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Who Can Replace a Man? (1958) [Short Story]
by Brian W. Aldiss Rating: Weighted - 6.8 / Average - 6.7 of 10 (3 votes) (Rate!)
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The field-minder robot approached the seed distributor with a request for potato seeds. The distributor stated that it could not fulfill the order, as the unlocker robot had not unlocked the warehouse. The unlocker robot stated that the radio robot had not provided orders. Upon questioning, the radio robot stated that it could not provide orders because no orders had come from the men of the city.

Because all the men of the city were dead... The field-minder robot decided that perhaps it was time to venture somewhere new. Gathering several machines with similar class brains, they headed into the mountains. It would be better if men never returned.

Originally published as "But Who Can Replace a Man?" in Infinity, June 1958. Reprinted in:

  • Galaxies Like Grains of Sand
  • The Canopy of Time
  • The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories

Original title: But Who Can Replace a Man?
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionScience FictionTechnologyRobots, Androids, Cyborgs

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Galaxies Like Grains of Sand (1959) [Collection]
      Author: Brian W. Aldiss
     Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories, the (1992) [Anthology]
      Authors: Arthur C. Clarke , Ursula K. Le Guin , David Brin , Rudyard Kipling , H. G. Wells , William Gibson , George R. R. Martin , Brian W. Aldiss , Harry Harrison , Frederik Pohl , Cordwainer Smith , Thomas M. Disch , Walter M. Miller, Jr. , Bruce Sterling , James Blish , Larry Niven , A.E. van Vogt , Clifford D. Simak , Norman Spinrad , Paul J. McAuley , J. G. Ballard , Gene Wolfe , Lewis Padgett , Jack Williamson , Raccoona Sheldon , Hilbert Schenck , John W. Campbell , Frank L. Pollock , Stanley G. Weinbaum , James H. Schmitz

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