a robot or other artificial being made to resemble a human, esp. one made of synthetic flesh or a fleshlike material (in contrast to metal, plastic, etc.)
The traffic that brought him such enormous wealth was the production and sale of androids…. [He] had come upon the secret of synthetic life. He generated artificial cells, and propagated them in nutrient media, controlling development by radiological and biochemical means.
Cometeers in Astounding Science-Fiction Aug. 146/2
It was a manlike figure, but one whose body was rubbery, boneless-looking, blank-white in color…. Following this rubbery android, or synthetic man, came another figure, equally as strange—a great metal robot.
Captain Future & Space Emperor in Captain Future Winter 17/2
‘I am not a machine,’ the android answered. ‘The robot is a machine. The android is a chemical creation of synthetic tissue.’
Fondly Fahrenheit in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Aug. 6
Robots, of course—or androids, to give them their proper names. Brilliant ones. You couldn’t tell the difference unless you looked too close.
Didn’t He Ramble in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Apr. 125/1
One episode in the first season called for a seven-foot-tall android.
in S. E. Whitfield & G. Roddenberry Making of ‘Star Trek’ v. 352
He’s an android, complete with metal brainworks, programmed in a rarified atmosphere.
Ship who Sang (1991) v.175
I suppose there’s no mistake…Androids, doubles, imposters, illusions.
Price of Phoenix (1985) ii. 13
An android duplicate. Clones. Clones, hell, maybe he had a twin brother.
Entropy Effect iii. 86
At last he came to a momentous decision and called for his psychiatric android.
Dramocles (1984) 11
Standing outside the field, staring at the Guardian, was an android.
Imzadi i. 7
I was pretty sure he wasn’t an Earth-made android, but the suspicion never passed completely.
Moving Mars 134
When even an android reacted to his impatience, he knew he had gone too far.
Spectre ii. 22
Then it spoke, in stilted but correct Standard, in a smoky contrived alto that made me flinch. ‘I am Helen,’ the android said. ‘The distress signal—yes. There is a distress signal. And there are casualties. Please, come with me.’
Machine iii. 34
Jack Williamson, in Astounding
Research HistoryBen Ostrowsky submitted a 2020 cite from Elizabeth Bear.
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