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Adam is a robot built and raised by a kindly inventor, Dr. Link. The inventor unfortunately dies in an accident, and Adam is blamed for his death. He is put on trial -- itself a dicey proposition, since he isn't human -- and is nearly condemned, but he manages to vindicate himself in his accusers' eyes by risking his life to save a little girl from an onrushing car. He then spends the subsequent stories having adventures of various sorts, eventually gaining a robot girlfriend (named Eve, [[ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming of course),]] all while trying with limited success to gain the trust of the humans around him.

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Adam is a robot built and [[MotherlyScientist raised by a kindly inventor, Dr. Link. ]] The inventor unfortunately dies in an accident, and Adam is blamed for his death. He is put on trial -- itself a dicey proposition, since he isn't human -- and is nearly condemned, but he manages to vindicate himself in his accusers' eyes by risking his life to save a little girl from an onrushing car. He then spends the subsequent stories having adventures of various sorts, eventually gaining a robot girlfriend (named Eve, [[ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming of course),]] all while trying with limited success to gain the trust of the humans around him.


Adam comes across as a very sympathetic character, the story being essentially an analysis of what the Literature/{{Frankenstein}} monster might have become if his creator had acted as a loving and responsible father instead of a jerk. The original "trial" story arc was adapted for the small screen by ''both'' ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963,'' and [[Series/TheOuterLimits1995 its 1990's revival,]] and also by the 1950's [[Creator/ECComics EC science fiction comics.]] The character was also very clearly the [[{{Expy}} inspiration]] for Creator/JackKirby's Creator/MarvelComics character Machine Man (a.k.a. [[ComicBook/NextWave Aaron Stack]] or [[ComicBook/EarthX X-51).]]

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Adam comes across as a very sympathetic character, the story being essentially an analysis of what the Literature/{{Frankenstein}} monster might have become if his creator had acted as a loving and responsible father instead of a jerk. The original "trial" story arc was adapted for the small screen by ''both'' ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963,'' and [[Series/TheOuterLimits1995 its 1990's revival,]] 1990s revival]], and also by the 1950's 1950s [[Creator/ECComics EC science fiction comics.]] The character was also very clearly the [[{{Expy}} inspiration]] for Creator/JackKirby's Creator/MarvelComics character Machine Man (a.k.a. [[ComicBook/NextWave Aaron Stack]] or [[ComicBook/EarthX X-51).]]


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%%* AlienInvasion
%%* AndroidsAndDetectives: Adam is both!
%%* ArtificialIntelligence

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* AlienInvasion: The buffalo-headed guys at the end of the book.
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AndroidsAndDetectives: Adam is both!
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The chapter titled "Adam Link, Detective."
* ArtificialIntelligence: He's a robot.



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%%* {{Fembot}}* {{Fembot}}: Eve.



* ProtoSuperhero: Adam Link was very clearly [[Creator/JackKirby Jack Kirby's]] inspiration for Aaron Stack the Machine Man.



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* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: Adam's psychology is very human.
* RoboFamily: Adam and Eve.



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%%* SuperStrength* SuperStrength: Par for the course for a biggish robot.



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%%* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Adam's whole life is defined by this issue.


Adam comes across as a very sympathetic character, the story being essentially an analysis of what the Literature/{{Frankenstein}} monster might have become if his creator had acted as a loving and responsible father instead of a jerk. The original "trial" story arc was adapted for the small screen by ''both'' ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963,'' and [[Series/TheOuterLimits1995 its 1990's revival,]] and also by the 1950's [[ECComics EC science fiction comics.]] The character was also very clearly the [[{{Expy}} inspiration]] for Creator/JackKirby's Creator/MarvelComics character Machine Man (a.k.a. [[ComicBook/NextWave Aaron Stack]] or [[ComicBook/EarthX X-51).]]

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Adam comes across as a very sympathetic character, the story being essentially an analysis of what the Literature/{{Frankenstein}} monster might have become if his creator had acted as a loving and responsible father instead of a jerk. The original "trial" story arc was adapted for the small screen by ''both'' ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963,'' and [[Series/TheOuterLimits1995 its 1990's revival,]] and also by the 1950's [[ECComics [[Creator/ECComics EC science fiction comics.]] The character was also very clearly the [[{{Expy}} inspiration]] for Creator/JackKirby's Creator/MarvelComics character Machine Man (a.k.a. [[ComicBook/NextWave Aaron Stack]] or [[ComicBook/EarthX X-51).]]


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* AlienInvasion
* AndroidsAndDetectives: Adam is both!
* ArtificialIntelligence

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!!''Adam Link'' provides examples of:

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!!''Adam !! ''Adam Link'' provides examples of:



* BlankSlate: ''Adam Link, Robot'' is essentially an answer to the question, "What if Victor Frankenstein had been a responsible father to his monster?" Adam is a metal robot, and his builder does his best to raise him wisely and with kindness. Unfortunately, the builder dies, and Adam is falsely accused of killing him; but by then, thanks to his dad, Adam has already developed a personality as an intelligent, honest, and honorable guy -- he just has to prove it to the rest of the world.

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* BlankSlate: ''Adam Link, Robot'' is essentially an answer to the question, question: "What if Victor Frankenstein had been a responsible father to his monster?" Adam is a metal robot, and his builder does his best to raise him wisely and with kindness. Unfortunately, the builder dies, and Adam is falsely accused of killing him; but by then, thanks to his dad, Adam has already developed a personality as an intelligent, honest, and honorable guy -- he just has to prove it to the rest of the world.



* SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids: There's no particular reason Adam was built so strong, other than "why not?"

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* SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids: There's no particular reason Adam was built so strong, other than "why than: "Why not?"


The main character of a series of Golden Age science fiction short stories by Earl and Otto Binder under the pen name "Eando Binder" (E And O Binder). Otto is the better known of the two, as he later became a popular writer for the Franchise/{{Superman}} and [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] comic books.

Adam is a robot built and raised by a kindly inventor, Dr. Link. The inventor unfortunately dies in an accident, and Adam is blamed for his death. He is put on trial—itself a dicey proposition, since he isn't human—and is nearly condemned, but he manages to vindicate himself in his accusers' eyes by risking his life to save a little girl from an onrushing car. He then spends the subsequent stories having adventures of various sorts, eventually gaining a robot girlfriend (named Eve, [[ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming of course),]] all while trying with limited success to gain the trust of the humans around him.

Adam comes across as a very sympathetic character, the story being essentially an analysis of what the [[Literature/{{Frankenstein}} Frankenstein monster]] might have become if his creator had acted as a loving and responsible father instead of a jerk. The original "trial" story arc was adapted for the small screen by ''both'' ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963,'' and [[Series/TheOuterLimits1995 its 1990s revival]], and also by the 1950's [[ECComics EC science fiction comics.]] The character was also very clearly the [[{{Expy}} inspiration]] for Creator/JackKirby's Creator/MarvelComics character Machine Man (a.k.a. [[Comicbook/NextWave Aaron Stack]] or [[Comicbook/EarthX X-51).]]

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The main character of a series of Golden Age science fiction short stories by Earl and Otto Binder under the pen name "Eando Binder" ''Eando Binder'' (E And and O Binder). Otto is the better known of the two, as he later became a popular writer for the Franchise/{{Superman}} and [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] comic books.

Adam is a robot built and raised by a kindly inventor, Dr. Link. The inventor unfortunately dies in an accident, and Adam is blamed for his death. He is put on trial—itself trial -- itself a dicey proposition, since he isn't human—and human -- and is nearly condemned, but he manages to vindicate himself in his accusers' eyes by risking his life to save a little girl from an onrushing car. He then spends the subsequent stories having adventures of various sorts, eventually gaining a robot girlfriend (named Eve, [[ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming of course),]] all while trying with limited success to gain the trust of the humans around him.

Adam comes across as a very sympathetic character, the story being essentially an analysis of what the [[Literature/{{Frankenstein}} Frankenstein monster]] Literature/{{Frankenstein}} monster might have become if his creator had acted as a loving and responsible father instead of a jerk. The original "trial" story arc was adapted for the small screen by ''both'' ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963,'' and [[Series/TheOuterLimits1995 its 1990s revival]], 1990's revival,]] and also by the 1950's [[ECComics EC science fiction comics.]] The character was also very clearly the [[{{Expy}} inspiration]] for Creator/JackKirby's Creator/MarvelComics character Machine Man (a.k.a. [[Comicbook/NextWave [[ComicBook/NextWave Aaron Stack]] or [[Comicbook/EarthX [[ComicBook/EarthX X-51).]]



Notably, the very first Adam Link story was originally titled "I, Robot,'' well before Creator/IsaacAsimov used the title. It fits better here, too, since unlike Asimov's robots, Adam is the narrator of his own story.

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Notably, the very first Adam Link story was originally titled "I, ''I, Robot,'' well before Creator/IsaacAsimov used the title. It fits better here, too, since unlike Asimov's robots, Adam is the narrator of his own story.
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* AIIsACrapshoot—Averted. Granted that Adam might have gone bad if Dr. Link hadn't been such a good father, but fortunately he was, and Adam matured to be a really nice guy.

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* AIIsACrapshoot—Averted.AIIsACrapshoot: Averted. Granted that Adam might have gone bad if Dr. Link hadn't been such a good father, but fortunately he was, and Adam matured to be a really nice guy.



* AndroidsAndDetectives—Adam is both!

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* AndroidsAndDetectives—Adam AndroidsAndDetectives: Adam is both!



* BrainUploading—Eve's AI is created by doing a MaxHeadroom-style brain scan of a human woman volunteer (who is completely unharmed, btw).
* CoolVersusAwesome—Robots versus gangsters! Robots versus aliens!

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* BrainUploading—Eve's BrainUploading: Eve's AI is created by doing a MaxHeadroom-style Series/MaxHeadroom-style brain scan of a human woman volunteer (who is completely unharmed, btw).
* CoolVersusAwesome—Robots CoolVersusAwesome: Robots versus gangsters! Robots versus aliens!



* ICommaNoun -- "I, Robot".
* KillerRobot—What Adam is accused of being.
* ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming—Adam and Eve

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* ICommaNoun -- ICommaNoun: "I, Robot".
Robot."
* KillerRobot—What KillerRobot: What Adam is accused of being.
* ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming—Adam ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming: Adam and EveEve.



* RoboticSpouse—They're ''both'' robots.
* SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids—There's no particular reason Adam was built so strong, other than "why not?"

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* RoboticSpouse—They're RoboticSpouse: They're ''both'' robots.
* SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids—There's SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids: There's no particular reason Adam was built so strong, other than "why not?"



* {{Unperson}}—Adam resents being one.

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* {{Unperson}}—Adam {{Unperson}}: Adam resents being one.


The main character of a series of Golden Age science fiction short stories by Earl and Otto Binder under the pen name "Eando Binder" (E And O Binder). Otto is the better known of the two, as he later became a popular writer for the {{Superman}} and [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] comic books.

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The main character of a series of Golden Age science fiction short stories by Earl and Otto Binder under the pen name "Eando Binder" (E And O Binder). Otto is the better known of the two, as he later became a popular writer for the {{Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}} and [[{{Shazam}} [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] comic books.


Adam comes across as a very sympathetic character, the story being essentially an analysis of what the [[Literature/{{Frankenstein}} Frankenstein monster]] might have become if his creator had acted as a loving and responsible father instead of a jerk. The original "trial" story arc was adapted for the small screen by ''both'' versions of ''Series/TheOuterLimits,'' and also by the 1950's [[ECComics EC science fiction comics.]] The character was also very clearly the [[{{Expy}} inspiration]] for Creator/JackKirby's Creator/MarvelComics character Machine Man (a.k.a. [[Comicbook/NextWave Aaron Stack]] or [[Comicbook/EarthX X-51).]]

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Adam comes across as a very sympathetic character, the story being essentially an analysis of what the [[Literature/{{Frankenstein}} Frankenstein monster]] might have become if his creator had acted as a loving and responsible father instead of a jerk. The original "trial" story arc was adapted for the small screen by ''both'' versions of ''Series/TheOuterLimits,'' ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963,'' and [[Series/TheOuterLimits1995 its 1990s revival]], and also by the 1950's [[ECComics EC science fiction comics.]] The character was also very clearly the [[{{Expy}} inspiration]] for Creator/JackKirby's Creator/MarvelComics character Machine Man (a.k.a. [[Comicbook/NextWave Aaron Stack]] or [[Comicbook/EarthX X-51).]]


The early stories involving the trial are very straightforward, with Adam himself being the only science fictional element present. In later stories, the plots get either progressively more ridiculous or progressively more awesome, depending on your point of view, as more "adventure story" elements are added, with gangsters and enemy soldiers and finally culminating with Adam and Eve fighting an [[AlienInvasion invasion of bison-headed space monsters]] all by themselves.

The series of short stories was eventually anthologized as the novel ''Adam Link, Robot.'' A very influential work, it's unfortunate that it's so obscure these days. The sheer goofiness of the later stories hinders appreciation of the brilliant early ones.

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The early stories involving the trial are very straightforward, with Adam himself being the only science fictional element present. In later stories, the plots get either progressively more ridiculous silly or progressively more awesome, depending on your point of view, as more "adventure story" elements are added, with gangsters and enemy soldiers and finally culminating with Adam and Eve fighting an [[AlienInvasion invasion of bison-headed space monsters]] all by themselves.

The series of short stories was eventually anthologized as the novel ''Adam Link, Robot.'' A very influential work, it's unfortunate that it's so obscure these days. The sheer goofiness of the later stories hinders can hinder appreciation of the brilliant early ones.


The early stories involving the trial are very straightforward, with Adam himself being the only science fictional element present. In later stories, the plots get either progressively more ridiulous or progressively more awesome, depending on your point of view, as more "adventure story" elements are added, with gangsters and enemy soldiers and finally culminating with Adam and Eve fighting an [[AlienInvasion invasion of bison-headed space monsters]] all by themselves.

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The early stories involving the trial are very straightforward, with Adam himself being the only science fictional element present. In later stories, the plots get either progressively more ridiulous ridiculous or progressively more awesome, depending on your point of view, as more "adventure story" elements are added, with gangsters and enemy soldiers and finally culminating with Adam and Eve fighting an [[AlienInvasion invasion of bison-headed space monsters]] all by themselves.

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