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Title:Isaac Asimov's Caliban
Authors:Roger MacBride Allen
Info:New York: Ace Books, 1993.
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In a universe protected by the Three Laws of Robotics, humans are safe.
The First Law states, A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

When an experiment with a new type of robot brain goes awry, the unthinkable happens. Caliban is created... A robot without guilt or conscience. A robot with no knowledge of or compassion for humanity. A robot without the Three Laws. ( )
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  Tutter | Feb 25, 2015 |
I finally got around to reading this series, and, well, I can understand why several times I started to read, put the book away, and never came back. The three novels tell the story of how the planet Inferno is saved from its original, faulty terra-forming. Along the way new robots, with a modified set of 'Asimov' laws are created.

The story is competently written, but that is all. No spark of creativity, the characters are listless, going through the motions. The robots perhaps show more character than the humans? Or is that saying too much?

Ok, to read once, just to see what it is all about, but not on my 'must re-read list'. ( )
  Traveller1 | Mar 30, 2013 |
This is a "robot mystery" in the style of Asimov, but actually written by Roger MacBride Allen. Wikipedia assures me that Asimov approved the outline for this book, as well as the other two by Roger:

"Shortly before his death in 1992, Asimov approved an outline for three novels (Caliban, Inferno, Utopia) by Roger MacBride Allen, set between Robots and Empire and the Empire series, telling the story of the terraforming of the Spacer world Inferno, and about the robot revolution started by creating a "No Law" Robot, and then New Law Robots."

Roger is an interesting author, and appears to have written quite a few books, with a strong tendency for basing them in other author's universes. Its interesting to meet an author who is so seemingly willing to base his work on that of others.

This book didn't strike me as well written as Asimov's, but that's a pretty high bar to meet. It should be noted that Amazon reviews disagree with me on this point. Its rendition is certainly competent though, and the story is a good one.

http://www.stillhq.com/book/Roger_MacBride_Allen/Caliban.html ( )
  mikal | Nov 15, 2008 |
Not too bad, fairly light weight reading. But certainly not up to Asimov's standard.
  IdeasWIN | Aug 10, 2008 |
My Isaac Asimov kick starts to wind down with the first book of Allen's Caliban trilogy, a series that examines the Three Laws in a way Asimov himself hadn't done since Robots and Empire, and hadn't done with success since I, Robot. In addition, Allen creates a robot mystery better than any since The Naked Sun (possibly even The Caves of Steel). The planet of Inferno also manages to give us a good glimpse at both Spacer and Settler cultures; it's nice to see a bunch of Spacers who, while dependent on robots, aren't total nutjobs for once. Caliban himself is a compelling character, too, a type Asimov never did much with himself (aside from Andrew Martin, maybe)-- someone not quite a robot, not quite a human being.
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Before his death in 1992, Isaac Asimov conceived the next step in robot evolution: Caliban. In a universe protected by the Three Laws of Robotics, humans are safe. Robots are bound by law to care for and to obey them. But when an experiment with a new type of robot goes awry, Caliban is created. He is without guilt or conscience--and he has no knowledge of or compassion for humanity.

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