Summary (Magill's Survey of American Literature, Revised Edition)
By an accidental arrangement of positronic brain pathways, robot NDR (“Andrew”) is artistic and can learn. His owners, the Martin family, treat him well, selling his art but depositing half the proceeds into his account and getting him every upgrade. Finally Andrew buys his freedom, wears clothes, writes a robot history, obtains legal rights for robots, replaces his body parts with organic ones, and becomes a robobiologist. Finally, his request to be declared a man is turned down because of his immortality. He then arranges for the potential of his immortal body to be slowly drained, and on his two hundredth anniversary the world president signs the act declaring the dying Andrew “a Bicentennial Man.” “The Bicentennial Man” was filmed in 1999, with Robin Williams as Andrew.
(The entire section is 126 words.)
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