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"I do think there is a link in that in both cases, writing fiction or writing a computer program, at any given moment you're focusing on a very specific and particular thing—one word, one line of code, whatever."
- Neal Stephenson

Police Robot  
  A fully autonomous, man-shaped robotic police officer.  

The sleepy little spaceport town of Nineport, Mars, is totally unprepared for the arrival of a new police officer from Earth.

Experimental or not, this was a nice-looking hunk of machinery. A uniform navy-blue all over, though the outlet cases, hooks and such were a metallic gold... This was as close as a robot could get to a cop in uniform, without being a joke.

Then I noticed the tiny glow of light in the robot's eye lenses...

"Get out of that box," I said.

The robot came up smooth and fast as a rocket, landing two feet in front of me and whipping out a snappy salute.

"Police Experimental Robot, serial number XPO-50-934B reporting for duty, sir."

From Arm of the Law, by Harry Harrison.
Published by Fantastic Universe in 1958
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