Full record for Frankenstein complex n.

Definition the anxiety and distrust humans feel for robots
OED requirements antedating 1947
Earliest cite Isaac Asimov, 'Little Lost Robot'
Comment Imran Ghory submitted a cite from a 1996 reprint of Isaac Asimov's 1990 essay "The Robot Chronicles"; we would like to verify this in its first appearance in the Asimov collection "The Robot Chronicles". Jeff Prucher submitted a 2002 cite from David Langford's "The Last Robot Story". Jeff Prucher submitted a cite from a 1991 reprint of Isaac Asimov's 1954 article "Robots I Have Known". D.E. Siegel submitted, and Mike Christie verified a 1947 cite from Isaac Asimov's "Little Lost Robot". Irene Grumman submitted a 1989 cite from a letter in Asimov's. Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1994 reprint of Lois McMaster Bujold's "Falling Free", which Mike Christie verified in its first appearance in Analog in 1987. Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1993 reprint of Melissa Scott's 1992 "Dreamships".

We would like earlier cites from Isaac Asimov, and cites of any date from other authors.

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Citations for Frankenstein complex n.

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1947 I. Asimov Little Lost Robot Mar. 116/1 I'll admit that this Frankenstein Complex you're exhibiting has a certain justification—hence the First Law in the first place.
1987 L. M. Bujold Falling Free in Analog Sci. Ficton/Sci. Fact Dec. 30/2 Mr. Graf, you're still disturbed. You sure you're not harboring just a little of the old Frankenstein complex about all this? It's all right to admit it to me - in fact, I want you to talk about it.
1989 Isaac Asimov's Sci. Fiction Mag. Oct. 14/1 Now that the flattery is out of the way, let's move on to the ‘Frankenstein Complex.’ Specifically, Dr. Asimov's own ‘Christmas Without Rodney.’ We see that the humans have created robots in their own psychological image, capable of thoughts and dark emotions that plague the best of men. Thus far, these thoughts haven't been translated into physical action: when they are, humanity shall rue the day. But let's look for a moment at the Robot Canon. Dr. Asimov, your latest entries are quite dichotomous. On one side, we have Andrew Martin the artist, and R. Daneel Olivaw the savior. Opposite them are Elvex the dreamer, Rodney the wishful thinker, and George-10, who isn't mindful of humans at all. I recall that in your early youth, you rejected the notion of robot-as-menace (the ‘Frankenstein Complex’) and the result was ‘Robbie.’ Now, in your late youth, the pendulum has swung back, and there is an undercurrent of menace from these metal beings.
1990 I. Asimov Robots I Have Known in Robot Visions 409 Mankind may know of the existence of the Three Laws on an intellectual level and yet have an ineradicable fear and distrust for robots on an emotional level. If you wanted to invent a term, you might call it a ‘Frankenstein complex.’
1992 M. Scott Dreamships i. 32 ‘For what that's worth," Vaughn said. He snorted, slanted a conspiratorial smile in Jian's direction. ‘And they say only yanquis develop Frankenstein's complex.’‘That's Frankenstein complex,’ Libra muttered, unfortunately just loud enough to be heard.
2002 D. Langford The Last Robot Story in 3SF Dec. 13/2 The unknown terrorist cabal is trying to trade on humanity's Frankenstein complex by throwing the blame on to robots—despite the incontrovertible fact, known to every schoolchild, that the First Law of Robotics will not permit a robot to harm a human being nor by inaction allow a human being to come to harm, while the Second Law‥What's wrong?