android n.

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.)


  • 1936 J. Williamson Cometeers in Astounding Science-Fiction Aug. 146/2 page image Jack Williamson bibliography

    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.

  • 1940 E. Hamilton Captain Future & Space Emperor in Captain Future Winter 17/2 Edmond Hamilton bibliography

    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.

  • 1954 A. Bester Fondly Fahrenheit in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Aug. page image Alfred Bester bibliography

    ‘I am not a machine,’ the android answered. ‘The robot is a machine. The android is a chemical creation of synthetic tissue.’

  • 1957 C. Oliver Didn't He Ramble in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Apr. 125/1 Chad Oliver

    Robots, of course—or androids, to give them their proper names. Brilliant ones. You couldn’t tell the difference unless you looked too close.

  • 1968 S. E. Whitfield in S. E. Whitfield & G. Roddenberry Making of ‘Star Trek’ iv. v. 352 bibliography

    One episode in the first season called for a seven-foot-tall android.

  • 1970 A. McCaffrey Ship who Sang (1991) v.175 Anne McCaffrey

    He’s an android, complete with metal brainworks, programmed in a rarified atmosphere.

  • 1972 J. Blish Star Trek 5 109 James Blish

    These are earlier versions. Jim—she’s an android!

  • 1977 S. Marshak & M. Culbreath Price of Phoenix (1985) ii. 13 Sondra Marshak Myrna Culbreath bibliography

    I suppose there’s no mistake…Androids, doubles, imposters, illusions.

  • 1980 J. C. Haldeman II Perry's Planet x. 81

    It is, I presume, a dead science now, but at the time it dealt with androids.

  • 1981 V. N. McIntyre Entropy Effect iii. 86 Vonda N. McIntyre

    An android duplicate. Clones. Clones, hell, maybe he had a twin brother.

  • 1983 R. Sheckley Dramocles (1984) 11 Robert Sheckley

    At last he came to a momentous decision and called for his psychiatric android.

  • 1989 D. Dvorkin & D. Dvorkin Star Trek: Next Generation: Captains' Honor iii. 58 David Dvorkin Daniel Dvorkin bibliography

    The android hesitated. ‘He did not so specify, sir.’

  • 1992 P. David Imzadi i. 7 Peter David bibliography

    Standing outside the field, staring at the Guardian, was an android.

  • 1993 Science Fiction Age Jan. 6/2

    If androids and aliens can survive peaceably with humans, can’t we humans learn to deal peacefully with just ourselves?

  • 1993 G. Bear Moving Mars 134 Greg Bear

    I was pretty sure he wasn’t an Earth-made android, but the suspicion never passed completely.

  • 1994 B. Hambly Crossroad xvii. 256 Barbara Hambly

    She had finally found him, or the android he had built to house his mind and personality, he had built for himself an android geisha.

  • 1998 W. Shatner et al. Spectre ii. 22 bibliography

    When even an android reacted to his impatience, he knew he had gone too far.

  • 2020 E. Bear Machine 34 Elizabeth Bear bibliography

    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.’

Research requirements

antedating 1936

Earliest cite

Jack Williamson, in Astounding

Research History
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2020 cite from Elizabeth Bear.

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