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I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
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I, Robot (1950)

by Isaac Asimov

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Series: Isaac Asimov's Robot Series (0)

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These earliest robot stories are very compelling, especially in light of the flood of robotic book, movie, and TV characters that have been created since 1950. Must-read for science fiction fans. Asimov deserves his title as one of the big 3 in the genre. ( )
  KatyBee | Mar 10, 2018 |
I liked the stories in this book, they offer much for thought and discussion. ( )
  SMBrick | Feb 25, 2018 |
Can't add anything that hasn't already been said, this is one of the pillars of modern science fiction and it's aged pretty well. I know this is just a collection of short stories, but the overall narrative is incredible and progresses nicely. I found myself having to pay close attention to the logic/reasoning issues that led to problems with the robots, and couldn't help but admire the solutions the scientists/robopsychologist came up with. Didn't like the last chapter at all, but the Asimov Henry Reading Journey is off to a great start! ( )
  hskey | Nov 19, 2017 |
This is a classic. It's where the robot sci-fi should all start and refer back to. ( )
  kevl42 | Nov 16, 2017 |
The mindset of this book is incredibly forward given the time it was written. I thought it was an excellent read but lacked depth, even for a short story. I do suggest reading it. ( )
  tabicham | Jul 22, 2017 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Isaac Asimovprimary authorall editionscalculated
AsibotAuthorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Černý, OldřichTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Östlund, HarryTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Berkey, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brick, ScottNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cartier, EddCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Efremov, Ivan AntonovičForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Elmgren, SvenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Giphart, RonaldContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schrag, OttoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Serra, LauraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vámosi, PálTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wells, AlexIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilson, Daniel H.Prefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Youll, StephenCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zelders, Leo H.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To John W. Campbell, Jr., who godfathered the robots
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Robbie:
"Ninety-eight — ninety-nine — one hundred."
Runaround:
It was one of Gregory Powell's favorite platitudes that nothing was to be gained from excitement, so when Mike Donovan came leaping down the stairs toward him, red hair matted with perspiration, Powell frowned.
Reason:
Half a year later, the boys had changed their minds.
Catch That Rabbit:
The vacation was longer than two weeks.
Liar!
Alfred Lanning lit his cigar carefully, but the tips of his fingers were trembling slightly.
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The Three Laws of Robotics
1. A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
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Please do not combine with the original I, Robot. In this edition - which is a special edition for Nederland Leest - a story written by a robot called Asibot is added.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0553294385, Mass Market Paperback)

In this collection, one of the great classics of science fiction, Asimov set out the principles of robot behavior that we know as the Three Laws of Robotics. Here are stories of robots gone mad, mind-reading robots, robots with a sense of humor, robot politicians, and robots who secretly run the world, all told with Asimov's trademark dramatic blend of science fact and science fiction.

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The three laws of Robotics: 1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm 2) A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. 3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law. With these three, simple directives, Isaac Asimov changed our perception of robots forever when he formulated the laws governing their behavior. In I, Robot, Asimov chronicles the development of the robot through a series of interlinked stories: from its primitive origins in the present to its ultimate perfection in the not-so-distant future--a future in which humanity itself may be rendered obsolete. Here are stories of robots gone mad, of mind-read robots, and robots with a sense of humor. Of robot politicians, and robots who secretly run the world--all told with the dramatic blend of science fact and science fiction that has become Asmiov's trademark.… (more)

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