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Best Robot Love Stories

The Wired Magazine has a run down of the top 10 science fiction love stories. They range from the newly released Wall-E to the Classic Blade Runner to Japanese Surrealist movie I.K.U Conspicuously missing was Steven Spielberg’s Artificial Intelligence. While I was not surprised to see the inclusion of somewhat complicated relationship between Gaius Baltar and Caprica Six, I just that they should have waited a bit for this since the relationship between the too is bound to get even more complicated as Six seem to have something going on with Colonel Tigh. Anyway check out the compete article at Wired. By the way the first sentence is really catchy.

When cute trash compactor Wall-E first lays eyes on Eve, a flying, laser-gun-equipped fembot, it’s binary love at first pixel.

Thanks to Hulleye Comes By for the pointer.

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My Living Doll

Back in the 1960s there was a TV show, My Living Doll, about a psychologist who takes care of a sexy female robot Rhonda, played by Julie Newmar. The gynoid is created by a military scientist Dr. Miller who gets transferred to Pakistan but before leaving he gives the gynoid to his friend Bob Macdonald whose Job is to educate the female robot. Bob has to do this while maintaining secrecy regarding the identity of the robot and also making sure that his neighbor keep away from her. Wikipedia notes that “According to The Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang, My Living Doll is the source of the science fiction phrase “Does not compute” in popular culture.” This was one of the earliest shows which (implicitly) explored theme of sexuality between a gynoid and humans. The show lasted only one season although it seemed to have a lot going for it. The main problem was that it was up against Bonanza which had the same timeslot. In a way number six of Battlestar Galactica is the descendant of Rhonda, metaphorically speaking of course.


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