The image that popped into my head was a woman answering the door and finding a chest freezer on her stoop. Not literally a freezer, just an object of that size and shape. Turned out to be a robot, working for the cops.
And as you may deduce, its name turned out to be Carson.
That's pretty much all I have to say about the story. It's short. Go ahead and read it and see what you think. You can read the first page here.
The stories are loosely connected by an interview with Dr. Susan Calvin, who appears in some of them. She is the chief robopsychologist for U.S. Robots and Mechanical Men, Inc.
Perhaps the most famous thing about these stories is the Three Laws of Robotics. (And by the way, Asimov coined the word "robotics." He assumed it already existed.) Many other authors have silently adopted the Laws or otherwise played with the concept. Here they are:
First Law: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
- Second Law: A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
- Third Law: A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
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Asimov went on to write a series of mystery novels featuring a pairing of human and robots, beginning with The Caves of Steel.
His robot cop appeared to be human. As far as I know, none of his robots were ever mistaken for a freezer. So I can claim at least that much originality.