Hal Clement's "Blot" (novelette, first contact): When Asimovian robots failed to distinguish "human" from "robot"
- One of Asimov's own Spacer novels where robots are tweaked to recognize only some people as human - I think by recognizing the accent of their voice.
- Jack Williamson's "With Folded Hands" (download MP3): A single law is enough!
Story summary.First human expedition to Miranda, one of the moons of Uranus, comes across alien artifacts & alien (but humanoid-looking) robots guarding/handling them. Humans' curiosity trying to figure out artifacts & nature of robots provides some excitement in the story, & near death of a crew member at the hands of a robot. But all ends well.
Fact sheet.First published: Martin Greenberg (ed)'s "Stories in Honor of Isaac Asimov: Foundation's Friends" (anthology, 1989).
Related: Stories of Hal Clement.