Religious Groups in Literature

34,420 citations from literature (mostly science fiction and fantasy) referring to real churches, religious groups, tribes, etc. [This database is for literary research only. It is not intended as a source of information about religion.]


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Group Where Year Source Quote/
artificial intelligence New York: Westchester County 1984 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 21: "Slumber Party ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Nov. 1984); pg. 24. Sam's thoughts, as he encounters Warlock for the first time: "This ought'a slow the critter down some. What th' devil is he, anyway?! Some kinda robot?! His basic form is humanoid, but his features're malleable--they keep changin' from moment t' moment. "
artificial intelligence New York: Westchester County 1986 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 38: "Aftermath ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Apr. 1986); pg. 1. Magneto's thoughts, as he dreams about observing a Danger Room session: "Yet even as I scream my denials, my students race headlong into battle with a horde of Sentinels--giant robots built by humans to kill mutants, even these children... " [More, pg. 1-2.]
artificial intelligence New York: Westchester County 2013 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 48: "Ashes of the Heart ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Feb. 1987); pg. 3. Sentinel 1: "Anomaly! Central records lists all four subjects as successfully terminated. "; Sentinel 2: "Evident error in master file. Subjects exist. Therefore termination was unsuccessful. All units--patrol force Lambda--full primary programming. "; Amara/Magma: "By Hecate--what are they?! "; Wolfsbane: "Sentinels! Giant mutant-hunting robots. The soulless, godless spaleen! "; Amara: "From the way they're talking--they mean to kill us! " [Sentinels are a primary antagonist of this issue. Many other refs., not in DB.]
artificial intelligence North Carolina: Greensboro 2127 Card, Orson Scott. Shadow of the Hegemon. New York: Tor (2001); pg. 164. "'...I think sometimes Peter wishes he had been raised by robots.' "
artificial intelligence Norway 2002 Millar, Mark. Ultimates Vol. 1: Super-Human. New York: Marvel Comics Group (2002) [Graphic novel reprint of The Ultimates #1-6]; pg. Chap. 4, pg. 11. Thor: "These powers are neither mutant nor machine, human. If a demonstration from Mjolnir is what you require then I shall happily oblige. "
artificial intelligence Oregon 2011 Brin, David. The Postman. New York: Bantam (1985); pg. 126. "Still, there was a faint hum of electricity on all sides as white-coated techs carted equipment to and fro. Against every well was stacked tribute from the surrounding towns and hamlets--payment for the benign guidance of Cyclops.

More machinerey of all kinds--plus a small tithe of food and clothing for Cyclop's human helpers--came in every day. And yet, from all Godon had herd, this salvage was easly spared by the people of the valley. After all, what use had they for the old machines, anyway?

No wonder there were no complaints of a 'tyranny by machine.' The supercomputer's price was easily met. And in exchange, the valley had its Solomon--and perhaps a Moses to lead them out of this wilderness. " [Many other refs. to Cyclops, a supercomputer apparently dispensing wisdom for this community. Most refs. not in DB.]

artificial intelligence Oregon 2011 Brin, David. The Postman. New York: Bantam (1985); pg. 131. "The foyer of the House of Cyclops--once the OSU Artificial Intelligence Laboratory--was a striking reminder of a more elegant era. The gold carpet was freshly facuumed and only slightly frayed. Bright fluorescents shone on fine furniture in the paneled lobby, where peasants and officials from villages as far as forty miles away nervously twisted rolled-up petitions as they waited for their brief interviews with the great machine.

... At last, the pretty receptionist... motioned them through the doors at the end of the foyer. As Gordon and his guide passed down the long hallway to the interview chamber, two men approached from the other end. One was a Servant of Cyclops, wearing the familiar black-trimmed white coast. The other--a citizen...--frowned over a long sheet of computer printout.

'I'm still not sure I understand, Dr. Grober. Is Cyclops sayin' we dig the well near the north hollow or not? His answer isn't any too clear, if you ask me.' "

artificial intelligence Proton 2980 Anthony, Piers. Split Infinity. New York: Ballantine (1980); pg. 18. "How strong was her programmed wish? What form would her objection take, when pressed? It was a popular fable that robots could not harm human beings, but Stile knew better. All robots of Proton were prohibited from harming Citizens, or acting contrary to Citizens' expressed intent, or acting in any manner that might conceivably be deleterious to the welfare of any Citizen--but there were no strictures about serfs. Normally robots did not bother people, but this was because robots simply did not care about people. If a serf interfered with a robot in the performance of its assignment, that man could get hurt. " [Many other refs. to robots throughout novel, not in DB.]
artificial intelligence Proton 2980 Anthony, Piers. Split Infinity. New York: Ballantine (1980); pg. 19. "Robots varied in physical abilities, as they did in intellectual ones; it depended on their intended use and the degree of technology applied. This one seeped to be of top-line sophistication; that could mean she imitated the human form and nature so perfectly she had no more strength than a real girl would have. But there was no guarantee. "
artificial intelligence Proton 2981 Anthony, Piers. Blue Adept. New York: Ballantine (1981) [Book jacket:] "Stile had the best of two worlds from which to choose... On Proton, a world of future science, he was a serf, owned by a fabulously rich Citizen and employed to play in the Games... There, an attack on him had been averted only by the help of Sheen--a lovely robot... " [Many refs. to robots, not in DB.]
artificial intelligence Proton 2981 Anthony, Piers. Blue Adept. New York: Ballantine (1981); pg. 46. "The robot, of course, did not assimilate the humor. Robots came in many types and levels, and this one was relatively unsophisticated. It had no consciousness feedback circuits. It walked to the wall, looking completely human; it bothered Stile to realize that this was exactly the way he looked to others, so small and nondescript. The robot opened a panel and stepped into the closet-aperture behind. In a moment it was out of sight and deactivated.

Stile was reminded of the golem that had impersonated him, or rather, impersonated his alternate self the Blue Adept... What was the difference, really, between a golem and a humanoid robot? One was activated by magic, the other by science. There were more parallels between these two frames than geographical! "

artificial intelligence Proton 2981 Anthony, Piers. Blue Adept. New York: Ballantine (1981); pg. 129. "'If the citizens knew that some robots are self-willed--'

'You have something against self-willed robots?' she asked archly.

'You know, at times I almost forget that you yourself are a robot. I don't see how you could be much better in the flesh.'

'All the same, I wish I were in the flesh,' she said sadly. 'You can never truly love me. Even if you were to win the Tourney and become a Citizen... you would never really be mine.'

...'Promise me that if you ever give this mistress up permanently, you'll have me junked, put out of consciousness. I don't mean just reprogramming or deactivating me; destroy my computer brain. You know how to do it. Don't let me suffer alone.' "

artificial intelligence Proton 2987 Anthony, Piers. Out of Phaze. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1987); pg. 15. "Mach became more interested as his circuits grappled with the shift of concept. He had never interacted this closely with a humanoid alien before. The experimental community consisted of human beings, robots, androids and cyborgs, all in perfect human form, and in the course of the past year there had been a number of changes as individuals were shifted from one city to another. The purpose was to create a new, egalitarian society in which no serfs were ghettoized. " [Many other refs., not in DB.]
artificial intelligence Proton 2987 Anthony, Piers. Out of Phaze. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1987); pg. 21. "'...A Citizen can confer an inheritance of his position on a designated heir, the new Citizen to exist when the old Citizen dies or abdicates. It is understood that when my father dies, I will assume his Citizen status, and he perhaps the first robot Citizen. But there is doubt that this will come to pass, because the Council of Citizens may succeed in outlawing such accession...
artificial intelligence Proton 2990 Anthony, Piers. Phaze Doubt. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1990); pg. 12. Pg. 12: "He smiled. 'There must be a misunderstanding. I did not have schooling. I am an android.'

She stared at him momentarily, startled. 'You're joking!'

'My humor is limited, as it is in all my kind. My body was generated in the laboratory.'

'But androids are, well, not smart. You don't talk at all like that!'

'Perhaps that is because my brain is fully organic. It was taken from a living creature and implanted in the android body, in the manner of a cyborg. I was pre-educated in the laboratory, so my only challenge was learning to use the body.'

'That's fascinating!' she said. 'I never heard of an android cyborg!'

'So as you understand, I am not in your class, not being a proper man. I have existed in this form only two years.' ";

Pg. 13: "'We are all equal, on Proton: humans, robots, cyborgs, androids, and aliens. All naked, too; will you be able to handle that?' " [Many other refs. throughout novel, not in DB.]

artificial intelligence Realm 1984 Bear, Greg. "Book One: The Infinity Concerto " (c. 1984, substantially rewritten for this edition) in Songs of Earth & Power. New York: Tor (1996; 1st ed. 1994); pg. 233. "Michael's attention was distracted by strange robotic figures entering the room. They wore black robes and stood no more than four feet high, slender, with neutral stylized polished gold faces suggesting neither male nor female. Their hands gestured gracefully, fingers jointed and supple.

Whether they were robots or something else, Michael couldn't decide... " [More.]

artificial intelligence Solar System 2000 Asimov, Isaac & Robert Silverberg. The Positronic Man. New York: Doubleday (1992); pg. 8. "The aim of those pioneers had been to create robots capable of taking up many of the dreary burdens that human beings had for so long been compelled to bear. And that was part of the problem that the roboticists faced, in those dawning days of the science of artificial life in the Twentieth Century and early in the Twenty-First: the unwillingness of a great many human beings to surrender those burdens to mechanical substitutes. Because of that unwillingness, strict laws had been passed in virtually every country--the world was still broken up into a multitude of nations, then--against the use of robot labor on Earth. "
artificial intelligence Solar System 2001 Clarke, Arthur C. 2001: A Space Odyssey. New York: New American Library (1969; c. 1968); pg. 95. "The sixth member of the crew cared for none of these things, for it was not human. It was the highly advanced HAL 9000 computer, the brain and nervous system of the ship.

Hal (for Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer, no less) was a masterwork of the third computer breakthrough. These seemed to occur at intervals of twenty years, and the thought that another one was now imminent already worried a great many people. " [Refs. throughout much of novel to HAL, the computer that is a central character in the novel, and one of the most famous AIs in the history of science fiction.]

artificial intelligence Solar System 2007 Asimov, Isaac & Robert Silverberg. The Positronic Man. New York: Doubleday (1992); pg. 8. "By the year 2007 they [robots] had been banned entirely everywhere on the planet, except for scientific research under carefully controlled conditions. Robots could be sent into space, yes, to the ever-multiplying industrial factories and exploratory stations off Earth; let them cope with the miseries of frigid Ganymede and torrid Mercury, let them put up with the inconveniences of scrabbling around on the surface of Luna, let them run the bewildering risks of the early Jump experiments that would eventually give mankind the hyperspace road to the stars.

But robots in free and general use on Earth--occupying precious slots in the labor force that would otherwise be available for naturally-born flesh-and-blood human beings--no! No! No robots wanted around here!

Well, that had eventually begun to change, of course... "

artificial intelligence Solar System 2010 Clarke, Arthur C. 2010: Odyssey Two. New York: Ballantine (1982); pg. 172. "and diagnostic programs flashed through Hal's circuits at billions of bits a second, pinpointing possible malfunctions and correcting them. Though most of these programs had been tested in advance on Hal's twin, SAL 9000, the impossibility of a real-time dialog between the two computers was a serious handicap. " [Many other refs. not in DB.]
artificial intelligence Solar System 2011 Baxter, Stephen. Manifold: Time. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 172. Pg. 172: "'You're well aware that the firefly robots have been restricted to a small are around the Nautilus...' "; Pg. 174: So Sheena [the squid], under instruction from Dan, wen to work. Under her guidance the firefly robots began to assemble new engines, new flows of material. " [Some other refs. to robots and A.I.s, but not extensive. One of the key plot points of novel is that A.I.s have been deemed unsuitable for piloting a mission to a near-Earth asteroid, which is why a genetically enhanced squid is used instead.]
artificial intelligence Solar System 2011 Baxter, Stephen. Manifold: Time. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 105. "Then she [Sheena 5, the intelligent squid] had seen something moving, outside the membrane. She cowered, flashing signals of false threat and concealment, thinking it was some deep-space predator.

It was no predator. It was just a box that squirted back and forth, emitting gentle little farts of glittering crystals. It was putting a patch over the hole.

Dan told her it was a firefly robot, a smart little box with its own power supply and fuel and miniaturized machinery and cameras and machine intelligence. The ship carried a shoal of these small craft for external inspection and repairs like this.

But the little craft's life was limited, intended for a single use only, and it could achieve only one thing, which was to fix the membrane--unlike Sheena, who could do many different things. When its job was done, its fuel extended, the craft neatly folded away its tool-bearing arms and used the last breath of its fuel to push itself away from the ship. "

artificial intelligence Solar System 2019 Asimov, Isaac. "Reason " in The Complete Robot. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1982; c. 1941); pg. 227. [Year est.] "These robots possessed peculiar brains. Oh, the three Laws of Robotics held. They had to. All of U. S. Robots, from Robertson himself to the new floor-sweeper would insist on that. So QT-1 was safe! And yet--the QT models were the first of their kind, and this was the first of the QT's. Mathematical squiggles on paper were not always the most comforting protection against robotic fact. " [Other refs. throughout story, not in DB.]
artificial intelligence Solar System 2030 Asimov, Isaac. "Liar! " in The Complete Robot. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1982; c. 1941); pg. 268. [Year est.] "'Ever since the Interplanetary Code was modified to allow robot models to be tested in the plants before being shipped out to space, anti-robot propaganda has increased. If any word leaks out about a robot being able to read minds before we can announce complete control of the phenomenon, pretty effective capital could be made out of it.' " [Other refs. throughout story, not in DB.]
artificial intelligence Solar System 2033 Asimov, Isaac. "Little Lost Robot " in The Complete Robot. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1982; c. 1947); pg. 351. [Year est.] "'I would like to explain that bid. I hadn't been aware that Dr. Calvin was unacquainted with the situation. I needn't tell you, Dr. Calvin, that there has always been strong opposition to robots on the Planet. The only defense the government has had against the Fundamentalist radicals in this matter was the fact that robots are always built with an unbreakable First Law--which makes it impossible for them to harm human beings under any circumstance.

'But we had to have robots of a different nature. So just a few of the NS-2 model, the Nestors, that is, were prepared with a modified First Law. To keep it quiet, all NS-2's were manufactured without serial numbers; modified members were delivered here along with a group of normal robots; and, of course, all our kind are under the strictest impressionment never to tell of their modification to unauthorized personnel.' " [Other refs. throughout story, not in DB.]

artificial intelligence Solar System 2050 Benford, Gregory. Jupiter Project. New York: Avon (1998; c. 1980); pg. 93. "...needed a session with the teaching machines... If you can justify the expense, you can get a big slice of the computer's capability assigned to you. Then 'David'--that's what the computer techs call it (or rather, him)--sounds like a genius. You can discuss quantum mechanics, economic theory, stellar exploration, or theology with David and he will give solid, well-researched answers as fast as you can read them. (I tried theology; he said God was one of man's better ideas.) He's a gift from heaven when you're doing a term paper. On the other hand, David has a weak personality and never makes a joke. Machines do have their limitations... " [Other refs., not in DB.]
artificial intelligence Solar System 2075 Anderson, Poul. Genesis. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 19. "'Artificial intelligence' was the name given the qualities of the most advanced systems. Certain of these went into the business of enhancing artificial intelligence. Soon the business was not entirely theirs.

The boy became a man. For a while he adventured on Earth, then he went into space as he had dreamed.

The machines evolved onward. "

artificial intelligence Solar System 2075 Anderson, Poul. Genesis. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 24. "He had often heard such highly developed computers and neural nets, with their programs and databases, called 'brains.' People who worked with one, like Christian--although seldom as intimately as he did--were apt to give it a name and speak of its personal quirks, as other people might speak of a ship or a tool that had served them a long time. "
artificial intelligence Solar System 2075 Asimov, Isaac. "Victory Unintentional " in The Complete Robot. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1982; c. 1942); pg. 77. [Year est.] "Which was natural, because he was built for it. The ZZ robots were the first robots ever turned out by the United States Robots and Mechanical Men Corporation that were not even faintly human in appearance. They were low and squat, with a center of gravity less than a foot above ground level. They had six legs apiece, stumpy and thick, designed to lift tons against two and a half times normal Earth gravity. " [Other refs. throughout story.]
artificial intelligence Solar System 2100 Aldiss, Brian. "III " in Supertoys Last All Summer Long. New York: St. Martin's Griffin (2001); pg. 47. "Many of the best young men and women and androids have been proud to join the San Mondesancto ranks. " [Androids are very minor part of story. Only two brief refs. This brief story is about a company which comes to control the world's atmosphere and water supply, then exploits the resources of other moons and planets in the solar system, driving some species discovered on other spheres, such as Europa, to extinction.]
artificial intelligence Solar System 2179 Sawyer, Robert J. Golden Fleece. New York: Time Warner (1990); pg. 69. [JASON, the intelligent ship computer narrates.] "As others continued to drift in [to the funeral service], I reflected on religion. It was not a purely human foible. Some TenthGens shared the longing for something beyond themselves. And everybody had heard the story about them having to reboot Luna's Brain when it announced that it had been born again. "
artificial intelligence Solar System 2200 Hawke, Simon. The Whims of Creation. New York: Warner Books (1995); pg. 1. Pg. 1: "The great starship spun visibly in orbit as Valentinov turned a simple key... engaging the AI Network. Ulysses felt every emotion of the captain through the VR interface. What was difficult was trying to maintain his own perspective during the powerful VR simulation. "; Pg. 2: "Ulysses watched the visual and the data displays, seeing through the captain's eyes as Artificial Intelligence guided the starship toward the sun; past the Venus terraforming projects... " [Other refs., not in DB.]
artificial intelligence Solar System 2314 Steele, Allen. Chronospace. New York: Ace Books (2001); pg. 30. Pg. 30: "'I checked with the AI. It told me there's a double available on my desk, right across from where I am now...' "; Pg. 31: "then he would have received a warning from the station AI not to interfere with maintenance equipment. " [Other refs., not in DB.]
artificial intelligence Solar System 2324 Cherryh, C. J. Hellburner. New York: Warner (1992); pg. 65. "'...You have an AI-assisted system of hands-off. You have a computer interlock on systems to prevent accidents... The AI-driven autopilot did cut on when it detected a crisis condition in the pilot, which, as I said, was set at 1 second for this test. The AI queried the pilot...' " [More, not in DB.]
artificial intelligence Solar System 2344 Taylor, Jeri. Mosaic (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1996); pg. 49. "Standing at stiff attention next to a Starfleet shuttle was a cadet wearing the uniform of Starfleet Academy. He looked very odd to Kathryn. His skin was a light golden color, and his eyes were pale. She tried not to stare at him. Admiral Finnegan nodded to the cadet as they entered the shuttle.

'We have a very important young gust today, Mr. Data, so make this flight nice and smooth.'

'Yes, sir,' replied the cadet. He had a gentle, soothing voice. Kathryn looked up at him as she passed by, and this time he didn't look so strange. He had an air of imperturbability that was appealing. "

artificial intelligence Solar System 2344 Taylor, Jeri. Mosaic (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1996); pg. 52. "'Then what should I call you?'

'Data would be satisfactory.'

'Data?' Kathryn tried to find a polite way to phrase her next question. 'Is that a common name among your species?'

'I have no species. I am an artificial intelligence, and so far as I know, the only one of my kind.'

Kathryn stared at him. She knew she was being rude, but she could hardly believe her ears. 'Are you saying . . . you're not real?'

'I assure you I am quite real. However, I lack any true biological component. I was constructed and then programmed.' And, to demonstrate, he snapped open a portion of his wrist.

Kathryn almost jumped. Revealed under his skin--skin?--was a mass of circuitry, a complex web of optical fibers and blinking lights. " [Some more refs. to Data, not in DB, in chapter 4. The holographic doctor is also mentioned elsewhere in the novel.]

artificial intelligence Solar System 3001 Clarke, Arthur C. 3001: The Final Odyssey. New York: Ballantine (1997); pg. 64. Pg. 64: "Everything was so beautifully maintained, presumably by armies of robots... "; Pg. 123: "...though he often wished that Danil was still around, to help him with the mechanics of life and to communicate more efficiently with the semi-intelligent devices with which he was surrounded. "; Pg. 154: "Whole volumes of psychology, as well as popular guides (How Not to Hurt Your Computer's Feelings; Artificial Intelligence--Real Irritation were some of the best known titles)... " [Some other refs. not in DB.]
artificial intelligence Solar System 3001 Clarke, Arthur C. 3001: The Final Odyssey. New York: Ballantine (1997); pg. 218. "In the battle of wits between man (seldom woman, despite such role models as Lady Ada Lovelace, Admiral Grace Hopper, and Dr. Susan Calvin) and machine, the machine almost invariably lost. "
artificial intelligence Solaria 4913 Asimov, Isaac. The Naked Sun in The Robot Novels (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Doubleday (c. 1957); pg. 229. "'Thirty million square miles, including marginal areas.'

'For twenty thousand people?'

'There are also some two hundred million working positronic robots, Partner Elijah.'

'Jehosaphat! That's ten thousand robots per human.'

'It is by the highest such ratio among the Outer Worlds, Partner Elijah. The next highest, on Aurora, is only fifty one.'

...Baley thought of all those robots and felt a trifle dizzy. Two hundred million robots! So many among so few humans. The robots must litter the landscape. An observer from without might think Solaria a world of robots altogether and fail to notice the thin human leaven. " [Many refs. to robots throughout novel, other refs. not in DB. One of the two main characters is R. Daneel, a robot.]

artificial intelligence Solomon's Row 2075 Baker, Virginia. "Rachel's Wedding " in Writers of the Future: Volume V (Algis Budrys, ed.). Los Angeles: Bridge Publications (1989); pg. 134. "'The signal--' Barshak said. 'You're programming him! Sara!'

She barely shook her head. 'Not him. The AI.'

...She struck the Enable key.

Barshak stood, watching the worm disappear from the screen. He half expected it to pop up inside the digitized shape of the AI onto the holograph readout of brain and fluid... " [Other refs., not in DB.]

artificial intelligence Spain 2010 Anthony, Patricia. Cold Allies. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1993); pg. 163. "Rita hunkered, her back against the barn wall so she could keep an eye on the blue light and also watch Dix and the robot.

The pair were nestled as close as two peanuts in a shell, and just as happily. The robot had cleared part of the dirt floor, and the two were carrying on an animated conversation, Dix speaking low and the robot responding in writing. " [More, pg. 163-165, 195, etc.]

artificial intelligence Sri Lanka 2160 Clarke, Arthur C. The Fountains of Paradise. New York: Ballantine (1980; 1st ed. 1978); pg. 9. "He was only Special Assistant... for Political Affairs... with a staff that never exceeded ten--eleven, if one included ARISTOTLE [an artificial intelligence]. (His own console still had direct access to Ari's memory and processing banks, and they talked to each other several times a year.)... Without Ari's infallible memory, he could never have kept control of the intricate webs he was sometimes compelled to spin, in order that mankind might live in peace. " [Other refs., not in DB. For example, pg. 120.]; Pg. 294: "It considered again the enigmatic reply given by ARISTOTLE, the entity with which it most easily communicated. " [More on pg. 295, elsewhere.]+K43
artificial intelligence Tennessee 2054 Dick, Philip K. & Ray Nelson. The Ganymede Takeover. New York: Ace Books (1967); pg. 82. Pg. 82: "'Robots one and two--take her out of the restraining jacket.' "; Pg. 162: "'Can you explain,' Marshal Koli demanded, nodding in the direction of the deactivated robot Percy X and what remained of the robot Joan Hiashi that lay side by side in the corner of the room, 'how those two quaint contraptions got here?' " [Other refs., not in DB. It appears that two major characters may have been impersonated by robots, or been robots, but the novel has very little discussion, if any, of artificial intelligence, robots, etc.]
artificial intelligence Tennessee: Memphis 1998 Wood, Crystal. Cut Him Out in Little Stars. Denton, TX: Tattersall Publishing (revised and reprinted 1998; c. 1994); pg. 138. "Casey's filk was sung to the tune of Rick Nelson's 'Travelin' Man':

...Pretty cybernetic lady, part human, part droid, I remember the night
When she let down her guard and put down her sword and lit my circuits bright! " [Some other refs., not in DB. A.I.s and robots are not a major focus of this contemporary s.f. tale that focuses primarily on aliens and fandom.]

artificial intelligence Texas: Dallas 2196 Clarke, Arthur C. & Gentry Lee. Rama II. New York: Bantam (1989); pg. 28. Pg. 28: "...gathered around the robot and the wine. "; Pg. 95: "'...And this young man from The Bard's home town of Stratford-on-Avon does not create these robots as a hobby.' " [Other refs., not in DB.]
artificial intelligence Texas: Houston 2093 Kube-McDowell, Michael. The Quiet Pools. New York: Ace (1990); pg. 3. " Allied Transcon's Houston center... 'Traffic on board,' his watch partner said suddenly as the truck crossed the security threshold. His watch partner was an artificial intelligence personality named Isaac, one of eight personalities making up the center's Sentinel system. "; Pg. 4: "There was little else for him to do, for the silicon reflexes of Sentinel had already taken over. In less than a microsecond, the AIP declared the tanker a threat, activated the gate defenses, and transmitted an alert to corpsec throughout the grounds. " [Many other references to Artificial Intelligences in this book, although AI does not appear to be a central thematic element.]
artificial intelligence Titan 2025 Asimov, Isaac. "First Law " in The Complete Robot. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1982; c. 1956); pg. 205. "Mike Donovan looked at his empty beer mug, felt bored... He said, loudly, 'If we're going to talk about unusual robots, I once knew one that disobeyed the First Law.'

And since that was completely impossible, everyone stopped talking and turned to look at Donovan...

'You mean you knew a robot that harmed a human being?' That was what disobedience to First Law meant, of course.

'In a way,' said Donovan... 'It happened on Titan about ten years ago,' he said, thinking rapidly. 'Yes, it was in twenty-five. We had just recently received a shipment of three new-model robots, specially designed for Titan. They were the first of the MA models. We called them Emma One, Two and Three.' " [Other refs. throughout story, not in DB.]

artificial intelligence Trantor 23008 Asimov, Isaac. Forward the Foundation. New York: Doubleday (1993); pg. 20. "'I'm not sure I want to talk about this, Hari, but I can't let you be fooled by your own innocence.'

'Innocence?' He frowned.

'Yes. We've never talked about this. I never thought it would come up, but Demerzel has shortcomings. He is untouchable, he may not be harmed, and Joranum is indeed a danger to him.'

'Are you serious?'

'Of course I am. You don't understand robots--certainly not one as complex as Demerzel. And I do.'


There was a short silence again, but only because thoughts are silent. Seldon's were tumultuous enough.

Yes, it was true. His wife did seem to have an uncanny knowledge of robots. Hari had wondered about this so often after the years that he had finally given up, tucked it away in the back of his mind. If it hadn't been for Eto Demerzel--a robot--Hari would never have met Dors. For Dors worked for Demerzel... " [Other refs., not in DB.]

artificial intelligence Trantor 23008 Asimov, Isaac. Forward the Foundation. New York: Doubleday (1993); pg. 24. "'He requires minimality, too, doesn't he, Hari? By the First Law of Robotics, a robot can't harm a human being. That is the prime rule for the usual robot, but Demerzel is something quite unusual and for him, the Zeroth Law is a reality and it takes precedence even over the First Law. The Zeroth Law states that a robot can't harm humanity as a whole. But that puts Demerzel into the same bind in which you exist when you labor at psychohistory. Do you see?'

'I'm beginning to.'

'I hope so. If Demerzel has the ability to change minds, he has to do so without brining about the side effects he does not wish--and since he is the Emperor's First Minister, the side effects he must worry about are numerous, indeed.' "

artificial intelligence United Kingdom 1989 Deja, Thomas. "Steel Dogs and Englishmen " in X-Men: Legends (Stan Lee, ed.) New York: Berkley Boulevard (2000); pg. 161. "The plans Cassidy studied were for Sentinels--towering, mutant-hunting robots created years ago by an anthropologist named Bolivar Trask. They'd been re-created several times since by a variety of lunatics who wanted to wipe out mutantkind--the U.S. government being among that number. "; Pg. 169: "'Certainly, you and you unknown friend took notice of the radical redesign I did. The AI has been reworked to be much more manageable, disabling its intuitive processes, which was a problem with previous models. I've altered the protocols in their programming, turning the burning desire to hunt mutants into a dull ache. On the other hand, I have retained much of the mutant recognition software--considering how prevalent mutant vigilantes are these days, I figured it would be a nice selling point.' " [Many other refs., not in DB.]
artificial intelligence United Kingdom 2015 Willis, Connie. "Cat's Paw " in Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. New York: Bantam (1999); pg. 158. Pg. 158: "'...Her father's Lord Alastair Biddle, made his fortune in artificial intelligence. That's how she got interested in primates. They were IA [sic] research subjects...' ";

Pg. 165: "'Lord Alastair is a billionaire?'

'Yes. He made his fortune in AI patents.' "; Pg. 178: "'...She fell in love with one of his AI scientists, Phillip Davidson...' "

artificial intelligence United Kingdom 2030 McAuley, Paul J. Fairyland. New York: Avon Books (1997; c 1995); pg. 6. "The Wizard taught him never to ring clients from a mobile phone--the locations of switched-on mobile phones are constantly updated on lookup tables, microwave junctions are tapped, with AIs patiently listening in for keywords, and anyone within fifteen kilometers can eavesdrop... "
artificial intelligence United Kingdom 2050 Wolfe, Gene. "Slaves of Silver " in Sherlock Holmes Through Time and Space. (Isaac Asimov, ed.) USA: Bluejay Books (1984); pg. 268. "'Done. You realize that these thefts strike at the very fabric of our society, Mr. Street. The old rallying cry, Free markets and free robots, may be a joke now to some, but it has built our civilization. Robots are assembled when the demand for labor exceeds the supply. When supply exceeds demand--that is, in practical terms, when the excess cybercitizens can't make a living--they turn themselves in at the hiring hall, where they're deactivated until they're needed again. If news of these shortages should leak out--' " [Other refs. throughout story, not in DB.]
artificial intelligence United Kingdom 2075 Aldiss, Brian. "Supertoys In Other Seasons " in Supertoys Last All Summer Long. New York: St. Martin's Griffin (2001); pg. 30. "Automatics began slowly to tip the rear platform. A number of obsolete robots, which had long served the public working in the subway system, slid from the back of the truck. They crashed to the ground. The truck scraped the last robot, clinging to the rear board, off on the dump.

One or two of the robots were broken in the fall. One lay on its face, helplessly waving an arm until another mech helped it up. Together they made off into the depths of the rusty aisles.

David ran up to see the excitement. The Dancing Devlins ceased their dance to follow him.

When the other newly arrived robots had gone, one still remained. It sat in the dirt shooting its arms back and forth in a prescribed manner. " [Refs. to robots throughout story. It is the central theme, and the main character is 'David,' a robotic, synthetic boy.]

artificial intelligence United Kingdom 2075 Aldiss, Brian. "Supertoys Last All Summer Long " in Supertoys Last All Summer Long. New York: St. Martin's Griffin (2001; c. 1969); pg. 3. [Note: This is the short story upon which the year 2001 Stanley Kubrick/Steven Spielberg film "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence " was based. The entire story is about artificial intelligence, primarily about an A.I. robot in the form of a boy who does not know he is a robot.] "'Today marks a real breakthrough for the company. It is now almost ten years since we put our first synthetic life-forms on the world market. You all know what a success they have been, particularly the miniature dinosaurs. But none of them had intelligence... Today, we launch an intelligent synthetic life-form -- a full-size serving-man. Not only does he have intelligence, he has a controlled amount of intelligence...' "
artificial intelligence United Kingdom 2075 Aldiss, Brian. "Supertoys When Winter Comes " in Supertoys Last All Summer Long. New York: St. Martin's Griffin (2001); pg. 13. "The synthetic serving man hobbled forward from his alcove and enquired gravely if there was anything he could get her... Henry Swinton had recently equipped the serving-man with an update. It had affected his walking skills, which were now less certain. It made him appear quite realistically as an older man, and so had not been corrected. He now spoke in a more human way, and Monica liked him better....'...will make Synthmania the biggest synthetics company on the planet, bigger than anything in Japan or the States.' " [Refs. to A.I., robots, etc. throughout story.]
artificial intelligence United Kingdom 2075 Aldiss, Brian. "Supertoys When Winter Comes " in Supertoys Last All Summer Long. New York: St. Martin's Griffin (2001); pg. 20. "She turned on him. 'And what do you think you are? You're only a little android yourself!'

As soon as the words were out, she regretted them. But David was emitting a kind of scream, among which words were entangled. 'Not . . . not an android . . . I'm real . . . real like Teddy . . . like you, Mummy . . . only you don't love me . . . my program . . . never loved me . . .' He ran in small circles and, when the words had given out, ran for the stars, still emitting this kind of scream. " [More. Refs. to A.I., robots, etc. throughout story. It is the central theme, and the main character is 'David', a synthetic, robotic boy.]

artificial intelligence United Kingdom: England 2200 Anderson, Poul. Genesis. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 60. "It was as if her England thanked her. The old church rose ahead. The machines that removed the deserted city had kept this relic, restored it, and maintained it. She spied an unobtrusive guardian robot--scarcely needed, as rare as visitors were. Another tended the graveyard. The names on the headstones were weathered into oblivion, yet somehow the headstones remembered. "
artificial intelligence United Kingdom: England 2395 Friedman, Michael Jan. All Good Things . . . (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1994); pg. 42. " inner door swung open--revealing none other than their old colleague, Data. Being an android, he hadn't aged over the years. However, there was a prominent streak of gray on one side of his head--not a natural streak, but one that looked as if a paintbrush had been taken to his head.

...'It's good to see you, Data.'

Picard shook hands with him, too.

'It's been a long time,' he noted.

The android nodded. 'Too long, sir.'... " [Data is a major character in the novel. Other refs., not in DB.]

artificial intelligence United Kingdom: Scotland 2000 Cox, Greg. X-Men & the Avengers: Gamma Quest: Book 3: Friend or Foe?. New York: Berkley Boulevard (2000); pg. 12. "'They're not just Sentinels!' Iron Man announced, his horrified voice electronically amplified. 'They're walking, talking Gamma Bombs--programmed to detonate upon defeat!' " [Many other refs., not in DB.]
artificial intelligence universe 8000000 Asimov, Isaac. "The Last Question " in Nine Tomorrows. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1959; story c. 1956); pg. 186. [Year estimated.] "And yet one of them was unique among them all in being the original Galaxy. One of them had, in its vague and distant past, a period when it was the only Galaxy populated by man. Zee Prime was consumed with curiosity to see this Galaxy and he called out: 'Universal AC! On which Galaxy did mankind originate?'

The Universal AC heard, for on every world and throughout space, it had its receptors ready, and each receptor lead through hyperspace to some unknown point where the Universal AC kept itself aloof. " [The Universal AC is a god-like computer.]

artificial intelligence USA 1946 Martin, George R. R. "Prologue " in Wild Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1986); pg. 1. "Years later, when I saw Michael Rennie come out of that flying saucer in The Day the Earth Stood Still... I've always suspected that it was Tachyon's arrival that gave them the idea for that picture, but you know how Hollywood changes things around. I was there, so I know how it really was... He didn't have a robot, and we didn't shoot him. Considering what happened, maybe we should have, eh? "
artificial intelligence USA 1976 Disch, Thomas M. "The Brave Little Toaster: A Bedtime Story for Small Appliances " in The Best from Fantasy & Science Fiction: 24th Series (Edward L. Ferman, ed.) New York: Charles Scribner's Sons (1982); pg. 272-311. [This story isn't about artificial intelligence in any traditional story sense, but is entirely about small appliances, such as the toaster, vacuum cleaner, radio, etc., who actually are alive and have adventures without their owners' knowledge.]
artificial intelligence USA 1989 Anthony, Patricia. "Belief Systems " in Eating Memories. Woburn, MA: First Books; Baltimore, MD: Old Earth Books (1997; c. 1989); pg. 79. Pg. 79: "Sometimes I slip up and say stuff like that to Mike. I forget that androids have no imagination.

'You're an android,' I tell him.

He looks surprised. 'Why in hell do you think that?'

'I killed somebody to get here [jail]. What'd you do?' ";

Pg. 80: "'How long has it been?' I ask.

'I don't know.'

'If you're an android you know.'

'Maybe I'm not an android. Maybe you are.' " [Other refs., not in DB.]

artificial intelligence USA 1995 Chalker, Jack L. The Cybernetic Walrus (Book One of The Wonderland Gambit). New York: Ballantine (1995); pg. 98. "...and looked like a cross between the little robot head in Short Circuit and a robotic football helmet... " [More.]

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