"it slowly dawned on me that the landscape of science is maybe what interests people a great deal in science fiction."
Compare to the electrical valet from The Lord of Tranerica (1939) by Stanton A. Coblentz, the butler-valet robot from The Jester (1951) by William Tenn, the consumption robots from The Midas Plague (1954) by Frederik Pohl, the robutler from The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge (1970) by Harry Harrison and the autobutle from The Godmakers (1972) by Frank Herbert.
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