Satisfaction Guaranteed (short story)
|Genre(s)||Science fiction short story|
|Published in||Amazing Stories|
|Media type||Print (Magazine, Hardback & Paperback)|
|Publication date||April 1951|
"Satisfaction Guaranteed" is a science fiction short story by Isaac Asimov, originally published in the April 1951 issue of Amazing Stories, and included in the collections Earth Is Room Enough (1957), The Rest of the Robots (1964), and The Complete Robot (1982).
Robot TN-3 (also known as Tony) is designed as a humanoid household robot, an attempt by US Robots to get robots accepted in the home. He is placed with Claire Belmont, whose husband works for the company, as an experiment, but she is reluctant to accept him. Tony realizes that Claire has very low self-esteem, and tries to help her by redecorating her house and giving her a make-over. Finally, he pretends to be her lover, and deliberately lets the neighbors see him kissing Claire, thus increasing her self-esteem. In the end, though, Claire falls in love with Tony, and becomes depressed when he is taken back to the lab. The TN-3 robot models are rebuilt, since US Robots think that they should not produce a model that a woman will fall in love with.
The Rest of the Robots
The Complete Robot