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"We [science fiction writers] always wanted to believe in "private sector" space -- hucksters make better characters than a government does."
- Larry Niven

Android  
  A synthetic being having the form of a human being.  

This is probably the first use of the word 'android' in the era of science fiction.

"The traffic that brought him such enormous wealth was the production and sale of androids...

Eldo Arrynu," amplified Jay Kalam, "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."

From The Cometeers, by Jack Williamson.
Published by Street and Smith in 1936
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See also androide from Cyclopaedia: or, An Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (1727) by Ephraim Chambers, andy from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (1968) by Philip K. Dick and droid from Star Wars (1976) by George Lucas.

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