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"...a market economy is essentially a genetic algorithm for solving resource allocation problems..."
- Charles Stross

Robotic Animals  
  Artificial animals created using robotic elements.  

Gramp strode forward and looked. And what he saw - instead of flesh and bone, instead of any animal structure - were metal plates and molten wire and cogs of many shapes and sizes.

"Robots," he said. "I'll be a bowlegged Marshie if that ain't what they are. Nothin' but dog-gone robot animals."

From Reunion on Ganymede, by Clifford Simak.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1938
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Compare to the electric sheep from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) by Philip K. Dick, Purza the Pukha, from The Rowan, a 1990 novel by Anne McCaffrey.

See also Ray Bradbury's mechanical hound from Fahrenheit 451 (1953).

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