The First Chinese SCI-FI Story by Lie-Zi, 4th Century BCE

The world's oldest Chinese sci-fi story? It's a robot story written by the Taoist philosopher Lie Zi written in the 4th century BCE!!

It goes like this:

"In the year 1023, the artificer Yan Shi presented a marvelous invention before the fifth king of the Chinese Zhou Dynasty, King Mu. It was a life-sized automaton.

To the king's astonished eyes, the figure walked with rapid strides, moving its head up and down, so that anyone would have taken it for a live human being. The artificer touched its chin, and it began singing, perfectly in tune.

He touched its hand, and it began posturing, keeping perfect time.

As the performance was drawing to an end, the robot winked its eye and made advances to the ladies in attendance, whereupon the king became incensed and would have had Yen Shih executed on the spot had not the latter, in mortal fear, instantly taken the robot to pieces to let him see what it really was. And, indeed, it turned out to be only a construction of leather, wood, glue, and lacquer, variously colored white, black, red and blue.

Examining it closely, the king found all the internal organs complete—liver, gall, heart, lungs, spleen, kidneys, stomach, and intestines; and over these again, muscles, bones, and limbs with their joints, skin, teeth, and hair, all of them artificial.

Fascinated, the king tried the effect of taking away the heart and found that the mouth could no longer speak.

He took away the liver and the eyes could no longer see.

He took away the kidneys and the legs lost their power of locomotion.

The king was delighted.