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Bicentennial Man by Isaac Asimov

Bicentennial Man (1976)

by Isaac Asimov

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As with any Asmivo short story collection, the strong ones are strong and weak ones are week. "Bicentennial Man" is by far the best one of this collection. "Life and Times of Multivac" is also strong. And although it's only a cameo, love seeing Susan Calvin in "Feminine Intuition." ( )
  endlesserror | Oct 21, 2015 |
A strangely moving story, the movie, starring Robbie Williams as the Robot, captured it extremely well and is one of the few times I actually warmed to Williams as an actor. ( )
  Chris.Graham | Jul 30, 2013 |
Arthur C. Clarke said that science fiction done well at the least can give the pleasure of a "good puzzle" and entertain. Asimov is always science fiction done well, and this collection is no exception. I don't think Asimov has a strong prose style, and his characters are rarely memorable. But in the best stories by him I've read, such as "The Dead Past" or "Nightfall" he can stun me by making me see the world in a whole new way.

I don't think any of the stories here are of that order--with the possible exception of "The Bicentennial Man." Asimov rarely pulls at my heartstrings--the short stories "The Dead Past" and "The Ugly Little Boy" are exceptions. This is another one--I had a lump in my throat by the end. And it's so well done--the whole passing of different generations in the lifetime of this robot. Oh, yeah, it's a robot story--an Asimov specialty. As are two of my other favorites outings in the book, "Feminine Intuition" and "That Thou Art Mindful of Him." I do love the point Asimov made in the first story mentioned, and how... subversive the other one is of his own robot lore. Both "The Lives and Times of Multivac" and "The Winnowing" have wicked good twists. And I liked the undersea setting of "Waterclap."

There wasn't any of the 12 stories I didn't like. Those were just the ones I found standouts. I can't imagine a science fiction fan not enjoying these. ( )
  LisaMaria_C | Feb 5, 2013 |
  rustyoldboat | May 28, 2011 |
Esencial para seguidores de Asimov y recomendable para todos los que gusten de la buena ciencia ficción. ( )
  kazancapi | Aug 8, 2009 |
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and the swath she is cutting in our field
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Here I am with another collection of science fiction stories, and I sit here and think, with more than a little astonishment, that I have been writing and publishing science fiction now for just three-eighths of a century.
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Eleven hitherto uncollected stories accompanied by a running autobiographical commentary.

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