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THE AUTOMATIC BRIDGET (1889): ANCIENT SCIENCE FICTION

female robotTHE AUTOMATIC BRIDGET (1889) – Written by Howard Fielding (pen name of Charles Witherle Hooke). This was an early short story about a robot run amok.

A roving con man has been driven out of town after being exposed as a phony psychic. He hits a new town and poses as a wealthy New York City entrepreneur. While running this scam he cultivates a “friendship” with a farmer who confides in him that his late brother Jotham had invented a machine in the form of a woman. Continue reading

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