Robbie (Strange Playfellow) by Isaac Asimov:
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This is Asimov's first robot story; he started writing it in June of 1939. Originally published under the title Strange Playfellow, chosen by editor Frederik Pohl. Asimov didn't care for the title, and renamed it in his I, Robot collection.

The story describes the work of a mute RB series robot, given the name Robbie by its family, which takes care of the daughter.

('Robbie' by Isaac Asimov)

In 2016 Robbie won a retro 1941 Hugo Award for best short story.

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