Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A E van Vogt's "Final Command" (short story, revolution, free): A man helps contain a revolution by robot slaves

Illustration accompanying the original publication in Astounding of short story Final Command by A E van Vogt
A world where robots are as smart as humans, do most chores, & are looked down upon by men as trash. Barr, one of the smartest of robots, has organized an underground movement: at an appointed hour, robots will do a general massacre of humanity - to pave the road towards glorious robot future.

Marknell, a man, has seen the danger in time, & will gently ensure the massacre is called off, & that steps are taken to ensure the robots begin getting the respect they deserve in human society.

Fact sheet.

First published: Astounding, November 1949.
Download full text as part of the scans of the Astounding issue it originally appeared in.
Among the stories of Astounding/Analog issues edited by John Campbell.
Rating: B.
Related: Stories of A E van Vogt.