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"[Science fiction is] anything that turns you and your social context, the social you, inside out."
- Gregory Benford

Sheem Spider Robot  
  A robotic spider.  

The Sheem robots are described as follows:

The Sheem Robots were modeled after living animals of various worlds, and the Spider is considered to have been the most perfect of them all.

The Spider robot is seen within a dark chamber.

"The screen lit up -- for a second or two. Then it was dark again. The screen was still on. The light in the storage compartment had been cut off.

But they'd seen the robot for the moments it was visible. The great dark spider-shape crouched near the storage entry. Its unfettered master stood a dozen feet from it. Yango had looked up quickly as the screen view appeared, startled comprehension in his face, before his hand darted to the lighting switches beside the entry door. Cargo cases throughout the compartment had been shifted and tumbled about as though the bulky robot had forced a passage for itself through them...

That wasn't the worst of it.

'You saw what happened to the side of the vault?' the captain asked unsteadily.

They'd seen it. 'Burned out!' Vezzarn said, whitefaced. 'High intensity -- a combat beam! It'd take that. It's an old war robot he's got with him, skipper. You can't stop a thing like that... What do we do now?'"

From The Witches of Karres, by James Schmitz.
Published by Not known in 1966
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Thanks to Ashley for pointing this one out.

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