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Robbie (1940)

by Isaac Asimov

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Read as part of the 1941 Retro-Hugo packet.

This was Asimov's very first robot story, and it's simultaneously sweet, entertaining and thought-provoking.

A little girl has been provided by her wealthy father with a newfangled robot companion, specially programmed for childcare - and the two are inseparable. However, her mother has an innate distrust of technology, and her doubts are fed by a growing prejudice against robots in society. She convinces her husband to take Robbie the robot away, and to replace him with a dog.

However, the girl is inconsolable at the loss...

Asimov makes a good (if emotional) case against the resistance to technological change here, and it's fascinating to see the emergence of themes which he further developed later in his career. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Aug 4, 2016 |
Read as part of the 1941 Retro-Hugo packet.

This was Asimov's very first robot story, and it's simultaneously sweet, entertaining and thought-provoking.

A little girl has been provided by her wealthy father with a newfangled robot companion, specially programmed for childcare - and the two are inseparable. However, her mother has an innate distrust of technology, and her doubts are fed by a growing prejudice against robots in society. She convinces her husband to take Robbie the robot away, and to replace him with a dog.

However, the girl is inconsolable at the loss...

Asimov makes a good (if emotional) case against the resistance to technological change here, and it's fascinating to see the emergence of themes which he further developed later in his career. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Aug 4, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0886822319, Hardcover)

When Gloria's mother deprives her of her beloved robot playmate Robbie, Gloria is inconsolable and goes into a decline.

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When Gloria's mother deprives her of her beloved robot playmate Robbie, Gloria is inconsolable and goes into a decline.

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