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Free Robot  
  A robot without a master.  

Having been emancipated by his owner, Robert F(ree)-R(obot), the free robot, was the only one of his kind.

Yes, he had won his right to freedom, but it had taken five years of fighting in courts throughout the country. The country had been divided on the issue. Most were against him, some were mildly tolerant but no one favored his cause.

Anti-robot leagues had come into existence, and the newspapers had washed the nation in violent propaganda. Robert was eventually freed, but Congress immediately passed a law prohibiting any further robot manumission. The will had originally provided for him to have a share in the Ashburne estate, but the lawyers fees had wiped that out. He was penniless. He needed money to maintain himself; there was lubrication, power pile reactivation and gasketing to be taken care of. He needed a job badly.

From Robot Unwanted, by Daniel Keyes.
Published by Other Worlds in 1952
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