon_textlink asin=’B004ZGOEU2′ text=’The Humanoids’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’michelledunba-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’7ac4a64e-d741-41ca-a410-890bfe986a6f’] by Jack Williamson

[amazon_textlink asin=’B000I9VZKW’ text=’I, Robot’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’michelledunba-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’7575ce22-b104-44c4-a823-e896ff2ed851′] by Issac Asimov

[amazon_textlink asin=’0307740803′ text=’Robopocalypse’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’michelledunba-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’31c9383b-3c23-4a38-b1a3-734e0d56de25′] by Daniel H. Wilson[divider]

Our imagination with regards to these complex robotic automatons doesn’t stop there though. In T.S.Barnett’s [amazon_textlink asin=’B00QFQLUXO’ text=’A Soul’s Worth’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’michelledunba-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’531a84a0-793e-458e-a320-d512f54a2d41′]Warren makes life like automatons within a Victorian London setting and sells them for an ever increasing price. While his ethics slide, his secret lover, Ben, is a ‘moral compass.’ The problem being that his creations aren’t automatons at all but ‘Golems given life by witchcraft – and each one costs a human soul.‘[divider]