This is the origin of the word robot and is taken from the word meaning 'to work' think of it as Faust for Isaac Asimov. Classic story and very worth reading if you are into scifi or the origins of ideas.
Patti Larsen is one of those authors who listens to her characters and let them tell their stories through her pen. Sydlynn Hayles came to her one night, urging her to write Family Magic - Larsen had no idea that Syd would still be with her twenty books later. As our Author of the Day, Larsen reveals her secret skills, talks about the importance of family and chats about her work schedule.