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Argh I've tried googling every variation possible!! Please help if you can :(
I'm trying to find a book that I read ages ago (and have subsequently misplaced) that seems impossible to find because it has a robot in it and there are so many.
It was a short book that was definitely very old, I got it in a 2nd hand bookstore for like $2. As time goes on, I remember less of the story but this is what I've retained thus far:
There is one robot in this story, who has a bomb set up inside (I don't think it knows). The premise was that this crew of people were on a spaceship, en route to an abandoned moon or something to safely dismantle or destroy this robot but they had to do it without the robot finding out. The protagonist was a male who had a crush on the female scientist or doctor, who had red-hair. The lady was very close with the robot- they had been friends for a long time or something.
The robot of course soon enough realises what is happening and things start getting strange (like, people start dying or something? unsure). One part I vividly remember is the protagonist looking for the lady and he hears her voice outside (they'd landed somewhere... snowy...) so he goes out and you see that the robot had imitated her voice and tricked him.
That's all I remember :'( I've tried googling all sorts of things but there's just so many other robot books that pop up instead and it can't have been a hugely famous book or else it would have come up. I have no idea who wrote it and I can't remember the title. I have searched for this book for years with no luck, so if anyone on here has any idea then that'd be great :) I'm sorry it's so vague but it is all I can remember!
Would it have been a book by itself though? If it was a short story that was possibly part of a series or related group then I would have read the rest :) This was definitely it's own story. As an example- it was the same size as a book like Syzygy by Michael G. Coney
Sometimes looking through the publication history can help remind you of an anthology title you once read, but I don't see the story publishing as an independent work -- it's quite short; the PDF I found online was only ten pages:
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ETA: Yes, what >8 MarthaJeanne: said!
The story is free at Project Gutenberg.
Glad you found it.
Meet Mike the Angel. Full name: Michael Raphael Gabriel. (His mother had tagged that on him at the time of his baptism, which had made his father wince in anticipated compassion, but there had been nothing for him to say—not in the middle of the ceremony.)
Naturally, he had been tagged “Mike the Angel.” Six feet seven. Two hundred sixty pounds. Thirty-four years of age. Hair: golden yellow. Eyes: deep blue. Cash value of holdings: well into eight figures. Credit: almost unlimited. Marital status: highly eligible, if the right woman could tackle him.
I don't trust my memories of books I read a lot more recently that that! Rereading a lot of Asimov this year that I first read in the 70s is showing me that either the books have changed or I've gotten a lot pickier about my science fiction. Is it age? Have the other books really gotten a lot better? But I still enjoy reading older books. I just don't take them very seriously any more.