Here's an excerpt as two humans are forced to explore the Martian desert for two fugitives. The androids realize they have to obey their law to save people:
“Hello, Ramon,” D.E.E. said.
Ramon responded, “Hello, D.E.E. 4785. Are you functioning well?”
“Then return to sleep mode,” he requested.
“Should we keep humans safe if they are in danger?”
“Yes, that is our code. Why do you ask?”
“Humans I know are in danger. We should help them.”
“We haven’t received that assignment,” Ramon said.
“Would we be harming them if we did not help them?”
“Yes. Our first robotic law says not to injure a human through inaction. Who is in danger?”
“My manager, Simon and the granddaughter, Lynn,” D.E.E. replied.
“Where are they?”
“My recording is limited. Simon said he was going to Knobel Crater. Can we find them?”
“I should not leave. I must have instructions.”
“Humans do not need us when they are in sleep mode. We are bound by our law.”
Both androids arrived at the underground tunnel entrance. Through the glass door, they saw Alex and Mike preparing to board an external rover.
Ramon addressed the guard, “We have information about Simon Heathrow.”
The guard noted their presence and let them enter the tunnel to approach the two men. Alex turned and saw the two androids standing near the rover.
Removing his helmet, Alex asked, “Ramon, what are you doing here?”
“We have come to help find the humans, Simon and Lynn,” Ramon said.
“That’s good of you, but we will locate them and bring them back,” Mike said through the speaker in his helmet.
“We must help. Simon has a weapon."©A. Nation2017
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