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"Generally, the human race avoids doing anything radical until forced into it."
- Frederik Pohl

General Strike of the Robots  
  All over the world, robots cease their labors.  

Then Rex loosed the blow which stunned the population of United North America.

He constructed a complicated radio transmitter and broadcast a heterodyning frequency over the robot-control wave band, a frequency that rendered the receptor apparatus of every last one of the robots unresponsive to human commands and responsive only to those of the new master robot and his eleven chief aids. In one stroke was obtained control of nearly a billion robots, and, through this, dominion over the three hundred millions of human beings. Rex had justified his name; he was virtually king of United North America.

It was a general strike of the robots in so far as the orders of their former masters were concerned. Personal robot servants refused to perform their daily tasks. Transportation and communication were paralyzed.

Technovelgy from Rex, by Harl Vincent.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1934
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Compare to robot strike from Robots of the World! Arise! by Mari Wolf.

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